Blue Tigers Open 2023 Outdoor Campaign With 10 Victories

ROLLA, Mo. – The Lincoln men’s track & field team opened its 2023 outdoor campaign in winning fashion, taking first place in six events at the Miner Invitational, hosted by Missouri S&T on Friday and Saturday (March 24-25).

The Blue Tigers swept both the 4x100m (41.45) and 4x400m (3:16.47) relays, and Dejone Raymond took first place in the high jump with a mark of 2.01m. In the long jump, Wesley Tyndall led LU with a fourth-place result, posting a distance of 6.95m, and Malik Drummond came in ninth (6.55m) while Raymond finished in 11th (6.51m). In the triple jump, Drummond was the runner-up at 14.60m, and Raymond claimed fourth at 13.54m.

Shemar Fletcher won the 200m in 21.52, with Dervin Walker taking fourth (22.31) and Dimitri Beckford placing ninth (22.52). Beckford also placed third in the 100m (10.91) while Tyndall claimed seventh place (11.10).

Kevaughn Goldson had the winning time of 48.70 in the 400m dash, while DauJaughn Murray was the runner-up in 48.84. Lincoln also swept the top-two of the 400m hurdles, as Kewani Campbell won the event in 52.22 while Shanthamoi Brown was the runner-up in 53.21.

The Lincoln women’s outdoor track & field team also opened its 2023 season on Friday and Saturday, winning four events at the Miner Invitational.

Two of the wins came in field events, with Annalisa Barclay taking the triple jump with a distance of 12.33m and Nehlia Mills winning the high jump at 1.68m. Barclay also posted a fourth-place result in the long jump with a leap of 5.51m.

Shantae George was the winner of the 400m dash, timing in at 57.36, while Denita Jackson turned in a time of 58.45 to finish as the runner-up. Sophia Myers, meanwhile, won the 400m hurdles in 1:05.85. In the 100m hurdles, Vivian Akunna took second (15.55) and Ray-Donna Lee came in third (16.21).

Chrissani May finished as the runner-up in the 800m, clocking in at 2:20.20. In the 200m, Monae Carey claimed third (25.20), Jackson took fourth (25.56), Shanette Allison placed eighth (26.53), and Mills closed out the top-10 (26.65).

Lincoln also excelled in the 100m dash, with six Blue Tigers finishing among the top-11 in the event. Hughasia Fyffe posted LU’s quickest time of 12.13, good for third place, and Carey checked in at fourth after timing in at 12.27. Jovanna Gustave (12.62) and Danneika Lyn (12.65) respectively placed seventh and eighth. Barclay (12.85) took 10th, and Mills (12.87) finished in 11th.

Up next for the Blue Tigers is the CMU Invite, which will be hosted by Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. on March 31 and April 1.