track and field

In Louisiana’s first track meet in almost a year, four new personal records were set. As a team, the Ragin’ Cajuns received five first-place finishes in their season-opening tournament at LSU Purple Tiger. 

The first notable event was Chandler Mixon’s 1-2-3 finish in the men’s 60 meters hurdles. Nathan Fergusson, Trejun Jones and John Joseph joined Mixon with their respective first-place wins. Jones was one of the runners who set a new personal best in the 60-meter dash. Fergusson won first in the 400-meter dash while Joseph got a 1-2 finish in the men’s triple jump. 

The women’s 4x400 meter relay also received first-place honors. The runners for the relay were Reina Ryan, India Brown, Emoni Coleman and Ta’La Spates. 

There were also several freshmen that proved their skill. Though they didn’t place first, freshman Aalliyah Allen finished second in the 400-meter dash and freshman Tyren Hannah got second-place in the men’s shot put. 

The next tournament the Ragin’ Cajuns competed in was the Louisiana Invitational on Jan. 29. The highlight of the meet came from two Louisiana pole vaulters. Cole Courtois won first in the men’s pole vault while Reagann Leleux exhibited a new indoor school record for women’s pole vault. Leleux got the 1-2-3 finish for the pole vault and almost beat her previous personal record. 

There were also many third-place finishes for Louisiana. For the men, Rylan Theyard placed third in the high jump. 

On the women’s side, Kelly Goff earned third in the 3,000-meter dash, Tarryn Hill in the 600-meters and Serenity Rogers in the 60-meter hurdles. 

Louisiana continued making their name known in their next meet. They competed in the Scarlet and Black Invitational on Jan. 31  against the likes of Arkansas State, South Alabama and Troy. John Joseph received first place honors in the men’s triple jump. Golden Eke was a close second. Eke also placed third in the men’s long jump. He was right behind Louisiana’s Obdarius Ware who came in second. 

On the women’s end, Frankie Griffin reached third place in the women’s high jump. Taylor Walls came in fourth in the women’s long jump as did Ariel Young but in the triple jump. 

Only three meets in, Louisiana is on a clear road to earning high achieving honors in their next meet as a final test before the indoor season ends. 

The next meet for Louisiana will be Feb. 7 as part of the Jaguar Invitational. This will be the last meet before the Sun Belt Conference indoor championships and NCAA Championships. The outdoor schedule will follow, starting on March 19.

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