April 17, 2014
BEAUMONT – The Lamar men’s and women’s track and field programs will hit the road on Friday for Hammond, La., to participate in the SLU Invitational, the penultimate meet prior to next month’s Southland Conference Championships.
A sizable jumps group is scheduled to compete, including nine LU athletes in the long jump. Michael Lester will aim to lead the men as he currently ranks ninth in the Southland Conference with a jump of 23 feet, 1.25 inches. He’ll be joined by Robert Badillo, Xavier Broussard and Johnathon Reece.
Two LU women rank in the top 10 in the conference, beginning with Carissa Hill, who is eighth at 18 feet, 9.75 inches. Beatrice Douglas is 10th with a mark of 18 feet, nine inches, and the duo will compete alongside Nicole Alozie, Erin Brown and Brianna Foley.
Both Douglas and Reece are scheduled to participate in the high jump as well. Reece, a sophomore out of New Waverly, is just a quarter-inch shy from the Southland’s best mark in the event with a jump of six feet, eight inches. Emma Lowry, a graduate student from Scotland, will also continue her rookie campaign in the event.
Saschelle Slaughter, typically a sprinter, will join in for the triple jump, where she currently sits seventh in the league with a mark of 37 feet, 9.25 inches. Brown and Foley will also jump in the event, and on the men’s side, Badillo is aiming to better his distance of 46 feet, 4.25 inches, which ranks 10th in the Southland.
The pole vault duo of Leslie Beard and Hannah Callaway as well as discus thrower Denisha Nichols rounds out LU’s scheduled field athletes.
On the track, distance runners Ryan Creech and Laurie Probert will make their outdoor debuts. Creech, a junior out of Cork, Ireland, is coming off a Southland indoor championship in the 5,000 meter run, and Probert put up the second-best indoor conference time in the event. Both are slated for the 1,500 meter run, and they’ll run alongside freshman Tye Norman, who sat out the indoor campaign.
The trio of Belinda Aguilar
, Megan Flanagan
and Kaitlynn Warren rounds out the scheduled distance performers.
In the sprints, three freshmen are scheduled to run for the men in the 100 meter dash. Lloyd Julian will make his LU debut, and he’ll join both Broussard and Thomas Lightfoot, who each red-shirted the 2013 outdoor season. Alozie and Sydney Wandix will run in the women’s race.
Julian will also run in the 200 with Brandon Franz and Chance Williams, while Sarah Shim and Dominique Taylor highlight a group of six scheduled for the women.
Nia Davis is the highest-ranking athlete of seven Lady Cards scheduled for the 400 after clocking in at 57.22 seconds at McNeese last week. The mark currently ranks 13th in the conference.
Kevyn Smith will run in the 400 for the men, and LU’s top 400 performer, Trevon Davis, will give it a go in the 800 with TaMar Hicks.
In the hurdles, both Taylor and Brielle Johnson will compete in the 100, and Le’Trey Burton is aiming to better his 110 mark of 15.02 seconds, which currently sits eighth in the league.