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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 25, 2018 11:10 pm

NAIA Track and Field National Championships

Tech sophomore wins NAIA track title


Indiana Tech sophomore Cheyenne White's national championship highlighted the second day of the Warriors' competition at the NAIA Track and Field National Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Friday.

White jumped 40 feet, 4.25 inches in the triple jump to claim the national title, adding to her runner-up finish in the long jump on Thursday.

On the track, the 1,600 relay team of Lauren Edwards, Ayanna Moody, Patience Kennedy and Antonishka Deveaux earned the top seed with 3:46.00.

Leondra Correia won her heat of the 100-meter hurdles in 14.20 seconds, earning the second heat for today's finals. Shakirah Allen also qualified with the sixth-fastest time of 14.44 and Moody finished fifth in the 400 prelims with 55.54.

Mary Leighton (11th, 14.69), KiMaya Houston (21st, 15.01) and Jalacia George (29th, 15.23) failed to advance in the finals of the 100 hurdles, Patience Kennedy finished 16th in the 400 with 57.85; and in the 100, Doneasha Brewer (10th, 12.06), Lalia Strickland (24th, 12.29) and Aaliyah Brown (30th, 12.55) competed in the 100.

On the men's side, Davonta Beckham qualified for the 800 with a 1:53.50 effort in the preliminary races, finishing fifth in his heat.

Also qualifying for today's finals were Kejavon Moore and Matt Lockridge in the 100 after times of 10.46 and 10.51. The 1,600 relay team of Marthelemy Peter, Moore, Chale Mcleod and Qadir Muhammad won its heat and claimed the third seed with 3:12.02.

Brandon Smiley (ninth, 10.68), Cody Bailey (11th, 10.7) and Nigel Jena (20th, 10.82) competed in the 100; Muhammad (11th, 47.95) and Peter (14th, 48.22) ran the 400; Bailey (12th, 14.53) and DeShawn Woods (27th, 15.06) competed in the 110 hurdles; Jordan Partee jumped 22-8.5 for 19th place in long jump and Kadan Branam was 11th in high jump, clearing 6-7.5.

The marathon begins at 7 a.m. today with the remaining finals beginning at 2 p.m.