By Shanthamoi R. Brown/Clarion News
LAWRENCE, Kansas – The Lincoln University track team participated at the Bob Timmons Challenge on Dec. 4, 2021 at Kansas University. There were several great performances for the Blue Tigers season opener.
In the men’s 60m hurdles, Rashane Bartlett finished fourth, and was able to clock a qualifying time of 8.23 seconds. In the women’s 60m Lincoln had two places in the top five, with Ray-Donna Lee placing fourth and Monea Carey fifth. In the men’s 60m freshman Tasrico Bell stopped the clock at a qualifying time of 6.81 seconds to finished second overall. Jamar Treasure finished third overall and Shemar Fletcher fourth overall to round up the top five finishes for the Blue Tiger men.
In the women’s 400m, Maria Diamond won overall with a qualifying time of 56.02 seconds and Jameka Mannings finished second overall with a time of 56.48 seconds.
Lincoln had two places in the top five for the men’s 400m, with Reuben Nichols finishing second overall with a time of 49.17 seconds and Shanthamoi Brown’s 49.47 seconds which was good enough to place fifth overall.
Kelly-Ann Beckford and Chrisanni May gave Lincoln a quinella in the women’s 800m and in the men’s 800m, Kewani Campbell and Stavin Brown were second and third overall on the day. Lincoln managed to grab the top four spots in the women’s 200m. Placing in order from first to fourth, Shantae George, Monea Carey, Aliyah George, and Nehlia Mills.
The men’s section was similar to that of the females, as Lincoln took the top five spots in the 200m. Placing in order from first to fifth, Fletcher, Nichols, Treasure, Bell and DauJaughn Murray. The field events were just as impressive as the track.
Kizan David leaped out to a qualifying mark in the triple jump with 14.96m. David also leaped out to 7.08m in the men’s long jump and Bell managed 7.07m. Women’s triple jump Annalisa Barclay leaped out to 11.60m and Mills managed 10.21m.
In the closing event of the meet the Blue Tiger quartet of Beckford, May, Diamond, and Mannings ran a qualifying time of 3:43.74 seconds in the 4x400m, while in the men’s 4x400m the quartet of Brown, Nichols, Fletcher, and Campbell was good enough to place third with a time of 3:15.82 seconds.
Coach Victor Thomas shared his thoughts about the meet. “It was OK, based on the track, it was OK,” Thomas said. “Nobody got hurt and that is the greatest thing on the day.”