Record breaking day for Casper and Johnson at McNeese Indoor II

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LAKE CHARLES – Nicole Casper and Olandis Johnson were the big winners at Friday afternoon’s McNeese Indoor II College Track and Field Meet as the two broke school and facility records in their respective events – Casper in the women’s pole vault and Johnson in the men’s 800-meter run.

In addition to those two first place performances, McNeese racked up 11 other first place finishes in helping the Cowboys and Cowgirls defeat Southeastern Louisiana in the dual scoring meet — 84-52 on the men’s side and 82-43 in women’s scoring.

Casper, who passed on the first five bar heights, cleared the new school record of 13-5.25 on her very first attempt. She then raised it to 13-11.75 which would’ve put her in the top seven in the nation, but she failed on all three attempts.

She broke her own record of 13-2.5 set at the 2015 SLC Indoor Championships. Her new mark currently ranks her No. 1 in the Southland Conference and tied for 14th in the NCAA.

Johnson clocked a 1:51.85 to win the 800-meters by six seconds. That mark broke a 32-year old facility record set by Alfredo Lahuerta of Houston Baptist in 1985. It also broke the McNeese record of 1:52.99 set by Andy Blackmore in 1999.

Other standout performances saw freshman Cowgirl thrower Alanna Arvie win both the shot put and the weight throw event.

Christoper Graf shot to the top of the SLC rankings in the mile run with a first place finish of 4:09.35 while teammate Oliver James followed in second at 4:14.79, ranking him No. 2 in the league. Nathan Jones made it a clean sweep in the event with a third place mark of 4:15.37.

Alexander Gabriel cleared nearly 6-10 in the high jump, passing 6-9.75 to win the event and the Cowgirls’ Tijana Antic flew to a mark of 38-11 in the triple jump for her second win of the season.

McNeese has two more indoor meets before the conference championships. The squads will next be in action next Friday at the LSU Bayou Bengal Indoor.

McNeese Men Top 3 Places
Tyler Smith, 1st 55m, 6.48; 1st 200m, 22.19
Jalon Charles, 3rd 200m, 22.68; 1st 400m, 50.53
Ethan Rapp, 2nd 400m, 51.01
Jaylen Goodly, 3rd 400m, 52.38
Savon Price, 2nd 600m
Olandis Johnson, 1st 800m, 1:51.85 – school and facility record
Damian O’Boyle, 2nd 800m, 1:57.51
Finlay Murray, 3rd 800m, 1:57.61
Christopher Graf, 1st 1-mile, 4:09.35
Oliver James, 2nd 1-mile, 4:14.79
Nathan Jones, 3rd 1-mile, 4:15.37
Eric Greene, 2nd 3000m, 9:13.73
Gabriel Alexander, 1st High Jump, 6-9.75
Lentz Similien, 3rd High Jump, 6-6
JR Johnson, 1st Pole Vault, 14-11
Michael Hughes, 2nd Pole Vault, 13-11.25
Zach Dibbern, 3rd Pole Vault, 13-5.25
Namanja Kovlijac, 1st Triple Jump, 48-4.75
John Lemke, 2nd Triple Jump, 46-6.25
Hiram Morales, 1st Shot Put, 52-9.25; 3rd Weight Throw, 46-1.75
David Hamm, 3rd Shot Put, 36-8

McNeese Women Top 3 Places
Diamond Lee, 1st 200m, 25.75
Ayanna Weeks, 2nd 200m, 26.08
Nina Radisavljevic, 2nd 600m, 1:40.94
Kaitlyn Tunks, 3rd 600m, 1:42.25
Alison Smegal, 1st 800m, 2:28.27; 2nd 1-Mile, 5:18.63
Katja Woelfl, 1st 1-Mile, 5:15.80
Imogen Hull, 3rd 1-Mile, 5:22.03
Crystal Coulter, 2nd High Jump, 5-3.75
Nicole Casper, 1st Pole Vault, 13-5.25 – school and facility record
Katie Thornton, 3rd Pole Vault, 10-11.75
Ashley Johnson, 2nd Long Jump, 17-5.25
Grace McKenzie, 3rd Long Jump, 16-10.75; 3rd Shot Put, 35-8.25
Tijana Antic, 1st Triple Jump, 38-11
Heaven Terrell, 2nd Triple Jump, 36-0.75
Jordyn Barrett, 3rd Triple Jump, 34-8.25
Alanna Arvie, 1st Shot Put, 39-9.75; 1st Weight Throw, 54-10.25
Makayla Hardin, 2nd Shot Put, 38-3.25

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Matthew Bonnette

Matthew Bonnette

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