Northwestern State’s Steels sets Texas A&M meet record before rain washes meet out

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – Rain has drowned out plenty of opportunities for Northwestern State track and field athletes to achieve NCAA-qualifying marks this season, but one meet record fell before rain washed away the meet.

Jasmyn Steels claimed the Texas A&M Alumni Muster meet record twice Saturday, the second time with her winning jump of 20-11.25. Steels started the event with a 20-10, which bested the previous meet record (20-9.25) from Natasha Dicks (unattached).

Lauren-Ashley Clarke claimed fourth with her first attempt of 19-10.75.

Four other events involving NSU participants finished before rain delayed the meet. The rest of the Texas A&M meet will not be completed.

NSU runners traveled to Texas State in a meet that never began Saturday, and competition in San Marcos will resume Sunday.

“Jasmyn and Lauren competed very well, and Jasmyn made her best jump in the pouring down rain, which shows her competitiveness,” said NSU coach Mike Heimerman. “We didn’t have a lot of people get work in, and that’s unfortunate.”

In the women’s pole vault, Annemarie Broussard tied her season-best at 12-11.75. Broussard cleared two heights on her third attempt, finishing third. Madison Brown was one of five vaulters to clear a height, vaulting over 11-11.75.

Two Demons advanced to the finals in their field events.

Kristin McDuffie earned all six attempts in the hammer, placing eighth with a 162-7.

Javelin thrower Cole Spooner also took eighth with a 187-11.

“The vault went decent with the swirling wind they had,” Heimerman said. “Annemarie is putting some things together, and Madison Brown had some good attempts.

“Kristin and Cole looked decent in their events before the rain came.”

Long jumper Jeremy Lawson didn’t advance to the finals (top nine) of an 18-jumper field, but his 22-1.75 was an NSU outdoor personal best, placing 12th. Markeit Steverson was the top NSU finisher at 22-5.75, placing 10th.

In the men’s high jump, Zeke Dupas cleared 6-4 for the second straight week, just missing his career best of 6-4.25. Dupas grabbed eighth in the 12-jumper field.

As Demons and Lady Demons attempt to snatch an NCAA East Preliminary qualifying time or mark, the NCAA reverted back to its usual format.

The NCAA expanded the East and West Preliminaries back to 48 individual participants after COVID-19 protocols loosened throughout the country. The NCAA did shrink the qualifying field to 32 participants before Friday’s announcement.

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