Jumps and sprints on display at Pittsburg State Invitational

PITTSBURG, Kansas – Northwestern State got wins from long jumper LaRon James, Tremayne Flagler in the 60 meter hurdles and Lady Demon star sprinter Natashia Jackson, making her 2019 debut in the 400 meter dash, Saturday at the Pittsburg State Invitational indoor track and field meet.

Recording seven podium appearances and 16 top five finishes, NSU athletes lined up against 1,200 competitors from 40 schools over four collegiate divisions.

Highlighting the Demons in the field events was the win by James, a senior transfer who upped his season best by half a foot to 24-7 ¾, claiming gold for the first time this season while beating out 37 others.

Flagler continued his successful indoor season with a time of 7.97. The Atlanta native won the event for a second straight week after topping everyone at the OU Sooner challenge last Saturday.

The Lady Demons’ Jackson, early in her junior season, had an outstanding day, beating out 49 runners with a 55.11 clocking to claim victory in her first appearance in the 400 this season.

Jackson was part of the second-place 4×100 relay team alongside Diana Granados, Kimani Evans, and Kori Levingston in 3:47.98.

Evans posted a pair of third-place dash finishes in the 60 (7.60) and the 200 (24.80).

The young duo of Reagan Darbonne and Annemarie Broussard continued their impressive start to the indoor season in the pole vault. Darbonne’s second-place 12-11 ¾ mark gives her the school’s top-two vault performances ever after breaking her own record earlier this year. Broussard, in only three meets out of high school, catapulted herself to a height of 12-4, good for third in school history and fourth in the meet.

Outdoor All-America sprinter Micah Larkins snagged a couple of fourth places in the 60 (6.69) and 200 (21.45).

Cody Robinson represented the distance group well with a fourth-place 9:02.00 time in the section one finals for the men’s 3,000.

Fifth place finishes for NSU came from Lady Demons Ariel Watson (triple jump, 38-11 ¾) and Jayla Fields (200, 25.00).

Up next is the first of two trips to Baton Rouge. NSU competes at the LSU Bayou Bengal meet next Friday and the LSU Twilight meet on Feb. 15. In between is a trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas for the UA Tyson Invitational on Feb. 8th.

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