Gold Nuggets relay squad qualifies for national meet

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LAKE CHARLES, La. — Xavier University of Louisiana qualified for the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the women’s 400-meter relay at the McNeese Cowboy Relays Saturday.

Janelle Jones, Tramaine Shannon, Clarke Allen and Ry-Anne Riley combined to post an A-qualifying time of 47.98 seconds. They finished eighth in the event. It is the fifth consecutive year that a Gold Nuggets relay squad qualified for nationals at this distance.

The NAIA’s national meet will be May 25-27 at Gulf Shores, Ala.

Jones, Shannon, Allen and Riley also finished third in 800 relay in 1:42.01. The Gold Nuggets’ 3,200 relay team of Maliya Vaughan, Taylor Price, Carlie Calais and Brianna Pace placed third in 9:58.68. XULA’s highest men’s finish was eighth by Khalil Gallien in the 110 hurdles (15.75).

XULA produced 22 points to place 11th out of 12 colleges in combined team scoring.

Next for the Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush will be the Emory Invitational March 17-18 in Atlanta. It will be XULA’s third meet of the season.

Here are all XULA results from the McNeese Cowboy Relays:

Women
100: Alexis Milton, 21st in 12.62 seconds; Martina Wright, 28th in 12.81; Justyce Riggs, 30th in 12.87; Katelyn McMorris, 40th in 13.41
1,500: 1,500: Maliya MVaughan, 7th in 5:07.42; Taylor Price, 11th in 5:15.90; Brianna Pace, 13th in 5:22.54; Dionysia Love, 15th in 5:23.83
3,000: Dionysia Love, 12th in 11:34.32
400 Relay: Janelle Jones, Tramaine Shannon, Clarke Allen, Ry-Anne Riley, 8th in 47.98
800 Relay: Janelle Jones, Tramaine Shannon, Clarke Allen, Ry-Anne Riley, Riley 3rd in 1:42:01; Alexis Milton, Justyce Riggs, Katelyn McMorris, Martina Wright, 5th in 1:46.19
1,600 Sprint Medley Relay: Tramaine Shannon, Clarke Allen, Ry-Anne Riley, Brianna Pace, 8th in 4:24.74
3,200 Relay: Maliya Vaughan, Taylor Price, Carlie Calais, Brianna Pace, 3rd in 9:58.68

Men
100: Treshunn Miliner, 34th in 11.31
110 Hurdles: Khalil Gallien, 8th in 15.75
400 Hurdles: Khalil Gallien, 15th in 1:00.56

Combined Team Scoring
1, McNeese State 316.42 points. 2, Northwestern State 306. 3, Louisiana-Lafayette 215. 4, Southeastern Louisiana 199.14. 5, Wiley 167. 6, Grambling 133. 7, Louisiana-Monroe 130.14. 8, Alcorn State 103. 9, Southern 40. 10, Texas Southern 34. 11, XULA 22. 12, Dillard 15.

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Ed Cassiere

Ed Cassiere

Sports Information Director, Xavier University of Louisiana

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