April 28, 2005
BEAUMONT - The Lamar men's and women's track and field teams combined for five individual and relay victories on Thursday, as LU hosted the 44th Annual Exxon/Mobil Ty Terrell Relays at Ty Terrell Track.
The Lady Cardinals led LU with four victories, as sophomore Amanda King won the 3,000-meter steeplechase and junior Jacqueline John took home the 1,500-meters title. The LU women also swept the top spots in the 4X100-meter relay and the mile relay.
King, a native of Tauranga, New Zealand, held off a late charge by Sam Houston's Sarah Hershman to take the steeplechase title with a time of 11:27.39. Since it was the first-ever women's steeplechase to take place at the Ty Terrell Relays, King's time now serves as a meet record. John edged the Bearkats' Erika Wright in the 1,500 with a time of 4:53.19. Wright was a close second in a time of 4:54.69.
Sophomore Toni Sylvester raced to the Southland Conference's second-best time in the 200 meters as she placed second overall with a wind-aided clocking of 24.18. The time represents a personal-best in the event and ranks fourth on the Lady Cardinals all-time outdoor bests list. Freshman Jessika Johnson posted a season-best time in the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.19 for third-place.
Sylvester and Johnson also teamed up to run the final two legs of the first-place 4X100 relay team. The four-woman unit turned in a season-best time of 47.02. Sylvester also led off the mile relay, followed by Chinelo Nwobu, Amber Prather and Candace Taylor. The foursome posted a 3:52.41 en route to the victory.
The LU men recorded their lone victory in the mile relay, as Quincy Parker, Johan Hed, Jake Champagne and Trenton Price joined forces to knock off Northwestern State with a time of 3:16.91. Hed also ran the anchor leg of the 4X100-meter relay unit which placed fourth in a time of 41.91.
Freshman Michael Gauthier
thrived in his first collegiate home meet, as he posted personal records in the 100- and 200-meters. The Bridge City native earned his second NCAA regional qualifying mark of the season, as he clocked a wind-legal 21.16 in the 200. His time is a season-best and ranks third among the league leaders. Gauthier also ran the SLC's third-best 100 time with a 10.48.
Senior Cody VanDeventer also notched a personal record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.63. The Anahuac native earned a fifth-place finish for his efforts.
Junior Carista Ward and sophomore Casey Cole had career-best days in the field events for LU. Ward recorded a personal-best in the discus with a toss of 144-04. The mark was a three inch improvement on her previous best which ranked third on LU's all-time outdoor bests list. Cole secured fourth-place in the high jump after leaping over a season-best height of 6-6 ¾.