Schedule changes in store for second day of competition
New Orleans- Three weather-related delays made for a long first-day at the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship, Friday, at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. However, rain and lightning could not put a damper on a successful and exciting day of competition which saw finals in five events and several Privateers turning in solid performances.
Senior distance runner Clayton O’Callaghan finished ninth in the 10-thousand meter run in 32:28.36. He’ll comeback for the 5-thousand meter run Sunday but first he’ll pick up his degree at UNO Commencement Saturday morning at Lakefront Arena. Sophomore Mark Golay (34:13.37) finished 14th.
In the men’s long jump, Michael Strong went 22’-7.25” good enough for 11th while teammate Alex Hawkins was 18th at 21’-9”
Freshman Nicholas Mitchell went 134’-1” in the men’s discus throw finishing 13th.
In the women’s discus Emma Hickman (124’-1”) and Hailey Sanchez (12’-6”) were 11th and 12th respectively.
Nicole Broussard placed 23rd in the women’s long jump at 15’-6”.
Day 1 highlights saw Nathan Jones of Mc Neese State literally run away from the field in the men’s 10-thousand meter run in a time of 31:02.09. After five events in the decathlon, Stephen F. Austin’s Hunter Key holds a slim 26-point advantage over Kagan Angers of Sam Houston State going into day two Saturday which starts at 9 a. m.
In the heptathlon, Sam Houston State’s Baylee Lara leads after one day and four events with 3,064 followed by Samantha Gibson of Central Arkansas with 2,980. The final three events open at 10 a. m.
Day two will mark the first day of competition for UNO’s Michael Nicholls, the defending champion in the 110-meter hurdles. Trials in that event start at approximately 3:50 p. m.
Friday’s weather forced changes in start times for some field events on Saturday:
Women’s Discus 8 a. m.
Women’s Javelin 1:45 p. m.
Men’s Javelin 4:30 p. m.
Women’s Triple Jump 5 p. m.
Women’s Pole Vault 5 p. m.
Men’s Shot 6:30 p. m.
Women’s Shot 6:30 p. m.
Running events Saturday start at 3 p. m. There are no changes to Sunday’s schedule.
The University of New Orleans serves as host school for the 2017 Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship.