Seniors pace Lions on opening day of Southland Championships

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Southeastern Louisiana senior Alex Young placed fourth in the men’s discus and senior Dantrayl Sanders set a personal best in the long jump on the opening day of the rain-plagued Southland Conference Championships Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Bands of showers delayed the meet throughout the day, forcing the rescheduling of two events set for Friday. The women’s pole vault was moved to 5 p.m. Saturday with the women’s javelin reset for Sunday at 2 p.m. The women’s discus was also postponed after the completion of the preliminary rounds with the finals picking up at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Combined events will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the remainder of the field events and the track schedule at 3 p.m. Sunday’s field events will now start at 9 a.m. and the track events at 1 p.m.

Sunday’s running event finals will be broadcast live on the Southland Digital Network, available via southland.org/live and the Southland Conference mobile app. Live stats, via the Southland Conference, will be accessible on the Southeastern track and field schedule page at www.LionSports.net.

Young finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 167 feet, 1 inch. Sophomore Marcell Kecskemety was eighth at 149-04.

Sanders jumped 22 feet, 11 inches in taking eighth in the long jump, beating his previous best by 4.5 inches.

Freshman Ashley Davis was competing in the discus when it was stopped, while junior Brett Olivier was set to run in the 10,000 meters late Friday.

Saturday’s field schedule includes the men’s and women’s triple jump, the men’s javelin and the men’s and women’s shot put, in addition to the women’s pole vault. Preliminaries will be held for the 1,500 meters, the 110-meter hurdles, 400, 100, 800, 400-meter hurdles and the 200 and the finals of the men’s and women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase.

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