Southeastern squads set marks at McNeese Invite

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LAKE CHARLES, La. – Southeastern Louisiana eclipsed a trio of facility records and one school mark and came away with 10 first-place finishes at the McNeese State Indoor Invite #1 Friday evening at the McNeese State Indoor Recreation Complex.

“It was a really, really good meet,” Southeastern head coach Sean Brady said. “I think we accomplished everything we set out to today. From my perspective, we completely dominated the meet. I think about everything we entered, we made the finals and scored well. We were all over the board and it was just good stuff wherever we looked.”

Senior Deandre Henderson and freshman Martavius James both shattered the facility record of 22.70 seconds in the 200 meters set by McNeese’s Charles Jackson in 2009. Henderson beat his personal best in winning in 22.11. James, running the 200 for the first time collegiately, was second in 22.23.

Junior Clarisa Smith took second in the mile in 5 minutes, 35.44 seconds, eclipsing the old Recreation Complex mark of 5:40.0 set by Lamar’s Becky Brooks in 1986. McNeese’s Imogen Hull won in 5:30.89.

Smith later took second in the 3,000 in 11:31.22.

Senior Andre Colebrook knocked more than five seconds off the school record in the 600 in winning in 1:18.29. Alex Holden had the old mark of 1:23.86 at the 2014 McNeese Invite #1. Sophomore Tajh Lewis also came in under that time in finishing fifth in 1:23.54.

Sophomore Rodney Ruffin won an event for the second straight week, capturing the long jump with a personal-best mark of 23 feet, 11.5 inches on his third attempt. He had set the school record in winning the high jump at the season-opening LSU Purple Tiger.

Ruffin went on to set another personal best in finishing second in the triple jump at 48-5.5.

Junior Devin King won the pole vault for the second straight week after clearing 16-10.75. Junior Brandon Hollier and freshman Noel DelCerro tied for third at 13-7.25.

Barze (7.88 seconds) and freshman Justin Taylor (8.34) captured the top two spots in the 55-meter hurdles. Barze was also fifth in both the long jump (21-10.75) and triple jump (45-5.25).

Another senior, Dwayne Woodard, won the 400 in 50.98 seconds. Junior Albert Martinez was fourth in 51.22.

The 4×400 relay of Woodard, Colebrook, Martinez and James came in first by more than 2 seconds in 3:23.32.

Henderson led four Lions in the top 10 in the 55 meters, crossing the line second in 6.51. Senior Dantrayl Sanders was fifth in a personal-best 6.57. Martavius James placed sixth in 6.60 and Woodard set a PR in taking ninth in a 6.70.

Sophomore Michael Seither had a pair of top-three finishes, coming in second in the shot put (46-2.75) and third in the weight throw (43-10.5).

Holden placed third in the men’s mile in 4:35.24 with Lewis sixth in 4:40.72.

Senior Harry Wiggins finished sixth in the 3,000 in 8:56.56. Freshman Grant O’Callaghan came in eighth (9:07.25) and sophomore Brett Olivier 10th (9:29.83).

On the women’s side, freshman Ashley Davis, in her Lady Lion debut, took home the shot put title with a mark of 45-11.25. She also was seventh in the weight throw at 45-7. Junior Natalia Redondo, also in her meet with Southeastern finished third at 50-9.50.

Sophomore Tayla Celestine tied McNeese’s Crystal Coulter for first in the high jump at 5-3.

Senior Addison Martinez (11-7.75) and sophomore Madison Mizell (10-11.75) went two-three in the pole vault.

On the track, the Lady Lions’ 4×400 relay of sophomores Dekayta Alex, Jaslyn Bowman and Ariane Williams and senior Lekesha Jelks took first in 4:01.05.

The Lady Lions placed sixth runners in the top 10 in the 55 meters, led by a second-place finish by senior Sharrona Williams (7.18). Junior Daijah Washington set a PR in coming in third in 7.25. Bowman was fourth (7.29), senior Kaelynn Smith fifth (7.33), Jelks sixth (7.37) and Alex 10th (7.44).

Freshman Ebony Hills paced four Lady Lions in the top 10 in the 55 hurdles with a second-place time of 8.52 seconds. Celestine was fourth (8.78), sophomore Breanne Bias fifth (8.79) and sophomore Raven Davis ninth (9.30).

Six Lady Lions were in the top 10 in the 200. Washington placed third (26.70), Hills fourth (27.00), Davis fifth (27.21), Celestine sixth (27.29), junior Kaziah Rolle ninth (28.15) and Bias 10th (28.24).

