Bowie State Track and Field competes at George Mason
By Tonya Walton
Richards qualifies for the 2010 National Track and Field in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Bowie State University indoor track and field team recently competed in The Patriot Games on Jan. 30 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. against other top squads including the University of Maryland College Park, Navy, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Howard University and Mount St. Mary's College, just to name a few.
At the Patriot Games, the Bulldogs had many exceptional athletes such as Devin Richards, who qualified for nationals for the first time with a jump of 7.11m. Lakisha Carney had a great meet. She bounced back from off beat in the shot put, throwing 12.50m. In the 60-meter dash hurdles, Nicole Robinson lead that group running 9.21 seconds and Angeliq Henderson running 9.40 seconds. John'nae Allen Davis ran a time of 26.40 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Brittany Williams had a great 800-meter race performance with a running at time of 5:40.03.
"I'm proud of the Bulldogs. Some will be traveling to New York next weekend to add more to the national board and get ready for the CIAA championships," said Haead Track and Field Coach Michelle Latimer.
The half of the Bulldog team competed at George Mason University. The elite team traveled to University Park Pennsylvania in the hope of bringing more athletes on broad for the national competition in Albuquerque, N.M.
BSU Track and Field Elite Team on Board for Nationals
The Bowie State University Track and Field elite girl's and boy's team made it on board for National which is held in Albuquerque New Mexico in March.
On January 30, the elite bulldog's team headed to Penn State National Invitational Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track and Field meet, at University Park, PA.
At the national invitational meet there were big Division I and II university such as Tennessee, Miami, Ohio State, Connecticut, Buffalo, North Carolina Central, St. Augustine just to name a few. The teams had to be at a certain standard qualifying time or jump to be invited to this national invitational meet.
The elite seven male squad where, Jamin Gallman , Santiato Ennis, Artavius Williams, Bryon Lewis, Aaron Johnson, Sean Johnson, William Bailey. Male captain Jamin Gallman ran his personal best of the season in the 400 meter run with a time of 49.21sec finishing 8th or 9th overall. Aaron Johnson had a great meet until he caught a charlie horse he finished 4th with a jump of 6ft -11". Sean Johnson qualified for national but it wasn't the jump we wanted to see he is going for it next week in New York. Artavius did not have the meet he wants this weekend but he will bounce back. William bailey did pretty good. The two surprises on the male side was Jamin Gallman and Santiato Ennis who lead the team in male 4x400 meter relay but we had a mishap at the 3rd and 4th exchange the baton was dropped. The male 4x400 meter relay was on pace to qualify for National.
On the elite women side are, Shamika Patton, Michelle Palmer, Jasmine Butler, Shayla Davis and Indya Price. Captain Shamika Patton who is just having an amazing junior year on the track, Shamika was a member of the women 4x400 meter relay that ran themselves right on the national board ranked number six her team consist of Shayla Davis popping off giving the team a nice lead handing off to Jasmine Butler who ran a smart and smooth raise and Jasmine passed the baton off to captain Shamika Patton who ran an awesome split of 57.65 sec and the anchor was Michelle Palmer who went across the line sick to run lady bulldogs right into the national ranking.
"I was proud of my entire team and staff and as a head coach you have to let your athlete no when you are proud of them and you were not so happy with them." Coach Latimer Head Track and Field Coach said.
Currently the bulldog men are ranked 26th nationally and for regional ranking the woman are ranked 7th and the men are 8th.
The next track meets are at New Balance National Meet in New York, Feb 5-6. Followed by the CIAA Championships Feb 12-13.