More personal records for Northwestern State set on final day of Tyson Invitational

FAYATTEVILLE, Ark.—Nine more personal records fell on an impressive second and final day of competition at the Tyson Invitational. 

In a meet with such difficult competition, head coach Mike Heimerman was impressed by so many personal records being set. 

Once again, it was Maygan Shaw who was right in the thick of it. 

Shaw, a sophomore from a Pineville, set a personal best in the 200-meters with a time of 24.35, placing 31st. She followed that up by running in the 4×400-meter relay and helping earn the quartet an 11th place finish with a time of 3:42.53. 

In addition to Shaw, Vanessa Balde, Sian Weller and Sanaria Butler ran in the event. 

Like Shaw, Balde also took part in the 200-meters, placing right behind Shaw with a time of 24.29. 

“Overall, it was a very good meet,” Heimerman said. “The women were outstanding on the track. The 200-meters today was amazing with all of the ladies running personal bests. They executed almost flawlessly. Then for Maygan and Vanessa to turn around and run the 4×400-meters like that was tremendous.” 

Lynell Washington (23.77) and Aarika Lister (24.38) also ran in the 200-meters and earned personal bests, placing 19th and 33rd, respectively. 

On the men’s side in the 200-meters, two more personal records were set, as well as a season best.  

Mikkel Johansson (21.87) and Austin Simoneaux (22.16) each ran personal bests, placing 35th and 44th, respectively. 

Galen Loyd’s time of 22.02 was a season best. 

Destine-Unique Scott and Dylan Swain ran the best times in the 200-meters, running a 21.50 and 21.52, respectively. 

Scott, Loyd, Swain and Johansson ran the men’s 4×400-meters with a time of 3:15.84. 

In the 800-meters, Korbin Shumate ran a personal best time of 1:55.10, placing 25th

In the field events, Hayden Berrios posted a personal record in the pole vault, clearing 16-2.75. 

Jaslyn Smith and Orsciana Beard each impressed in the triple jump, each posting a personal record. Smith recorded a 39-3.75 and Beard posted a 38-7.75, placing 12th and 21st, respectively. 

On the men’s side in the triple jump, Andrew Gilreath registered a season best with a jump of 49-7.25, finishing 12th in the event. 

“Our performances today would have been personal records last meet,” Heimerman said. “But we are expecting more and that’s not a bad thing.” 

The Gumbs twins each placed in the top seven of the shot put, as Djimon Gumbs finished fourth with a toss of 57-6.5 and Diamante Gumbs placed seventh with a throw of 54-4.75. 

“Jaslyn had a great day in the triple jump and Orceanna was not far behind,” Heimerman said. “The men had a good meet, just little things went wrong for some guys keeping them from have great performances.” 

In the men’s high jump, Randy Kelly cleared 6-7.5, which was tied for 16th

NSU next takes to the track for the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, a two-day event beginning Feb. 26 in Birmingham, Ala. 

“Overall, I’m very pleased and excited where this team is headed for indoor conference,” Heimerman said. “We still have some work to do but this group is not afraid of that.”