Strong ACCC contingent set for national indoor meet
Sophomore Postenea Louisjeune won two Region VI indoor track championships for Allen County Community College.
The ACCC track athletes competed in the 2010 Region VI/Jayhawk Conference Indoor Track Championship meet Feb. 19-21 in Manhattan. The Red Devils walked away with four individual event champion-ships and six Jayhawk Eastern Division event championships.
Allen County has 13 athletes primed and ready to participate in this weekend’s NJCAA National Indoor Track Champion-ships in Charleston, Ill.
Louisjeune was the lone double event champion for the Red Devils. She won the long jump with a personal-best leap of 18 feet, 6 inches, giving her both the Region VI and Jayhawk East titles.
Louisjeune, who stands second in the national junior college ranks, captured the high jump championships. She cleared the bar at 5’5”. Her best of the season is 5’61⁄2”.
Joining her with Region VI/Jayhawk East event championships for the ACCC women was sophomore Keytha Richards.
Richards claimed the regional title in the triple jump with a leap of 36’ 11⁄4”, which put her in the eighth spot in the national rankings. Right behind at the regional/conference meet was freshman Rackell Goldson.
Goldson was second with a distance of 36’ 1⁄4”.
Richards was the 2009 Jayhawk East long jump champion but finished fifth overall in this year’s event and third in the Jayhawk East at 17 feet. Goldson was ninth in the region and fifth in the Jayhawk East at 16’ 1⁄2”.
Angelica Larrier, a sophomore, repeated as the Jayhawk Eastern Division 60-meter champion. She ran the race in 7.63 seconds, taking second in Region VI. Larrier ranks fifth in the nation at that distance.
In other women’s results, freshman Amanda Smith ran 15th overall (fifth in Jayhawk East) in 27.13 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Goldson was 21st in 28.43 and freshman Akilah Threadgill was 23rd in
FRESHMAN Kyran Stewart claimed the Region VI/Jayhawk East championship in the 200 meters. Last year’s Jayhawk East champion sophomore Isiah Young finished second.
Stewart’s winning time was 21.94 seconds. Young took second in 22.00 while sophomore DeAndrea Simmons was fifth overall and fourth in the East in 22.22 seconds. Stewart is currently ranked 12th in the nation in the event. Young is 14th and D. Simmons is 21st nationally.
Defending Region VI champion, sophomore Cam-eron Parker, wasn’t able to defend his title. Floyd Ross of Barton County won the triple jump at 49’51⁄2” while Parker finished second at 49’11⁄2”.
Parker, who is out to defend his NJCAA national triple jump championship this weekend, did repeat as the Jayhawk East triple jump champion. Parker is currently ranked third in the nation at 51’ 1⁄4”.
Sophomore Jarrett Criddle was 10th overall and fourth in the East in the triple jump. His distance was 46’2”.
Freshman Trent Huling is the Jayhawk Eastern Division 400-meter champion. Huling ran the race in 49.91 seconds, which was fifth overall. Sophomore Abraham Walker was 13th overall and sixth in the East at 52.30 seconds.
In the 60-meter dash, Young finished second overall and in the conference in 6.76 seconds. Stewart was fourth overall and third in the East at 6.85, which was the same time as D. Simmons, who was fifth overall and fourth in conference.
Young is ranked fifth in the 60-meters going into the national meet. Stewart is tied for 12th and D. Simmons is 15th.
Sophomore Marwin Simmons took sixth overall and fourth in the East in the long jump. He had a leap of 22’101⁄2”.
The ACCC men’s 4×400-meter relay team of Huling, Walker and freshmen Bryant Terry and Kyrese Banks finished third in Region VI and second in Jayhawk East. The foursome’s time was 3 minutes, 23.82 seconds.
In the 600 meters, Terry ran 1:27.40 for 18th place overall and seventh in the East. Banks was 20th overall and eighth in the East in 1:28.11.
Freshman Brandon Forbes ran the 800-meters in 2:05.20 for 12th overall and eighth in the conference.
Freshman Justin Boyd ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.79 seconds for the 13th overall and sixth in the East. Olnel Virgil, a freshman, was 22nd overall and 12th in the East in 9.74 seconds.
Freshmen Julian Christina, DeAndre Speed and William Brown competed in the shot put.
Christian’s distance was 35’33⁄4” followed by Speed at 33’111⁄2” and Brown at 32’11” for 24th, 27th and 29th, respectively.
The ACCC men finished sixth as a team with 60 points in the Region VI race while the women were seventh with 50 points.
In the Jayhawk East team standings, the Red Devil men were fourth with 93 points and the women were fifth with 61.5 points.
The ACCC track team is coached by Clinton Fletcher and assistant Christa Baird.
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