Michael Nicholls defends hurdles title at Southland Conference Indoor

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Inoussa is top point-getter for the Privateers during two days of competition

Birmingham, Ala. – University of New Orleans sophomore Michael Nicholls retained his title in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2017 Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Crossplex.

Nicholls, the fastest qualifier after Wednesday’s preliminaries, was clocked in 7.93, nipping Kerry Gleason of Stephen F. Austin (7.98) at the tape while Fabian McCall of Sam Houston State (8.13) finished third.

Last year Nicholls won the event with a time of 7.97.

“I think it was his best race of the season. He really went out there to compete, had a lot of fun and did exactly what he was supposed to do,” said head track and field coach Benjamin Dalton.

Lilli Richter was the only other Privateer to score on the second day of the meet. The freshman from Wehr, Germany finished sixth in the 400 meter run crossing the finish line in 56.94—a personal best– good enough to score 3 points.

“Like Michael she absolutely competed. When you’re a freshman and you get a sixth place at the conference meet it’s a really good show,” said Dalton.

The top Privateer scorer, with 16 points during two days was senior Farydah Inoussa, winner of the penthalon with a score of 3,780 points (10points) and a third place finisher in the long jump with an effort of 19-5 (6 points).

“Farydah stayed the course and did a really good job and did what she needed to do.”

Blake Robertson, a senior from Amarillo, Texas turned in a personal record during the preliminaries of the 800 meters on Wednesday with a time of 1.56.90.

Injuries to throwers, Alireza Rafiei and Nicholas Mitchell, as well as sprinters Chelise Brown and Alexia Fortenberry, who had a three-race winning streak in the 60 meter hurdles, left the Privateers short-handed.

“With all the injuries we had we did what we could do and just a bit more.”

For the second straight year the Sam Houston State men and women swept the team titles. The women scored 127 points while the men totaled 142 and one-half points.

The University of New Orleans will host the 2017 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships May 12-14 at Tad Gormley Stadium.

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