Track and Field News
BSU Track and Field Stars Shine at Virginia Tech Challenge
By Tonya Walton
Junior William Bailey placed first in the long jump and junior Aaron Johnson placed third in high jump at the Virginia Tech Challenge meet in February.
The Virginia Tech Challenge meet was held Feb. 19 and 20 at the Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.
The BSU track and field team competed against the much bigger Division I and II schools such as Virginia Tech, William & Mary, George Mason, Winston-Salem State, North Carolina State, Duke University, Wake Forest, Johnson C. Smith, Lynchburg, UNC-Wilmington, Alabama-Huntevil, Tennessee, Ireland, Virginia University, Radford and St. Augustine.
On the women's side in the field, junior Lakeshia Carney placed ninth in shot put with a throw of 42-09m. Kayla Campbell placed 13th with a throw of 40-05.50 and Brady Peat placed 15th with a throw of 39-.04.
Running on the track, Shayla Davis, Shamika Patton, Jasmine Bulter, Indya Price placed ninth overall in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:53.34. Junior Nicole Robinson ran her personal best in the 60 meter hurdlers with a time of 8.90s and also competed in the 60m dash placing 28th with a time of 8.18s. Freshman Brittany Williams ran the 800m placing 20th with a time of 2:24.47. Freshman John'nae Allen-Davis competed in the 60m dash placing 18th with a time of 8.00 and placing 20th in the 200m dash with a time of 25.27. Placing 32nd was freshman Price who ran the 200m dash with a time of 26.26.
Competing on the men's side, running the 200m dash Santiato Ennis placed 15th with a time of 22.35 and William Bailey placed 16th with a time of 22.39. In the 400m dash Bryon Lewis runs 49.96sec placing 23rd. For the men's 4x400m relay, Ennis, Bailey, Dana Smother and Bryon Lewis ran a time of 3:18.45 placing fifth.
In the field, the jump squad put on a show, in triple jump Sean Johnson jumped 48-03.50 placing fifth, Artavious Williams jumped 47-05.25 placing eighth and Devin Richards placed ninth with a jump of 46-11.50. In the long jump, Bailey placed first jumping 24-11. Johnson jumped 23-01.25 placing eighth. Richards placed 15th jumping 21-10 and Williams jumped a height of 21-04.75, placing 19th. Junior Johnson placed third in the high jump with a leap of 6-10.75.
"I felt very surprised! To come back after not running or jumping for two years, I couldn't imagine jumping as far as I did at the CIAA championship and at V Tech," said Bailey.
Coach Latimer was excited about the team's efforts. "We had three athletes to qualify for outdoor National: Aaron Johnson, Sean Johnson and William Bailey. Sean Johnson is having an awesome senior year on the track look for great things from all them in the outdoor season. The men and women 4x400 meter relays fell short on the time they needed to improve on the national listing."