Cameron Parker started where he left off as NJCAA Indoor triple jump champion last March. The Allen County Community College sophomore opened defense of his title with a win at last weekend’s University of Nebraska Holiday Inn Invitational.
In Lincoln, Parker won the seeded triple jump with a leap of 51 feet, 1/4 inch. That’s shy of his own ACCC record of 51’ 10 1/2 inches set last March at the NJCAA championships.
According to ACCC assistant track coach Christa Baird, Parker beat the NCAA and Big 12 Conference triple jumpers in the competition. Parker’s mark qualified him for the NJCAA national meet this March.
Sophomore Isiah Young claimed the gold in the 60-meter dash in 6.80 seconds. Young’s winning time qualified him for the national meet also. Kryon Stewart placed sixth in the 60-meter dash in 6.95 seconds.
Allen County had two sophomore women qualify for the national meet in the Red Devils first indoor meet of the season. Both will make return trips to the nationals.
Postenea Louisjeune posted qualifying marks in both the high jump and long jump. Her high jump height of 5’6 1/2” took third at Nebraska and set an ACCC indoor record.
Louisjeune placed fifth at the meet in the long jump. She had a leap of 17’9 1/2”. She went to the 2009 nationals in both events.
Angelica Larrier qualified in the 60-meter dash. She placed fifth in 7.82 seconds. Larrier also competed in the 200-meter dash.
Also competing in the 200-meter dash for the ACCC women were Amanda Smith and Rackell Goldson. Smith and Crystal Jerome ran in the 400-meter dash.
Goldson and Akilah Threadgill were in the women’s unseeded long jump event.
Jarrett Criddle took second place in the men’s unseeded long jump with a leap of 22’1 1/2”. Criddle was third in the men’s unseeded triple jump with a distance of 45’3 3/4”.
Keith Bateman failed to mark in the two events. As did Marwin Simmons in the seeded long jump.
Justin Boyd placed 16th in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.74 seconds. John Thurston, Abraham Walker, Antonio Burnett and Trent Huling competed in the 400-meter dash.
Kyrese Banks placed 12th in the 600-yard run in 1 minute, 15.48 seconds. Brandon Forbes was 29th in 1:18.10 and Jean Frenot was 35th in 1:20.13.
Banks also took 21st in the 800-meter run in 2:03.55 followed by Forbes in 38th, 2:08.96, Bryant Terry in 39th, 2:09.63 and Frenot in 40th, 2:09.71.
The Red Devil men’s 4 x 400-meter relay team of Terry, Burnett, Walker and Thurston placed 10th in 3:24.69. The team of M. Simmons, Young, Stewart and DeAndre Simmons placed 14th in 3:28.59.
Allen County’s athletes travel to Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend for the Razorback Invitational.
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