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Butler sets conference record during successful LSU Alumni Gold meet


BATON ROUGE – Another meet, another record set by the Northwestern State track teams.

Again, Sanaria Butler led the way with the broken record.

After already breaking three this outdoor season as a member of relay teams, she wanted to break one solo this time.

Butler set a Southland Conference record with a blistering 52.11 in the women’s 400 and finished third in the LSU Alumni Gold. She placed first among affiliated collegiate athletes and was the only one to finish in the top five.

“Honestly, we expected faster overall,” head coach said Adam Pennington said. “But it’s hard to be in lane nine without someone in front of you. Last year she had to deal with this during the national competitions and she only ran 52.5 in top form.

“She also hasn’t trained for over a week due to a minor injury, so we weren’t sure if she would be ready today.”

Transasia Jones (55.38) became 21st And Samari Finney (55.95) finished 23rdrd in the 400 ladies.

As she often does, Butler was in the midst of another strong run for the women’s 4×400 relay team.

Butler, Jones, Vanessa Balde And Maygan Shaw ran a 3:43.39 in the relay and came in first in the event.

The men’s 4×400 relay team finished in third place, with a time of 3:12.73, finishing behind only LSU and Eastern Michigan.

On the men’s side in the 400, Cyrus Jacobs clocked a personal best of 47.29 and finished in 18th placee. Jaysaun Smith ran a season best of 47.87 and finished 25the.

Keontae Gaines (10.22) and Mikkel Johansson (10.54) each ran a personal best in the men’s 100 meter hurdles, finishing fifth and seventeenth.erespectively.

“Keonta was really impressive, setting another PR,” Pennington said. “It was especially impressive after dealing with an injury since Texas Relays.”

On the women’s side, Lynell Washington clocked an 11.68 in the 100.

Balde ran 13.42 in the women’s 100 meter hurdles and finished 13the.

In the men’s 110 meter hurdles, Taj Morris done 15e with a time of 14.51. Tim Pelkmans set a personal best in the event, with a time of 15.23.

Three personal records were set in the men’s and women’s 800 meters.

On the men’s side, Brian Norton (1:54.77) and Evan Wilson (2:00.53) well, while Makaya Damon (2:36.44) did this for the women.

At the throws, Djimon Gumbs took first place in the men’s shot put, throwing a 64-10.5. Tarah Hudson threw a personal best of 53-7.75 in the event and finished seventh.

Three Demons reached the top seven in the men’s discus throw, led by Diamante gums (181-08) and finished fifth out of 15.

Djimon Gumbs (180-07) and Hudson (178-09) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

“I thought all three discus guys did pretty well,” head coach said Mike Heimerman said. “We just missed the timing a little bit. It was very hot and humid, so for those who did two events it was impressive to see them compete to do well in the second.”

On the women’s side, Kaitlyn Washington finished fifth and rolled a 170-01.

“I didn’t even think Kaitlyn looked great, but I set a PR,” Heimerman said. “That’s great because it shows she can throw further.”

In the women’s shot put Shakera Williams (46-8.25) finished eighth Ianna Roach (46-1.5) finished ninth and Carnitra Mackey (44-9.5) came in at 10e.

At the jumps, Jaslyn Smith recorded a jump of 18-9.25 and finished seventh.

Andreas Gilreath came in 10e on the men’s side in the long jump.

Victoria Byrd achieved a score of 38-8.75 in the women’s triple jump, which is an outdoor best.

Madison Brownwho earned a victory at the Leon Johnson Invitational, scoring 12-5.5 in the women’s pole vault.

Away from Baton Rouge, Johannes Klein And Korbin Shumate each ran personal bests in the 3,000-meter steep chase at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas.

Klein ran a 9:40.74 to finish fourth of the nine finishers, while Shumate clocked a 9:42.49 to finish sixth. Shumate’s time was 25 seconds better than his previous record.

NSU travels to Texas Tech for the final meet before the conference championships. The Corky/Crofoot Shootout is a two-day event starting Friday in Lubbock, Texas.