NEW ORLEANS, La. – Sophomore Lil-Ann Hochkeppler set a school record in the 600 meters to highlight a strong outdoor season opener for the Southeastern Louisiana track and field teams at the Tulane Early Bird Twilight Friday at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Hochkeppler finished second in the 600 in 1 minute, 35.73 seconds, one of a host of personal records set by the Southeastern squads.
The Southeastern men won the team competition with 147 points. Host Tulane (62) was second and New Orleans (29) third. The Lady Lions came in second behind Tulane, 93-86, with New Orleans third with 43 points.
“It was a really good opener for us,” Southeastern head coach Sean Brady said. “It was exactly what we hoped it would be. It was nice to have the whole gang back together. It was the first time this year we had our whole team together for competition and it was a really good day for us.”
Senior Collin Rowland, competing for the first time in over a year, eclipsed his previous best throw by more than 10 feet in winning the javelin at 222 feet, 10 inches. Senior Gennard Paul, a former jumper now competing in the throws, was second at 197-8. Freshman Alex Bertrand (174-8) took third.
Senior Andre Colebrook set a personal best in winning the 400-meter hurdles in 51.76 seconds. Senior Dwayne Woodward came in second in 54.33 and was followed by freshman Gerald Coleman (57.08) and junior Albert Martinez (58.12), both running their first outdoor races for the Lions. Freshman Justin Taylor was seventh (59.70) and freshman Greyson Moehrs (1:01.18) ninth.
Senior Steven Barze tied his career-best time of 14.85 seconds in winning the 110-meter hurdles. Taylor finished second (15.21) and Moehrs (15.71) fourth. Barze also win the high jump at 6 feet, 4.75 inches while taking second in the long jump (22-2.75) Senior Julian Maze (20-7) was fifth in the long jump.
Senior Ashley Riley led four Lions in the top six in the 300 meters in winning in 33.85 seconds. Senior Maverick Bowleg (34.17) took second, senior Deandre Henderson (34.53) third and sophomore Devin Dixon sixth (36.32).
The Lions swept the relays as Riley, Henderson, Bowleg and senior Dantrayl Sanders won the 4×100 in 41.53.Bowleg, Henderson and senior Alex Holden and Dontrell Lyons ran a winning time of 3:12.01 in the 4×400 relay. The squad of Dixon, senior Harry Wiggins, Coleman and Taylor was fourth in 3:28.56.
Junior Marcelle Kecskeméty, in his first outdoor meet with the Lions, won the shot put at 54-9.25 while taking second in the discus at 154-2. Sophomore Michael Seither (45-4.25) finished second in the shot put with freshman Kevin Reichart (42-7.5) fourth and freshman Eugene Giles (38-0.25) sixth. Giles (141-0) was also third in the discus with Reichart (123-4) fifth.
Seither earlier was the top collegiate finisher in the hammer throw, coming in second overall with a career-best throw of 169-3.
Wiggins captured the 1,500 in 3:58.38 with freshman Grant O’Callaghan taking third in 4:07.19. O’Callaghan also placed third in the 3,000 in 9:02.12 with Wiggins (9:04.05) fourth and sophomore Brett Olivier (9:19.20) eighth.
Junior Brandon Hollier cleared 13-0.25 for second in the pole vault.
Holden ran a career-best 1:19.12 to come in second in the 600. Sophomore Tajh Lewis (1:21.50) was fifth.
Sanders finished fourth in the 100 in 10.84.
On the women’s side, freshman Myrielle Powell captured the high jump after clearing 5-5.
The Lady Lions swept the top five spots in the 100-meter dash. Senior Kaelynn Smith lowered her personal best in winning in 11.70. Also setting or matching career bests were junior Daijah Washington (second, 11.84), sophomore Jaslyn Bowman (third, 12.10), freshman Aareion Jackson (fourth, 12.15) and junior Kaziah Rolle (fifth, 12.36).
Four Lady Lion freshmen took the top spots in the 110 hurdles. Ebony Hills won in 14.52 and was followed by Ayaunee Williams (14.84), sophomore Breanne Bias (14.90) and Kaitlyn Cooke (16.36).
Also making her Southeastern outdoor debut was junior Treshanna Taylor who finished second in the 300 in 40.36.
Bias went on to take second in the 400 hurdles in 1:07.92. Cooke was third in 1:09.69 and was followed by Williams (1:09.76), Hills (1:09.80) and sophomore Raven Davis (1:11.08).
Junior Natalia Redondo, throwing the hammer for the first time as a Lady Lion, came in second with a mark of 173-03. Freshman Ashley Davis placed seventh at 117-0, then went on to place second in both the discus (124-11) and shot put (48-8.25).
Senior Lekesha Jelks finished third in the 600 in 1:36.50.
Junior Addie Shafer took third in the javelin with a throw of 140-1.
Senior Addison Martinez came in fifth in the pole vault after clearing 11-6.5.
The Lady Lions had the lone two squads in the 4×400 relay. The team of Jelks, Taylor, Hochkeppler and Bowman finished in 4:02.95. Bias, Davis, Hills and Williams came in at 4:14.57.
The Southeastern squads head to Lake Charles next Saturday for the McNeese Bob Hayes Invitational. Junior pole vaulter Devin King will compete at the NCAA Division I Indoor National Championships in College Station, Texas on Friday.
Southeastern All-American senior thrower Alex Young will compete unattached in the weight throw at the 2017 USATF Indoor Championships Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.