April 12, 2014
LAKE CHARLES - Cardinals grabbed top collegiate finishes in four events on Saturday as the Lamar men's and women's track teams wrapped up competition at the McNeese Spring Time Invitational at Cameron Communications Track and Field Complex.
Johnathon Reece was the star of the field performers on the day as he put up his best mark of the outdoor season, clearing six feet, eight inches, to take home the high jump title.
"It was a good jumps day for Johnathon," head coach Trey Clark said. "He's done a lot of work on his approaches, and he even continued to make good adjustments during the meet. He made three really good attempts at 6-11, but just missed clearing the bar. He just has a couple things to clean up, but it was still a really good day for him."
Sean Guiney, a freshman, was the other event-winner for the Cards as he took home the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase crown. The Sandringham, Australia, native was making his outdoor debut, and he completed the race in 9:44.80.
"Today was a good opener for Sean," Clark said. "He can run faster, but it's hard to do that when you don't have anyone to race off of. He maneuvered well and jumped well, and there's still a lot of room for improvement."
The other individual top collegiate finisher on the day was Claire Arnold, who finished second overall in the 1,500 meter run, ending in 4:47.93. The race was actually a strong one overall for the Lady Cards as Belinda Aguilar was fourth among collegians at 4:50.81. Kaitlynn Warren and Angela LaBorde ended seventh and eighth, respectively, with times of 5:00.92 and 5:02.28.
"Claire led early in the race, and she never really dropped out of it, even when she fell back for a bit," Clark said. "She did a really good job competing coming home. Belinda pressed a little bit too early, but she did a good job hanging on late in the race."
The 4x400 meter relay team of Sarah Shim, Nia Davis
, Elzbieta Gawron and Saschelle Slaughter ended first among collegians with a time of 3:49.31. Davis and Gawron also ran in the 400, posting times of 57.22 and 58.43 seconds, respectively, to place third and sixth.
"We had to use an alternate in the 4x400, so it was good to see them perform like that," Clark said. "Nia had a really good day for us, and I'm very proud of the work she's put in. Liz is coming back from an injury, so it was a pretty solid performance from her as well."
Megan Flanagan was a second-place finisher in the steeplechase, ending in 11:45.30, and there were three more runners-up in field events. Both Leslie Beard and Hannah Callaway topped 10 feet, 11.75 inches, to tie for second in the pole vault, and Beatrice Douglas cleared five feet, 1.75 inches, in the high jump.
Douglas also competed in the long jump, finishing fifth among collegians with a mark of 18 feet, nine inches, and Hill bettered it by three-quarters of an inch to place fourth.
Jared Benford, who was recovering from injury, jumped 22 feet, nine inches, in the men's event, placing fifth.
Both Sean Chalmers and TaMar Hicks ran in the 800. Chalmers, a freshman out of Dingwall, Scotland, finished in 1:56.25 to come in third, and Hicks was sixth at 1:56.79.
Taylor was eighth among collegians in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.48 seconds.
The Cards will return to action next week as a handful of distance runners will set out for the Mt. SAC Relays in California, and the rest of the squad will compete at the SLU Invitational in Hammond, La.