Graham, Shaw, Taylor Post Victories To Lead Lamar At Meredith York Relays

GO CARDINALS Freshman Alexandra Mayfield placed second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:04.46) in her collegiate outdoor debut.
Freshman Alexandra Mayfield placed second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:04.46) in her collegiate outdoor debut.

March 14, 2005

Meredith York Relays - Full Results
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HUNTSVILLE - A trio of Lamar athletes posted individual victories over the weekend, leading the Cardinal track and field teams to a solid overall showing at the outdoor season-opening Meredith York Relays, hosted by Sam Houston State.

Despite running several athletes in their non-typical events, the LU men's and women's track teams ran well in the first of 10 outdoor meets. Both teams return to action on Saturday, Mar. 19 with the Texas Southern Relays in Houston.

Sophomore Danny Shaw led the men by winning the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:04.01, while freshman Renee Graham and senior Candace Taylor recorded wins for the Lady Cardinals. Graham, a native of Hawera, New Zealand, raced to Lamar's third-fastest outdoor 3,000-meter time by clocking a mark of 10:02.82. LU placed seven runners in the top eight for the 3K event, including junior Jacqueline John, who placed second with Lamar's sixth-fastest 3,000 time of 10:08.59.

Taylor, a League City product, edged Sam Houston's Amy Snodgrass for the women's 1,500-meter title in a time of 4:57.25. Teammate Amber Prather finished just seconds behind at 5:00.44 to earn third place.

After a year away, senior Trenton Price returned to the outdoor track and led LU in the 100 and 200 meters. He clocked a 10.89 in the 100 and placed fifth in the 200 with at time of 21.76. Fresh off a conference title in the indoor 800 meters, junior Jake Champagne finished close behind Shaw in the 1,500, posting a third-place finish in a time of 4:09.53.

Travis Tolbert led the Cardinals in the men's 3,000 with a fourth place finish (9:01.90), while freshman Quincy Parker led the way for Lamar in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.19, good for fourth place.

The men's relay teams notched respectable times in their first race of the season, as the 4X100-meter team clocked a 42.49 and the mile relay unit placed second in a time of 3:13.80. The 4X400 team of Damien Broomes, Johan Hed, Price and Champagne just narrowly missed improving upon last season's fastest time of 3:13.49.

Junior Rosalyn Capps ran the women's fastest 100 meters with a time of 12.26, while sophomore Toni Sylvester placed fifth in the 200 with a time of 25.74. Hurdler Jessika Johnson led the Lady Cards in the 100-meter hurdles with a fourth-place finish (14.44) and Alexandra Mayfield was the top LU runner in the 400-meter hurdles, nabbing second in a time of 1:04.46. Both hurdles times bested last season's top times in each respective event.

The Lady Cardinal relay teams also ran extremely well, taking the top spot in both the 4X100 and the 4X400-meter events. The 400-meter squad ran a 47.70 to nip Northwestern State's team by 12 hundredths of a second. Lamar swept the top three spots in the mile relay, turning in a time of 3:55.20 for the winning position.

LU's pole vaulting pair of Ashlee Baker and Candace Sewell took advantage of their first outdoor meet, clearing heights of 9-6 ¼ and 9-0 ¼ respectively. Junior Carista Ward led the Lady Cardinals in the discus (128-11) and the shot put (37-10 ½), while junior Britney Fesco turned in the top javelin throw with a heave of 124-7.



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