Colonels wrap up competition at 2017 SLC Outdoor Track and Field Championships

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NEW ORLEANS – Freshman sprinter Maerys Joseph ran the final heat of the 400-meter dash in a school-record time of 55.74 seconds as the Nicholls State University women’s track team concluded the 2017 Southland Conference Track and Field Championships Sunday at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Joseph’s time topped Barlitra Dirance’s 56.04 mark that was set on April 30, 2012. Senior Elexus Allen moved to third on the all-time performance list as she just missed qualifying with a personal best 56.13.

Senior triple jumper Ashley Wheeler and junior long jumper Sakinah Abdul-Aziz earned one point apiece in their respective events. Wheeler’s third attempt in the finals of 39 feet, 4 inches put her in the top-eight of the field. Abdul-Aziz’s 18-3 finished just behind seventh-place Heaven Terrell’s 18-3 ¼.
Junior Ciera Eugene’s final javelin throw went for a personal-best 124-4, placing 11th, just three away from qualifying for the finals.

Junior Courtney Crawford was the top Colonels finisher in the 100m at 12.07 (+3.2) and 200m at 24.88 (+1.0), placing 13th and 15th, respectively.

Final Team Standings
1. Stephen F. Austin – 166
2. Sam Houston State – 164.50
3. Northwestern State – 133
4. Lamar – 133
5. McNeese – 58
6. UIW – 55.50
7. Southeastern Louisiana – 47
8. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 41
9. Abilene Christian – 37
10. Houston Baptist – 25
11. Central Arkansas – 21
12. Nicholls – 4
13. New Orleans – 1

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