Track & Field: NSU posts top marks in preparation for Conference meet

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HOUSTON – In what served as a tune-up for the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships on May 12-14, the Northwestern State track and field teams posted some impressive marks at the Tom Tellez Invitational Friday.

NSU posted three firsts, and 10 medal-worthy marks, throughout the day at the Carl Lewis Complex.

Two wins came from the Lady Demons, as Kelsey Frank and Daeshon Gordon led in their specialty events.

Frank, a junior, notched her fourth victory of the spring with her toss of 145-08 in the javelin, while Gordon won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.43.

The men’s All-American 4×100 team consisting of Amir James, Micah Larkins, George Flaviano and Terrance Johnson claimed the other gold with a time of 40.23.

Rounding out the podium places for the track events was Braneshia Payton Howard with her third place time of 13.83 in the 100-meter hurdles.

Two silver medal finishes came from the jump teams, with Demon Tre’ Evans’ mark of 6-06.75 in the high jump, and Lady Demon Quanese Jones-Young posting a 5-05.00 in the long jump.

The field events posted four more third place results, as Ceaser Stephens, Kyrin Tucker, Destiney Myers and De’John Garrison all found the podium with their performances.

Stephens, the Southland Conference leader in the triple jump, posted a mark of 49-08.50 in his specialty event for the bronze.

While Tucker, the Conference leader in the shot put, claimed third with his heave of 56-02.50.

Joining Tucker in the shot was Myers, as the Lady Demon posted a toss of 44-08 for the podium’s third spot.

Garrison, a junior from Shreveport, found the podium for the first time this season after hurling the javelin a distance of 169-09.

NSU track and field’s next competition will be in New Orleans for the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships on May 12-14.

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