LSU Alumni Gold — Stewart Yet Another 400 Threat

Trevor Stewart of North Carolina A&T joined the sub-45 club in a big way with his 44.54. (BRYAN WAYNE)

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, April 20—This year South Carolina has emerged as a state to be reckoned with in the collegiate men’s 400 with the pairing of Tyrell Richard & Quincy Hall, but after LSU’s Alumni Gold meet, North Carolina is looking for bragging rights too. North Carolina A&T’s Trevor Stewart is suddenly at 44.54, making him the second-fastest collegian on the year. The Aggie soph entered this year as a 45.28 performer, but in his first outdoor race lowered that to a world-leading 45.18 in winning the Florida Relays.

Said coach Duane Ross, himself an ’04 Olympian in the high hurdles, “We’re just getting started, but this is just his second one. We haven’t come off anything. I mean, what we’re doing strengthwise, what we are doing in the weightroom and everything has been geared toward the NCAAs. When we sat down at the end of the season, we geared everything at the NCAA Championships and beyond knowing it was a big year. So there’s plenty, plenty left. This one right here, it just opened up his eyes. You could see it.”

There was good speed on the women’s side too, as last year’s NCAA/USATF 100 champ, Aleia Hobbs, coming back from a pair of knee surgeries, ran her first individual outdoor race of the year. She had a healthy 2.8mps wind at her back but nonetheless impressed with her 10.83w.

Prize LSU frosh Mondo Duplantis made his yearly outdoor debut a successful one by winning at 18-2½ (5.55) before missing at 19-¾ (5.81).


ALUMNI GOLD MEN’S RESULTS

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, April 20—

100(2.8): 1. Micah Larkins (NWnLa) 10.10w; 2. McKinely West (SnMs) 10.13w; 3. Bismark Boateng’ (Can) 10.25w; 4. *Akanni Hislop’ (LSU) 10.29w.

200: I(2.0)–1. Hislop’ 20.65; 2. Rodney Rowe (NCAT) 20.68.

II(3.9)–1. Jaron Flournoy (LSU) 20.13w (a-c AmCL);

2. **Hakim Sani Brown’ (Fl) 20.48w; 3. Vernon Norwood (NBal) 20.57w.

400: 1. **Trevor Stewart (NCAT) 44.54 PR; 2. Vernon Norwood (NBal) 45.29; 3. *Tyler Terry (LSU) 45.88.

110H(2.6): 1. Joshua Thompson (unat) 13.46w; 2. **Damion Thomas’ (LSU) 13.58w; 3. Arthur Price (LSU) 13.61w; 4. Ryan Fontenot (unat) 13.67w; 5. **LaFranz Campbell’ (Clem) 13.68w; 6. Michael Dickson (NCAT) 13.70w.

400H: 1. Quincy Downing (unat) 49.73 (AL);

2. Sheldon Williams’ (Jam) 50.54; 3. Christian Boyd (LSU) 50.55; 4. **Cory Poole (Fl) 50.77.

4 x 100: II–1. Southern Mississippi 39.97. III–1. Florida 38.55 (Ekevwo, Sani Brown’, Holloway, Clark); 2. LSU 38.82; 3. Canada 38.88; 4. North Carolina A&T 39.14; 5. Mississippi State 39.96.

4 x 400: 1. LSU 3:04.89 (Camel, Kibet, Mosby, Terry); 2. Canada 3:05.52; 3. Florida 3:05.67.

Field Events

HJ: 1. **JuVaughn Harrison (LSU) 7-4¼ (2.24) PR (=out AmCL);

2. Jhonny Victor (Fl) 7-2½ (2.20); 3. *Eric Richards (SnMs) 7-2½ =PR; 4. *Caleb Parker (SnMs) 7-1 (2.16).

PV: 1. ***Mondo Duplantis’ (LSU) 18-2½ (5.55) (outdoor debut) (17-4½ [2], 18-2½, 19-¾ [xxx]) (5.30 [2], 5.55, 5.81 [xxx]); 2. Carson Waters (unat) 17-10½ (5.45).