Southeastern is scheduled to take a break before returning to Lake Charles to compete in the McNeese Invite #2 on Jan. 27.
LAKE CHARLES, La. – Southeastern Louisiana eclipsed a trio of facility records and one school mark and came away with 10 first-place finishes at the McNeese State Indoor Invite #1 Friday evening at the McNeese State Indoor Recreation Complex.

“It was a really, really good meet,” Southeastern head coach Sean Brady said. “I think we accomplished everything we set out to today. From my perspective, we completely dominated the meet. I think about everything we entered, we made the finals and scored well. We were all over the board and it was just good stuff wherever we looked.”

Senior Deandre Henderson and freshman Martavius James both shattered the facility record of 22.70 seconds in the 200 meters set by McNeese’s Charles Jackson in 2009. Henderson beat his personal best in winning in 22.11. James, running the 200 for the first time collegiately, was second in 22.23.

Junior Clarisa Smith took second in the mile in 5 minutes, 35.44 seconds, eclipsing the old Recreation Complex mark of 5:40.0 set by Lamar’s Becky Brooks in 1986. McNeese’s Imogen Hull won in 5:30.89.

Smith later took second in the 3,000 in 11:31.22.

Senior Andre Colebrook knocked more than five seconds off the school record in the 600 in winning in 1:18.29. Alex Holden had the old mark of 1:23.86 at the 2014 McNeese Invite #1. Sophomore Tajh Lewis also came in under that time in finishing fifth in 1:23.54.

Sophomore Rodney Ruffin won an event for the second straight week, capturing the long jump with a personal-best mark of 23 feet, 11.5 inches on his third attempt. He had set the school record in winning the high jump at the season-opening LSU Purple Tiger.

Ruffin went on to set another personal best in finishing second in the triple jump at 48-5.5.

Junior Devin King won the pole vault for the second straight week after clearing 16-10.75. Junior Brandon Hollier and freshman Noel DelCerro tied for third at 13-7.25.

Barze (7.88 seconds) and freshman Justin Taylor (8.34) captured the top two spots in the 55-meter hurdles. Barze was also fifth in both the long jump (21-10.75) and triple jump (45-5.25).

Another senior, Dwayne Woodard, won the 400 in 50.98 seconds. Junior Albert Martinez was fourth in 51.22.

The 4×400 relay of Woodard, Colebrook, Martinez and James came in first by more than 2 seconds in 3:23.32.

Henderson led four Lions in the top 10 in the 55 meters, crossing the line second in 6.51. Senior Dantrayl Sanders was fifth in a personal-best 6.57. Martavius James placed sixth in 6.60 and Woodard set a PR in taking ninth in a 6.70.

Sophomore Michael Seither had a pair of top-three finishes, coming in second in the shot put (46-2.75) and third in the weight throw (43-10.5).

Holden placed third in the men’s mile in 4:35.24 with Lewis sixth in 4:40.72.

Senior Harry Wiggins finished sixth in the 3,000 in 8:56.56. Freshman Grant O’Callaghan came in eighth (9:07.25) and sophomore Brett Olivier 10th (9:29.83).

On the women’s side, freshman Ashley Davis, in her Lady Lion debut, took home the shot put title with a mark of 45-11.25. She also was seventh in the weight throw at 45-7. Junior Natalia Redondo, also in her meet with Southeastern finished third at 50-9.50.

Sophomore Tayla Celestine tied McNeese’s Crystal Coulter for first in the high jump at 5-3.

Senior Addison Martinez (11-7.75) and sophomore Madison Mizell (10-11.75) went two-three in the pole vault.

On the track, the Lady Lions’ 4×400 relay of sophomores Dekayta Alex, Jaslyn Bowman and Ariane Williams and senior Lekesha Jelks took first in 4:01.05.

The Lady Lions placed sixth runners in the top 10 in the 55 meters, led by a second-place finish by senior Sharrona Williams (7.18). Junior Daijah Washington set a PR in coming in third in 7.25. Bowman was fourth (7.29), senior Kaelynn Smith fifth (7.33), Jelks sixth (7.37) and Alex 10th (7.44).

Freshman Ebony Hills paced four Lady Lions in the top 10 in the 55 hurdles with a second-place time of 8.52 seconds. Celestine was fourth (8.78), sophomore Breanne Bias fifth (8.79) and sophomore Raven Davis ninth (9.30).

Six Lady Lions were in the top 10 in the 200. Washington placed third (26.70), Hills fourth (27.00), Davis fifth (27.21), Celestine sixth (27.29), junior Kaziah Rolle ninth (28.15) and Bias 10th (28.24).

Southeastern is scheduled to take a break before returning to Lake Charles to compete in the McNeese Invite #2 on Jan. 27.

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