Jumpers shine as sprinters rest at LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational

The Northwestern State track and field teams decided to rest most of their top performers in the fourth meet of the indoor season Friday at the LSU Bayou Bengal Invitational but found a pair of event winners regardless.

Ceaser Stephens recorded his second victory in the triple jump of the 2019 indoor season, setting a season best mark of 50-9 ½. The senior also won the event with a jump of 50-4 ¾ at the OU Sooner Challenge earlier this season. Quindarrius Thompson took runner-up with a jump of 49-7 ¾.

Junior Jasmyn Steels led all Lady Demons, taking gold in the long jump with a new personal record 20-7 ¼. Joining her in the event was fellow junior Brooke Petkovich with a fourth-place finishing jump of 17-11.

Head track and field coach Mike Heimerman said the meet went exactly as he had hoped.

“We rested a lot of the sprinters because they had ran three weeks in a row,” said Heimerman. “I was very pleased with today’s performances considering the limited practices this week. Jasmyn Steels was great and may have moved into the top-10 nationally in the long jump.”

“Everyone got better and we learned a little more as we come closer to the conference meet.”

Laruen Clarke excelled in two events on the day, placing second in the triple jump with a career-best 40-2 and a fourth-place 5-3 ¾ mark in the high jump.

Makayla Jackson turned in her best 200 time indoor or outdoor in her career clocking in at 25.15. The junior finished second in the race, only 0.14 away from Tulane’s Hunter Robinson.

Freshman Marco Arevalo set a new personal record in the shot put with a toss of 51-4 ½ and a third-place finish.

Ariel Watson competed in the triple jump for the second time in her NSU career, finishing fourth with a jump of 38-8 ¾.

Cori Runnels led the Lady Demons throwers with a shot put throw of 44-8 ¾, good for fourth on the day.

The duo of Marjorie Thompson (7.75) and Ona Giles (7.79) had a solid meet, finishing fourth and fifth in the women’s 60 finals.

Sophomore Isabella Hudson claimed fifth in the women’s mile run with a time of 5:29.70, her second personal best.

NSU continues the indoor season in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the UA Tyson Invitational on Feb 8 before returning to Baton Rouge on Feb. 15 for the LSU Twilight Meet.