Northwestern State had a monopoly on the medal stand in the men’s long jump Monday at the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, and as a result the Demons stood in fourth place entering Tuesday’s final day of competition.
Senior twins Emmanuel and Aaron Williams finished 1-2 while freshman Jacorious Jeter snagged third place to give NSU 24 points in that event. Emmanuel posted a 25-0 1/2 best, Aaron went 24-4 1/2 and Jeter posted a PR of 24-4 ¼.
The Demons picked up six points in the shot put when sophomore Cedric Paul took third with a season-best 55-5 ¾ mark. NSU added 2 ½ points in the high jump where Lawrence Wallace was seventh with a 6-6 ¾ clearance and Quinton Helaire tied for eighth by jumping 6-4 ¾.
The bulk of scoring will take place Tuesday with running finals in all but a couple distance events, and more field events, including the triple jump, where the Demons anticipate piling up more points in their bid for a top three team finish.
Sam Houston State and defending champion Stephen F. Austin are tied for the lead with 38 points, followed by Southeastern Louisiana (37.5) and NSU (32.5) among the 12 men’s teams in the meet at the Birmingham Crossplex.
The Lady Demons scored eight points Monday with Rechelle Bessard (60-4, third) and Gerianna Lyons (53-4 1/2, seventh) placing in the weight throw. NSU stood seventh in the 13-team women’s standings.
NSU hurdler Braneshia Payton was the third-fastest qualifier Monday, clocking a season best 8.67 over 60 meters.
For the Demons, sophomore Amir James and freshman Micah Larkins sped into the finals of both the 60 and 200 meter dashes. James is top seeded in both events and ran the second-quickest qualifying times Monday, 6.73 in the 60 and 21.49 in the 200. Larkins was seventh in the 60 meter qualifying in 6.86 and sixth, running a 21.62, in the 200.
Freshman Deylon Key had a strong first day in the heptathlon, scoring 2,867 points to hold third place. Three events remain Tuesday, including the pole vault, his biggest challenge.
Field event competition starts at 11 Tuesday with the women’s triple jump, where NSU senior Por’sha Thomas can win her fifth straight Southland title in the event. Running starts at noon and wraps up at 4 with the men’s 4×400 relay.