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Lady Hornets Hold Lead; Men 9th at the End of Second Day of Outdoor Championships

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Lady Hornets Hold Lead; Men 9th at the End of Second Day of Outdoor Championships
HUNTSVILLE – The final day of competition of the 2015 SWAC Outdoor Championship is shaping up to be an amazing finish as the Lady Hornet team holds an 83-41 lead on second place Prairie View. The men currently sit in ninth place with eight points and will look to get back into the mix heading into the last day.
“We had some really positive things happen today,” Head Coach Ritchie Beene said.” We got off to a good start today to open up the meet.  We left several points out there but overall it is going to be a long and tough weekend and tomorrow will tell a lot about how things will shape up for the championship.
The women’s heptathlon was the first event to complete action on the second day. Alicia Terrell finished the event in fourth place setting a personal collegiate record of 4,318 points adding five points to the Lady Hornets total.
In the javelin throw, Lori Davis’ toss of 38.64m gave her first place scoring 10 points. Mia Mike took third in the shot put event with a 13.24m toss earning her six points, Desiree Horn who finished seventh (5.62m) added two points in after the long jump event.
Maurice Buchanan placed second overall in the long jump (7.36m) for the men scoring eight points.
“Maurice is a positive spark for this team, he got out there today and did a great job in the long jump providing a great start for our men’s program with his second place finish,” said Beene.
In the final event of the day for the Lady Hornets, the 3,000m steeplechase saw Artrailia LeSane pull away and cruise to a first place finish in a time of 10:54.41 to give the Lady Hornets another 10 points as teammates Shakalia Williams (11:54.88) and Sade Lavallias (12:27.26) placed second and fourth adding 13 points to the Lady Hornet total.
The majority of the day was spent on the prelims for the other running events. The top eight from each event will move onto the finals in those events tomorrow. The Lady Hornets had 18 runners move to the finals and will have a slight edge against the rest of the field heading into the final day. On the men’s side five will represent ASU in the finals tomorrow.
Day One Recap
The Lady Hornets pack of Paige Rankine (36:28.92), Lesane (39:19.71), Williams (40:23.77) and Lavallias (41:46.29) finished 1-2-3-7 the 10,000m run scoring a collective 26 points. Imani White (48.91m) finished second in the hammer throw (48.91m) scoring eight points. Quinta Collier (2.71m) and Monica Howard (2.71m) finished seventh and eighth in the women’s pole vault scoring three points.
The final day of action for the SWAC Outdoor Championships will begin at 9 a.m. with the women’s discus throw and triple jump and the men’s high jump. The finals of the running events will begin at 1 p.m. with the women’s 400m relay.