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Strong Performances for Wildcats at Gator Invitational

Courtesy: BCUathletics.com           Release: 01/17/2013

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman track & field had a solid outing against tougher competition in the second meet of the indoor season, at Thursday's Gator Invitational at UF's Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The Wildcats came away with 25 top-10 finishes on the day, including a pair of first-place performances in the men's 200m and high jump.

B-CU also added 13 qualifications for the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

"We had a good outing," Head Coach Donald Cooper said. "I was pleased with the teams carrying out and executing the things we have been working on. Every weekend is not going to be your best but we want to be consistent at executing."

According to Cooper, Keron Stoute knocked off some cobwebs that hindered him last week, winning the men's high jump to open the meet with a height of 2.03m (6-08.00 ft.) and led a strong effort from B-CU's field event corps.

Joining Stoute in the effort, La'Quan Howard earned second place in the triple jump with a distance of 15.00m (49-02.50 ft.), Barry Kimbrough threw 14.28m (46-10.25 ft.) in the shot put to place sixth, while Akeem Barthol made his 2013 debut in the pole vault with a height of 4.30m (14-01.25 ft.).

In the women's field events, Sasha Smallwood improved on her season-opening mark by four inches in the pole vault, leading B-CU with a fourth place finish and a height of 3.45m (11-03.75 ft.), while in the high jump, Juliette Hyppolite and Deidra Jordan tied for sixth with matching 1.61m (5-03.25 ft.) marks. Desiree Richardson threw 12.12m (39-09.25 ft.) in the shot put to finish 10th.

Josh Perkins led a tough B-CU men's effort in the 200m to win the event in 22.09 seconds, just ahead of Darnel Washington in second at 22.37, with Angelo Cabrera finishing eighth at 22.91. Washington also finished fifth in the 55m final with a time of 6.54.

Garrett Ellis finished fourth in the 400m with a time of 49.92, dropping two seconds off his 2012 Gator Invite time. Tremayne Banks finished eighth in the 55m hurdles with a time of 7.71.

In the women's sprints, Tristie Johnson made her debut in her more natural events, earning second place in the 55m finals with a personal best of 7.01, just seven hundredths of a second behind Florida's Destinee Gause. Joining Johnson in the 55m final, Apple Harris ran 7.20 to finish seventh.

Johnson returned to finish fourth in the 200m with a time of 25.23, just ahead of Alonti Richardson in fifth (25.38) and Breonca Reid in 10th (26.00).

In the hurdles, Rayanna Johnson finished fifth in the 55m hurdles (8.77) with Deidra Jordan in seventh (8.92).

Adding some laps to the events, Ricy Brown topped the Wildcats as the distance extended, coming in second in the 800m with a time of 1:54.58. On the women's side, Kadian Dunkley made her 2013 debut in the 3000m, finishing third in 10:24.90.

With their first relays of the season, the men's 4x400m (3:30.17; Ellis, Tavares Harris, Nnamdi Davis and Curtis Riggins) finished fifth. The women's 4x400m (4:13.88; Jordan, Reid, Raven Thomas and Hyppolite) finished 10th.

The Wildcats will have a busy schedule on the slate next week, heading to Columbia, S.C. for limited competition at the USC Indoor Open #2 on Wednesday. According to Cooper, B-CU will compete in just five events (55m, 55m hurdles, pole vault, shot put and high jump) at the mid-week event, before returning to Gainesville and the O'Connell Center for the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 26-27).
For all the latest information on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, follow the official Twitter feed, @BCUathletics, or "Like Us" on Facebook at Bethune-Cookman Athletics.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Bethune-Cookman track & field had a solid outing against tougher competition in the second meet of the indoor season, at Thursday's Gator Invitational at UF's Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The Wildcats came away with 25 top-10 finishes on the day, including a pair of first-place performances in the men's 200m and high jump.

B-CU also added 13 qualifications for the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

"We had a good outing," Head Coach Donald Cooper said. "I was pleased with the teams carrying out and executing the things we have been working on. Every weekend is not going to be your best but we want to be consistent at executing."

According to Cooper, Keron Stoute knocked off some cobwebs that hindered him last week, winning the men's high jump to open the meet with a height of 2.03m (6-08.00 ft.) and led a strong effort from B-CU's field event corps.

Joining Stoute in the effort, La'Quan Howard earned second place in the triple jump with a distance of 15.00m (49-02.50 ft.), Barry Kimbrough threw 14.28m (46-10.25 ft.) in the shot put to place sixth, while Akeem Barthol made his 2013 debut in the pole vault with a height of 4.30m (14-01.25 ft.).

In the women's field events, Sasha Smallwood improved on her season-opening mark by four inches in the pole vault, leading B-CU with a fourth place finish and a height of 3.45m (11-03.75 ft.), while in the high jump, Juliette Hyppolite and Deidra Jordan tied for sixth with matching 1.61m (5-03.25 ft.) marks. Desiree Richardson threw 12.12m (39-09.25 ft.) in the shot put to finish 10th.

Josh Perkins led a tough B-CU men's effort in the 200m to win the event in 22.09 seconds, just ahead of Darnel Washington in second at 22.37, with Angelo Cabrera finishing eighth at 22.91. Washington also finished fifth in the 55m final with a time of 6.54.

Garrett Ellis finished fourth in the 400m with a time of 49.92, dropping two seconds off his 2012 Gator Invite time. Tremayne Banks finished eighth in the 55m hurdles with a time of 7.71.

In the women's sprints, Tristie Johnson made her debut in her more natural events, earning second place in the 55m finals with a personal best of 7.01, just seven hundredths of a second behind Florida's Destinee Gause. Joining Johnson in the 55m final, Apple Harris ran 7.20 to finish seventh.

Johnson returned to finish fourth in the 200m with a time of 25.23, just ahead of Alonti Richardson in fifth (25.38) and Breonca Reid in 10th (26.00).

In the hurdles, Rayanna Johnson finished fifth in the 55m hurdles (8.77) with Deidra Jordan in seventh (8.92).

Adding some laps to the events, Ricy Brown topped the Wildcats as the distance extended, coming in second in the 800m with a time of 1:54.58. On the women's side, Kadian Dunkley made her 2013 debut in the 3000m, finishing third in 10:24.90.

With their first relays of the season, the men's 4x400m (3:30.17; Ellis, Tavares Harris, Nnamdi Davis and Curtis Riggins) finished fifth. The women's 4x400m (4:13.88; Jordan, Reid, Raven Thomas and Hyppolite) finished 10th.

The Wildcats will have a busy schedule on the slate next week, heading to Columbia, S.C. for limited competition at the USC Indoor Open #2 on Wednesday. According to Cooper, B-CU will compete in just five events (55m, 55m hurdles, pole vault, shot put and high jump) at the mid-week event, before returning to Gainesville and the O'Connell Center for the Jimmy Carnes Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 26-27).

For all the latest information on the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, follow the official Twitter feed, @BCUathletics, or "Like Us" on Facebook at Bethune-Cookman Athletics.

-www.BCUathletics.com-

 

       
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