Privateers are victorious at 3,000 meters and 110-high hurdles
Mobile, Ala. – University of New Orleans senior distance runner Clayton O’Callaghan took first place in the 3,000 meters Saturday at the 17th South Alabama Invitational Track and Field Meet in Mobile. The Privateers also got an individual win from Southland Conference high hurdles champion Michael Nicholls as well as a personal record in the 100-meter dash.
O’Callaghan, an honorable mention cross country all-state selection by the Louisiana Sportwriters Association, turned in a time of 9:05.78, 5 seconds faster than the second place finisher. The New Roads, Louisiana native was not alone in the race as UNO sophomore Mark Golay finished fifth in 9:32.16 and Federico Machado crossed the line eighth in 9:50:11.
Nicholls, a sophomore from Barbados, was tops in the 110-meter high hurdles with a winning time of 14.0 seconds. Nicholls also ran in the 100-meters and produced his best time ever in the event of 10.70.
In the men’s long jump, Alex Hawkins of New Orleans placed third with a personal best of 23’-4.75″.
“If I had to rate the day I’d call it a B or maybe a B+,” said head track and field coach Benjamin Dalton. “I’m really excited that we are coming together as a team and the LSU Meet next week will be really big. We’ve just got to keep building.”
New Orleans was one of 18 teams competing in the South Alabama Invitational.
The Privateers will hit the track again Saturday, Apr. 22, at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet in Baton Rouge.