LJ: 1. *Grant Holloway (Fl) 26-3 (8.00); 2. Rodney Ruffin (unat) 25-10¼ (7.88); 3. Damar Forbes’ (Jam) 25-10w (7.87) (25-5¼/7.75); 4. *Rayvon Grey (LSU) 25-8¾ (7.84).

TJ: 1. DeVontae Steele (unat) 52-4½ (15.96).

SP: 1. T’Mond Johnson (TxSt) 63-1½ (19.24).

DT: 1. ***Roje Stona’ (Clem) 188-1 (57.34).

HT: 1. **Thomas Mardal’ (Fl) 232-10 (70.96); 2. **Jake Norris’ (LSU) 227-1 (69.22); 3. AJ McFarland (Fl) 219-10 (67.00).

ALUMNI GOLD WOMEN’S RESULTS

100: I(2.5)–1. **Janeek Brown’ (Ar) 11.22w; 2. *Rebekah Smith (Clem) 11.37w.

II(2.8)–1. Aleia Hobbs (TOly) 10.83w (a-c: WL, AL);

2. Crystal Emmanuel’ (Can) 11.03w; 3. ***Sha’Carri Richardson (LSU) 11.12w; 4. Gabrielle Thomas (NBal) 11.14w; 5. Kiara Parker (Ar) 11.23w.

200: I(1.3)–1. ***Cambrea Sturgis (NCAT) 22.71 PR; 2. Brown’ 23.05 PR; 3. Jada Martin (unat) 23.33; 4. Tramesha Hardy (TxSt) 23.37. II(1.3)–1. Kayla White (NCAT) 22.74 PR; 2. Gabrielle Thomas (NBal) 22.98; 3. Kyra Jefferson (Nik) 23.19; 4. Richardson 23.35; 5. Payton Chadwick (Ar) 23.39.

400: I–1. ***Doneisha Anderson’ (Fl) 52.77 PR. II–1. Maddy Price’ (Can) 51.56 PR; 2. **Kethlin Campbell (Ar) 51.83 PR; 3. ***Stacey Ann Williams’ (SnNO) 52.74; 4. **Taylor Manson (Fl) 53.07; 5. Rachel Misher (LSU) 53.63.

800: 1. Ersula Farrow (LSU) 2:05.75; 2. ***Katy-Ann McDonald’ (LSU) 2:06.47; 3. Alena Brooks’ (Tri) 2:06.69.

100H(2.8): 1. *TeJyrica Robinson (NCAT) 13.24w.

II(1.9)–1. *Tonea Marshall (LSU) 12.81 (CL);

2. Danielle Williams’ (Jam) 12.94; 3. Chadwick 12.97; 4. *Brittley Humphrey (LSU) 13.15; 5. **Milan Young (LSU) 13.28.

400H: 1. Young 58.41; 2. **Nikki Stephens (Fl) 58.93.

II–1. Shamier Little (adi) 56.47; 2. Cassandra Tate (adi) 57.46.

4 x 100: 1. Arkansas 43.45 (Parker, Chadwick, Brown, Campbell); 2. LSU 43.72; 3. North Carolina A&T 43.91.

4 x 400: 1. Arkansas 3:30.37 (Burks Magee, Parker, Chadwick, Campbell); 2. Canada 3:30.83; 3. Florida 3:34.62; 4. LSU 3:38.36; 5. Clemson 3:38.51.

Field Events

HJ: 1. **Abigail O’Donoghue (LSU) 5-11¼ (1.81) =PR.

PV: 1. Rebekah Markel (Tul) 13-9¼ (4.20).

LJ: 1. Kenyattia Hackworth (unat) 21-8w (6.60) (21-2/6.45); 2. Yanis David’ (Fl) 21-0 (6.40); 3. *Jasmyn Steels (NWnLa) 20-8½ (6.31).

TJ: 1. Lynnika Pitts (unat) 45-7¼w (13.90) (44-1¼/13.44); 2. *Simi Fajemisin’ (Harv) 42-3½w (12.89).

DT: 1. ***Veronica Fraley (Clem) 173-7 (52.90).

HT: 1. Janee’ Kassanavoid (unat) 233-6 (71.18); 2. Alina Duran (unat) 215-0 (65.54).

JT: 1. Kelsey Frank (NWnLa) 168-5 (51.34) PR.