NSU sweeps the triple jump in a short day

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Triple jumps were on display Saturday morning for the Northwestern State track and field teams with wins by Jasmyn Steels and Jefferey Fraizer in a day cut extremely short due to weather at the SFA Carl Kight Invitational.

Steels, the NCAA Indoor long jump champion, is no stranger to winning long jump competitions, but the NSU junior impressively came out with a gold in the triple jump with a leap of 40-1 ¼. The Lady Demons claimed five of the top six finishes with Lauren Clarke second (39-1 ¾), Monique Walker fourth (37-11 ½, a personal record), Ariel Watson fifth (37-4) and Tyra Duma sixth (36-2 ¼).

Fraizer, a freshman, also racked up the first win of his career with a triple jump of 46-11, beating out 11 others.

Lady Demon Kristin McDuffie placed 13th in the hammer throw with a heave of 115-2.

As sprint events were warming up, lightning was detected in the area, delaying events upwards of three hours. Ultimately, the remaining 18 events were cancelled due to continuous weather and time constraints.

NSU returns home to host the Leon Johnson NSU Invitational next Saturday at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex.