Several Wildcats Earn High Marks at 86th Kansas Relays
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats wrapped competition Saturday at the 86th Kansas Relays with 12 top-10 finishes in the major Midwestern meet, with teams from all across the nation, while B-CU was led by La’Quan Howard’s third place mark in the triple jump.
Faced with a starkly different climate than the rising temperatures of Florida in April, the Wildcats had to make some adjustments, but several athletes came through in major fashion, placing B-CU among the top tier of several events.
“We had a good weekend considering the conditions,” Head Coach Donald Cooper said. “We’ve been a little spoiled by 80-plus degree weather the last few weekends and weren’t quite acclimated to the sub-50 temperatures this weekend.”
“It was tough to warm up and we did not want any injuries this close to conference,” Cooper noted, “However, we got individuals and relay teams back to the finals and many placed well.”
Among the top tier of Wildcats performing well, Howard hit a mark of 14.86m in the triple jump to place third and lead all B-CU performers at KU’s Memorial Stadium. Jimel Wright also finished 15th in the event with a mark of 13.92m.
Freshman Tristie Johnson also turned in a commanding performance in the short sprints, setting a new career mark in the 200m with a fourth place finish in the 200m, improving from her placing of fifth in the prelims. Johnson also competed well in the 100m, finishing ninth in the preliminaries with an 11.94, coming in ninth, narrowly missing the qualifying mark by .06 seconds.
On the men’s side of the sprints, Angelo Cabrera improved two places in Saturday’s final, finishing fifth with a time of 10.71. Cabrera ran a 10.67 in the preliminaries, while Darnell Washington was 10th in the prelim with a mark of 10.77.
In the men’s 200m, Joshua Perkins came in 10th in the preliminary with a time of 22.34.
In the middle distance, Ricy Brown came in fifth in the men’s 800m with a time of 1:56.73.
Senior Kadian Dunkley turned in a season-best time of 11:20.39 in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing sixth in the event.
In the throws, Desiree Richardson and Barry Kimbrough each logged an eighth-place performance in the shot put. Richardson threw 12.62m in the women’s shot, while Kimbrough hit a mark of 13.86m in the men’s shot.
Rayanna Johnson made a distance of 10.96m in the triple jump for ninth, while Deidra Jordan hit a height of 1.58m in the high jump for 15th.
The Wildcats’ relay teams each showed well in the 4 x 100m event. The men’s team of Tremayne Banks, Cabrera, Washington and Perkins earned fourth place in a time of 41.34 in the finals. The women’s squad of Shakira Garner, Johnson, Breonca Reid and Apple Harris also finished fourth, finishing with a mark of 46.31 in the finals.
“It was great exposure for the program and the university,” Cooper noted. “We got the opportunity to perform in front a lot of JUCO and high school teams. We look forward to conference in a couple of weeks.”
Next up for B-CU, the Wildcats return to action in the Sunshine State, traveling to Miramar on April 29 for the Multi-Cultural Games.
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