The Northwestern State track and field team had three first-place finishes and 10 total podium finishes at the McNeese Last Chance meet to finish the regular season. The meet served as an opportunity for athletes to qualify for the NCAA East Regionals or improve their regional rankings.
Jasmyn Steels won the women’s long jump and set a personal record of 20-7 ¾. Steels’ ranking jumped from 46th to 15th in the East Region, putting her in a good spot to qualify for regionals.
JaCorious Jeter also won the long jump and set a personal record of 24-9 ¼. Jeter moved up from 56th to 33rd in the East Region and is in good standing to qualify for the regionals.
Collin Milton took first place in the javelin (194-4) but was unable to improve his standing in the East Region. Milton is ranked 45th (209-6) currently in the region. The top 48 participants in each event reach the regional meet after all regular season results are compiled.
Cedric Paul added another top-two finish to his resume and placed second in the shot put (58-1 3/4) along with teammate Kyrin Tucker (58-1 ¾). Tucker was 46th in the East coming into today’s meet but moved up 12 spots to 34th and is likely to join Paul (25th in the East) in the regionals in Tampa.
Tucker also had a second-place performance in the men’s discus (173-9). Even though he was unable to match his PR of 176-3, he is in contention for regionals after sitting at 32nd in the East coming into McNeese.
In third place, Deylon Key had a significant PR but fell short of contention for the regionals (50th in the East). Marquise Foster, the school-record holder in the hammer, was unable to build on his program-record mark of 188-0, and finished the day with a mark of 170-4. Kie’Ave Harry ran 10.40 in the 100-meter dash, and Joshua Wilkins completed his final race in the 1500 (4:08.15).
The fourth-place finishers were Tremayne Flagler, Cori Runnels, Tamara Style and Isabella Hudson. Flagler ran 14.67 in the 110 hurdles; Runnels threw 145-8 in the women’s discus; Style ran 1:05.9 in the 400 hurdles, and Hudson ran 5:08.75 in the 1500.
David Moritz and Tre’Darius Carr came in fifth. Moritz jumped a PR of 23-4 in the long jump and Carr ran 10.58 in the 100.
Today’s meet marks the end for Foster, Wilkins and Moritz’s careers in NSU uniform as they were unable to finish in the top-48 in the East Region.
NSU travels to Tampa, Florida, for the NCAA Regionals from May 24-26. Nationals will be held in Eugene, Oregon from May 30-June 2.
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