Rattlers score wins in tune up for SWAC meet

Lauryn Hall ran a leg on the FAMU women’s 4×400 team.
Photo by Kyrease Desseau

Special to the Outlook

The FAMU track and field team made good of its last competitive tune before the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship, winning eight events.

In all, the Rattlers had 23 total medalist performances at the Celebration Pointe Indoor Classic in Gainesville. Nine of the winning results were a collegiate or indoor best.

The next outing for the Rattlers is the SWAC championships  on Feb. 16-17.

With the outcome in the last two meets – the Celebration Pointe Classic and Alachua County Collegiate Invitational — Kiara Ivy (pole vault), Denae Hill (shot put), and Forrest Booker (triple jump) are working back-to-back first-place finishes in their respective events 

Additional achievements by the Rattlers included record-setting performance by Mia Heard, Imani Walker, Hill, Kobe Gibson and Samuel Gardner. They broke facility records in the long jump, shot put, and 60-meter dash, respectively.

The previous facility record for the 60-meter race was 7.09.

The previous facility record in the long jump was 5.25m (17 feet, 2¾ inches). The previous facility record for the shot put was 11.85 meters (38 feet, 10½ inches).

Heard also swept the long jump and triple jump events at the Celebration Pointe Classic. 

The following are team and individual results from last weekend’s meet:

Pole Vault — Kiara Ivy,  3.40 meters (11 feet, 1¾ inches) 1/7.

Long Jump — Mia Heard, 5.67 meters (18 feet, 7¼ inches) 1/15; Imani Walker, 5.33 meters (17 feet,  6 inches) 3/15; Myles Chapman, 6.42 meters (21 feet, ¾ inches) 3/13; 

 Weight Throw — Kobe Gibson, 13.12 meters (43 feet) ¼; Denae Hill, 14.22 meters (46 feet, 8 inches) 2/10.

Shot Put — Denae Hill, 12.46 meters (40 feet, 10½ inches) 1/8; Kennedy Hill, 11.15 meter (36 feet, 7 inches) 2/8; London Shaw, 10.75 meters (35 feet, 3¼ inches) 3/8; Preston Loggins, 13.19 meters (43 feet, 3¼ inches) 2/9; Kobe Gibson, 12.89 meters (42 feet, 3½ inches) 3/9; 

Triple Jump — Forrest Booker, 14.10 meters (46 feet, 3¼ inches) 1/3; Mia Heard, 11.16 meters (36 feet, 7½ inches) 1/5; Skila Rogers, 10.77 meters (35 feet, 4 inches) 2/5; Jordyn Ash, 10.66 meters (34 feet, 11¾ inches) 3/5.

400 Meters — William Shelton, 49.53,  2/11; Zoe Hightower,  58.17, 3/9; Samuel Gardner, 49.54, 3/11.

60 Meter Hurdles– Jaydon Sanford, 8.37, 1/5.

60 Meters — Samuel Gardner, 7.01, 2/6. 

4×400 meter race (men) — Leo Maguranyanga, Dawson Baker, Brandon Love, William Shelton, Jaydon Sanford,  3:19.92, 1/8. Women — Zoe Hightower, Destini Pickens, Teleda Williams, Lacie Deboskie, 3:48.94, 2/10; Lauryn Hall, Madison Gordon, Shaniya Berry, Taylor Brown, 4:02.35, 3/10.


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