track & field

The Ragin’ Cajuns men’s and women’s track & field team had their first indoor match of the season. They traveled to Baton Rouge to take on LSU at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse.

This meet was a non-scoring meet and not part of an invitational tournament. The first scoring meet takes place over the weekend.

Louisiana had its fair share of strong performances in the season opener. The relay team ended the day in second place.

Individual performances were strong as well. Dominique Williams, a senior hammer thrower, started the day with the men’s weight throw. He ended up winning second place in the contest.

Williams is the defending Sun Belt Conference champion in the men’s weight throw category. In the LSU meet, he threw over 64 feet, only 6 feet behind LSU’s Jake Norris, who took first place.

Another second-place finish came from Rylan Theyard. He’s a sophomore high and triple jumper. At the LSU meet, he finished second in the men’s triple jump.

For the men’s long jump, Chandler Mixon got sixth overall. He’s a junior who competes in multiple events from running to jumping.

Freshman pole vaulter Nick Russell recorded a fourth-place finish in the men’s pole vault.

Terroll Jolla finished sixth for the 60-meter dash. He’s a sophomore specializing in sprints and finished the race in just a little over six minutes.

Tahj Whitfield is a junior hurdler. He finished fourth overall in the 60-meter hurdle event. While doing so, he also set a personal record.

Tyrell Hargrove got sixth-place in the 600-meter race, while Rashid Reese and Key Alfred both got eighth place in their respective runs. Hargrove is a sophomore middle-distance runner while Reese and Alfred are sophomore distance runners.

The men wrapped up their competition with a 4 x 400-meter relay, ending in 3 minutes, 20 seconds.

For the women’s side of the day, they were just as impressive as the men.

Frankie Griffin and Taylor Davis both earned top 6 performances in the women’s high jump. Griffin, a junior high jumper, finished third and Davis, a freshman all-around jumper finished sixth.

Senior thrower Alexis James earned seventh with the weight throw and set a personal record.

In the team 4 x 400-meter relay, Louisiana placed second. India Brown, Shonita Brome, Emoni Coleman and Ta’La Spates competed in the relay for the day.

Brown is a sophomore sprinter, Brome a freshman sprinter, Spates a freshman sprinter and Coleman a freshman distance runner.

Coleman also finished fifth in the mile run and Kennedy London placed 10th in the 60-meter hurdles. London is a freshman that doubles in sprints and hurdles.

Up next, the Ragin’ Cajuns will compete against Texas A&M as part of the Ted Nelson Invitational. The meet will take place on Friday, Jan. 17 at 12 p.m.

There will be seven indoor meets before the SBC and NCAA Indoor Championships. The outdoor season officially starts on Saturday, March 14 against McNeese in Lake Charles. There will be 14 outdoor meets before the SBC and NCAA Outdoor Championships.

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