Northwestern State’s 4×100 meter relay teams each notched runner-up finishes Saturday at the Texas Invitational track and field meet, a day after De’Shalyn Jones’ school record 200 meter dash performance.
NSU’s top sprinters collected four top-eight performances in the women’s and men’s 100, and the women’s and men’s 4×100 relays on Saturday.
Jones, who broke her own school record with a 23.04 in the 200 Friday evening, clocked a season-best 11.78 in the 100 Saturday, third among collegiate runners and fifth overall. She also ran the second leg on the 4×100 relay with Daeshon Gordon, Deja Moore and Natashia Jackson, with their 46.12 time trailing only host Texas’ 45.56.
The Demons, who ran a 39.45 two weeks ago at the Texas Relays, posted a 40.35 by Kie’Ave Harry, Tre’Darius Carr, Micah Larkins and Michael McGruder and were outpaced by Princeton’s 40.05 but outran Texas and Houston, among others.
McGruder ran the fifth fastest-time (10.71) among college competitions and was ninth overall in the 100 (10.71). Harry ran 10.78 and Carr ran 10.90 in the event.
Lady Demon senior Daeshon Gordon did not compete in her specialty, the 100 meter hurdles, but posted a 1:03.06 time in the women’s 400 hurdles. Moore clocked 12.30 in the women’s 100.
Most of the NSU squad competed Saturday in Monroe at the Warhawk Classic. The entire squad unites next Saturday at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, then competes at home April 28 in the Leon Johnson NSU Invitational.
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