BATON ROUGE – Joshua Wilkins’ win in the 1500 meter run topped six podium performances among 21 finishes in scoring position Saturday as Northwestern State tuned up for next Saturday’s Leon Johnson NSU Invitational by facing a strong field at the LSU Alumni Gold track and field meet.
Wilkins ran 3:52.39 to snag first place. Also posting medal-worthy marks from NSU were three runner-ups: Kyrin Turcker in the men’s shot put (57-10 ½), Quanese Jones-Young in the women’s high jump (5-7 ¾) and Jasmyn Steels in the women’s triple jump (39-3 ¼).
Taking third were Lady Demons Kelsey Frank in the javelin (147-2) and Jacqueline Rushford in the 3000 meter steeplechase (11:52.45).
Those were among 21 marks by NSU competitors that finished in one of the eight scoring positions at LSU’s biggest annual meet, which included 22 teams including Texas, Clemson and Mississippi State along with some of the top junior college squads in the country, and unattached and professional competitors.
NSU All-Americans Amir James (fourth, 10.31) and Micah Larkins (seventh, 10.36) sandwiched two high-caliber pros in the 100 meter dash. Three-time NSU All-American Justin Walker was fifth in 10.32, running for Star Athletics, and his teammate Jeff Demps, a 2012 USA Olympic silver medalist, edged Larkins for sixth in 10.36.
NSU was the only program to have two of the top eight in that race, won by Senoj-Jay Givans of Texas in 10.23.
Two more fourth places came from Fabriana Nation in the women’s long jump (18-7 ¼) and Tre’ Evans in the men’s high jump (6-9, a season best).
The lone fifth by an NSU competitor was Natasha Jackson’s 55.97 in the women’s 400 meter dash.