TRACK & FIELD: Rowland, Paul impress at Louisiana Classics

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LAFAYETTE, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana track and field teams competed in only an handful of events but came away with six top 10 finishes on the first day of the Louisiana Classics Friday at the Louisiana-Lafayette Track/Soccer Complex.

Seniors Collin Rowland and Gennard Paul had top five finishes in the men’s javelin while junior Addie Shafer placed sixth on the women’s side in the event. Sophomore Aareion Jackson and junior Daijah Washington in the 200 meters and senior Addison Martinez in the pole vault added top 10 finishes.

“It was a good first day,” Southeastern head coach Sean Brady said. “We only competed in a few events tonight. Collin Rowland and Gennard Paul continue to impress. They are going to be big in a few weeks. Both competed well and only threw from a short approach. I can’t wait to see what happens when they back up and (assistant) coach (Amin) Nikfar lets the reins go. The weather is going to be good tomorrow and I’m excited to see some good marks.”

The meet continues Saturday with field events set for 10 a.m. and the running events at 2 p.m. Live results, provided by Louisiana-Lafayette, are accessible on the Southeastern track and field schedule page at www.LionSports.net.

Rowland tossed 212 feet, 11 inches for third in the javelin. Paul, in his second meet throwing the javelin, set a personal best with a mark of 200-07.

Shafer came in sixth with a throw of 130-10.

Jackson took sixth in the 200 in 25.02 seconds with Washington eighth in 25.26.

Martinez was also eighth in the pole vault at 11-5.75.

Southeastern follows the meet with a trip to Coral Gables, Florida next Saturday for the Miami Hurricanes Twilight.

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