McKenzie named SLC Athlete of the Week as McNeese readies to host Indoor II meets

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LAKE CHARLES – McNeese sophomore multi-event athlete Grace McKenzie has been voted as this week’s Southland Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week presented by, the league office announced on Wednesday.

McKenzie is coming off the best outing of her career in the pentathlon at the Samford Heptathlon & Pentathlon last week, and one of the best in school history.

She set a personal record and came four points shy of the school mark with 3653 points for a fourth place finish in the pentathlon.

The Cork, Ireland native also posted event PRs in the 800-meter (2:23.59), long jump (16-8.5) and 60-meter hurdles (9.11). Her point total is ranked first in the Southland Conference by more than 100 points, and is ranked 21st nationally.


McNeese will wrap up its home indoor slate on Friday and Saturday by hosting the McNeese Indoor II meet.

The college division will be held on Friday while more than 1,000 athletes are expected for Saturday’s high school meet.

Athletes from five different universities, including full squads by McNeese and Southeastern Louisiana, are entered for the college meet that gets underway at 1 p.m. with the women’s weight throw and men’s shot put.

Running events are scheduled to start at 2:45 with the distance medley relay while the sprints will start at 4 o’clock.

McNeese has several athletes entered in the meet that are ranked high in the conference standings in their respective events.

John Lemke will be looking to improve in the triple jump, where he’s ranked second at 49-11 and is fourth in the long jump at 23-5.5.

Oliver James, Nathan Jones and Enrique Soto, all ranked 1-2-3 in the conference rankings in the 3,000-meters, are not entered for that race this meet but James and Jones will compete in the mile run where they’ll join teammate Damian O’Boyle who is ranked first in the conference with a time of 4:13.78.

On the women’s side, all-conference vaulter Nicole Casper will be looking to clear her first height of the season in the pole vault while freshman Alanna Arvie (2nd in the weight throw and 7th in the shot put) is expected to improve on her previous throws in her third meet of the season.

The high school meet will begin at 9 a.m. with the boys and girls shot put and girls long jump.

Running events will begin at 10 a.m. with the 4×800-meter relays.

Admission for each event is $5.

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Matthew Bonnette

Matthew Bonnette

Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, McNeese State

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