May 11, 2014
CONWAY, Ark. – Both Beatrice Douglas and Louise Webb grabbed spots on the medal stand on Saturday night as the Lamar men’s and women’s track and field teams completed the second day of action at the Southland Outdoor Championships at Bill Stephens Track on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.
Douglas bettered 19 feet for the second straight meet, putting up a mark of 19 feet, 0.75 inches, finishing six inches shy of McNeese State’s Jasmine Cornelius for the individual crown. The Silsbee native was one of four Cardinals to finish in the top nine in the event. Both Carissa Hill and Erin Brown leapt 18 feet, one inch, to finish seventh and eighth, and Nicole Alozie was just a half-inch behind in ninth.
Webb, who came into Saturday as the conference’s top-rated steeplechase athlete, went head-to-head with Central Arkansas Erika Setzler, who is the league’s defending champion. For much of the race, the two were running side-by-side before Setzler began to pull away over the last two laps. Webb was unable to close her down, ultimately finishing in 10:26.78.
Both Webb and Douglas will get another chance to get on the medal stand on Sunday as the latter will compete in the high jump and the former is slated for the 1,500 meter final.
Michael Lester scored for the men in the long jump, posting a mark of 23 feet, 3.25 inches.
Three other Cards also qualified for Saturday finals as Aaron Bennett was fifth in the 800 with a time of 1:54.12, and Sam Stabler was second in the 1,500 at 3:58.34. Both are currently the top-ranked Southland athletes in each event. Saschelle Slaugher stood out among the sprinters, qualifying fourth in the 400 with a time of 55.49 seconds.
Unfortunately for the Cards, some of the stories of the day became narrow misses, as four athletes were within two spots of making the finals of their respective events. Nia Davis
was .12 seconds off the pace in the 400, ending 10th
. Le’Trey Burton and TaMar Hicks were ninth in the 110 meter hurdles and 800 meter run, respectively, with times of 14.86 seconds and 1:55.33. Sean Chalmers
missed out on the 1,500 by 1.84 seconds, coming in 14th
Overall, the LU men are sixth with 15 points, and the women have 22 points, which ranks seventh.