May 11, 2013
LAKE CHARLES – Trevon Davis, Zach Hicks and Saschelle Slaughter set personal records on Saturday afternoon and the trio will look to parlay it into further success on Sunday as each advanced to the finals of their respective events at the Southland Outdoor Championships at Cameron Communications Track and Field Complex on the campus of McNeese State.
Slaughter, a junior out of Missouri City, placed fifth in the preliminary round of the 400 meter dash with a time of 55.50, shaving .64 off her previous best, which was set at the Bobcat Classic earlier this season. Davis ran in the race on the men’s side, 1.24 faster than his mark in March’s Victor Lopez Rice Bayou Classic.
“Trevon is just a competitor out there,” head coach Trey Clark said. “He put himself in a position to make some noise with about 120 meters to go, and this was a big PR for him. He’s had some good training sessions recently, and I wasn’t sure when it’d all come together for him. The signs were there, and I’m happy that it happened today.”
“I thought Saschelle looked good today too,” Clark continued. “The way she’s progressed in her time here has been something to watch. She’s really put herself in a position to run well tomorrow, and I’m very excited for her.”
Hicks’ time of 21.33 in the 200 was good enough for fourth in the prelims.
Ashley Idunoba also advanced to a sprint final, finishing fourth in the 200 at 24.06. The senior, who is seeking a third consecutive Southland crown, will do battle once again with McNeese’s Jasmine Webb, who qualified first at 23.36.
“Ashley’s had a difficult senior year with the injuries, and getting to this point is just a tribute to her determination and character,” Clark said. “Everyone in the conference knows not to underestimate her in the final, and I’m looking forward to watching her race one last time at the SLC meet.”
and Joe Wade
each made it to the final in the 1,500 meter run. Stabler placed fifth with a time 3:58.02 and Wade came in 10th
at 4:03.21. Wade currently boasts of the best mark in the Southland Conference in the event.
Wade was not as fortunate in the 3,000 meter steeplechase final, however. The Englishman entered the race as the favorite after spending much of the season atop the conference leaderboard, and he appeared to be well on his way to defending his title in the event from a year ago before getting sidelined after falling on one of the hurdles.
“Joe is one of the best distance runners in the conference, so this was a pretty big blow for us,” Clark said. “It’s a difficult thing to see and hard to accept, but that’s part of being in athletics. It’s tough for the individual and the team, and now we need to rally to make up those points. His participation in tomorrow’s 1,500 will likely be a race time decision.”
Sam Bradley also competed in the race, finishing sixth at 9:28.08.
Erin Brown was the only other athlete to make news in a final, finishing seventh in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 6.5 inches.
Overall, the Lamar men sit sixth with 14 points and the women are 10th with eight. Stephen F. Austin leads both meets with 73 and 51 points, respectively.