NEW ORLEANS – Nathan Jones and Katja Woelfl gave the McNeese track and field team two medals in a weather-altering schedule on the first day of the 2017 Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Meet on Friday as the duo collected the medals in the 10,000-meter race.
Jones, the league’s indoor male athlete of the year for this past indoor season, won gold in the long distance race with a time of 31:02.09 and winning the event by 25 seconds. It’s his first league outdoor medal of his three-year running career at McNeese. He had a fifth place finish in the same event as a freshman in 2015 and failed to finish at last year’s meet.
Woelfl, a fifth-place finisher in the same event at last year’s championships, clocked a 37:00.82 time on Friday night and missing out on gold by 1.43 seconds.
The day’s events got delayed for nearly five hours due to thunderstorms rolling through the New Orleans area. That forced the league office, along with the head coaches, to restructure Saturday’s schedule that will now include the women’s discus which started on Friday but was halted after three throws, women’s javelin, women’s long jump, and women’s pole vault, all events that were scheduled for Friday.
Half of the events in both the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon were completed on Friday.
Cowgirls multi-event athlete Ashley Johnson is in third place after the day one events with 2,912 points and in striking distance of first place heading into day two with the long jump, javelin and 800-meters remaining. Kristian Ojonta is in 14th place with 2,585 points.
In the decathlon, Terren Gills is in sixth place with 3,158 points while Zach Dibbern is in ninth place with 2,966 points.
The men’s discus event wrapped up on Friday and the Cowboys’ Darko Radakovic finished just out of the scoring with a ninth place mark of 147-08.
Gabriel Alexander was the top McNeese finisher in the men’s long jump with a measure of 22-06.50 to finish 12th.