SUNO wins two championships, earns highest finish at NAIA Indoor nationals since 1997

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (GCAConf.com) – Senior Orenthia Bennett won the women’s 400m and was a member of the winning women’s 4x400m relay team as she led Southern University at New Orleans to a sixth place finish at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Dave Walker Track on the campus of East Tennessee State University on Saturday.

It was SUNO’s best finish at the meet since they claimed the NAIA title in 1997.

Bennett won the 400 meters with a time of 55.39. Teammates Shadae Hylton and Shantae Green finished third and eighth respectively, earning All-America Honors.

Bennett picked up her second national championship of the day running the anchor leg of the 4×400 meter relay. SUNO’s team of Hylton, Green, Leonie Robinson, and Bennett finished with a time of 3:43.79, nearly two seconds better than the runners-up.

“I’m so impressed with this team,” said Coach Yhann Plummer, a former national champion for SUNO himself. “They have worked so hard to put themselves to compete against the very best. They train every day without complaint, they fight through injuries, and nothing deters them. I’m just extremely proud of them and of my assistant coach Younne Reid for his work in particular with these ladies.”

SUNO’s men’s team finished 15th.

Several SUNO athletes on both teams earned All-America honors by reaching the finals of their respective events. A full listing is below:

Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-Americans

400 Meter Dash

Orenthia Bennett (National Champion)

Shadae Hylton

Shantae Green

60 Meter Dash

Oshin Brooks-Gillings

Leonie Robinson

200 Meter Dash

Leonie Robinson

Oshin Brooks-Gillings

4×400 Meter Relay

Shadae Hylton, Shantae Green, Leonie Robinson, Orenthia Bennett (National Champions)

Men’s Indoor Track & Field All-Americans

400 Meter Dash

Jahnoy Thompson

800 Meter Run

Alex Saunders

200 Meter Dash

Jahnoy Thompson

4×400 Meter Relay

Danielle Richards, Alex Saunders, Sanj Powell, Jahnoy Thompson

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