NEW ORLEANS — The Southern men’s team remains in contention at the Southwestern Conference Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships at Tad Gormley Stadium and will enter the meet’s final day Sunday trailing first-place Grambling by only eight points.
Grambling, the defending champion, leads with 54 points. Arkansas-Pine Bluff is third with 40 points behind Southern’s 46.
On the women’s side, Alabama State is closing in on repeating as conference championships, as the Hornets have 98 points through two days — well ahead of Prairie View with 57 points and Mississippi Valley State with 47. Southern is fifth with 25 points.
In individual finals, Terron Armstead of Arkansas-Pine Bluff set a record in the men’s shot put, winning the event with a throw of 59 feet, 7 inches. D’Wayne Houston and Reginald Redding, both from Southern, finished second and third with throws of 51-05.75 and 49-09.75.
In the decathlon, Jeffrey Adams won three of the five events on Friday to take home the gold and win the event with 5,900 points. The Alabama State senior finished first in the 110-meter hurdles, discus, shot put and high jump. Adams beat out Durante Ponder of Jackson State (5,737 points) and Alabama A&M’s Marion Malone (5,632).
Southern’s top performer was Melissa Stephenson, who won the shot put with a throw of 45-08.50. Danielle Miller of Texas Southern was second with a distance of 44-04.25 and Kashmia Weary of Southern was third at 43-00.50.
Myesha Dixon of Prairie View began the day by winning the heptathlon with 4,888 points.
The junior showcased solid performances over the two-day event, with marks of 37.35 meters in the javelin throw, 9.40 meters in the shot put, and 14.09 in the 100-meter hurdles. Alabama State’s Tyrisha Chambers (4770) and Prairie View’s Kia Allen (4304) took second and third place.
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