HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On the final day of the 2017 SWAC Outdoor Championship, JSU men and women track and field closed the day in the fifth and sixth spots respectively. However, the championship was highlighted by standout performances.
To start the final day, Latoya Gilding (46.23) placed third in the discus throw for the Lady Tigers. Jahelle Cato placed (14.30) third with a personal best in the 100- meter hurdles and seventh in the 400-meter hurdles with a 1:05.89 which is also a personal best. Khadijah Qualls (14.53) placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles. Akeilia Knight (2:16.24) got in on the podium action placing third in the 800-meter run.
The JSU women 4×100 meter relay team comprised of 1). Quatasia Fantroy 2). Jacquece Alston 3). Jahelle Cato and Mohogany Antoine (47.59) placed sixth.
The JSU women 4×400 meter relay team comprised of 1). Quatasia Fantroy 2). Akeilia Knight 3). Aniecia Brewster and 4). Jacquece Alston (3:55.90) placed eighth. The Lady Tigers came in sixth place overall moving up three places from last year.
“The meet was very interesting, said head women’s coach Camille Ross, I’m very happy that we were able to stay in the sixth due to dealing with a ton of injuries this season. I’m pretty happy with our throws crew they did a phenomenal job and I want to commend Coach Harris for working with these ladies they’ve done an awesome job.”
Aaron Ross Jr. got the Tigers on the podium to start the final day of competition. Ross placed (1.98m) third in the men high jump. Although missing the podium Eddie Parish scored much needed points for the team placing fourth in the men high jump. Javauny Hyde (15.10m) took bronze for the Tigers in the in the triple jump. Ryan Theyard (14.84m) assisted with points placing fifth in the triple jump. Joshua Hillard (14.20) took bronze in the 110 meter hurdles. Azariah Foster (14.53) placed fifth in the 110 meter hurdles and seventh (54.36) in the 400 meter hurdles. James Curtis (4:01.73) placed second, securing silver for the Tigers, in the 1500 meter run. Vincent Langat (15:41.39) brought home gold for the Tigers in the 5000-meter run.
The JSU men 4×100 meter relay team (1. Chris Felix 2. JaDarrius Perryman 3. Joshua Hillard and 4. Jailen Bell) scored points placing sixth in the relay with a time of 41.73.
The JSU men 4×400 meter relay team (1. JaDarrius Perryman 2. Murry Washington 3. Azariah Foster and 4. William Carroll) scored points for the team placing seventh in the relay with a time of 3:17.16. The Tigers came in fifth place overall.
“I was pleased with some of the performances and not so much with others,” said head men’s coach Mark Thorne. “I’m very disappointed that we didn’t score in a lot of the events that we should’ve scored in which would’ve produced a different outcome. We only scored 87 points we needed all hands-on deck and we didn’t get that today. Unfortunately we will lose about seven seniors now we’ll recruit, reload and work on our weaknesses and get ready for next year.”