The Southeastern Lion Invitational will kick off on Thursday at 3 o’clock with the men’s and women’s hammer throw while the rest of the events will take place on Friday starting at 10:30 a.m. with the javelin throw.
Competing alongside NSU and SLU will be teams from Dillard, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Loyola (New Orleans), McNeese State, Mississippi College, Nicholls State, New Orleans, Southern Miss., Spring Hill and Tulane.
Qualifying standards are in place for LSU’s annual Alumni Gold meet as some of the nation’s best athletes are expected to compete on Saturday at the Bernie Moore Track Complex.
The Demons will be led by eight athletes who currently rank in the top five in the Southland in their respective events.
Hanoj Carter, Justin Walker and Kendal Taylor will lead the men’s sprint group this weekend after taking last Saturday off.
Carter, a freshman, is atop the 200m standings after posting a time of 20.62 at the Jim Mize Invitational on March 16. He also ranks second in the 100m with a time of 10.39 and is a member of the No. 1 4x100 relay of Walker, Taylor and Perry that ran a 40.37 at the Jim Mize Invitational.
Walker, a junior, is No. 1 in the 100m rankings after crossing the finish line in 10.36 at the Skechers/SFA Alumni Invitational on April 6.
Taylor stands at third on the 200m performance list with a time of 21.18. The senior is also tied for eighth in the 100m, clocking in at 10.62.
The Demon jumpers have dominated against conference opponents, earning the top three spots in the triple jump as well as the second best long jump and high jump marks.
Sophomore Aaron Williams leads the triple jumpers after leaping 51-04.25 at the Bobcat Invitational on March 28. His brother, Emmanuel, is No. 2 in the triple jump with a mark of 50-09.50 and senior Wayne Douglas, who will not compete this weekend, stands in third with a mark of 50-06.25.
Emmanuel Williams is also No. 2 in the long jump after posting a leap of 24-08.50 at the Jim Mize Invitational.
Lionel Ellison, a freshman, turned in his best jump of the season last weekend at the McNeese Springtime Classic, clearing 6-09 and tying the second-best mark in the SLC.
The Lady Demons also have several athletes ranked in the top five in the Southland, including standout Janae Allen who is in the top two in all three of the events.
Allen, a senior, leads the discus standings with a mark of 165-03 from the McNeese Cowboy Relays. She is also No. 2 in the shot put (46-10.75) and the hammer throw (177-01).
Junior Shakemia Johnson and freshman Rechelle Bessard are also ranked in the top three in the discus with Johnson in second at 156-02 and Bessard in third at 150-06.
Redshirt sophomore Jessica Talley registered her best mark of the season last weekend in the javelin, throwing for a conference-best mark of 157-09.
The Lady Demons triple jumpers have been dominant as well, taking the top two spots in the conference. Sophomore Jerrica Tillery sits at No. 1 after clearing 40-00.50 last weekend in just her second meet of the outdoor season. Sarah Jones, a senior, is second in the standings with a leap of 39-10.50.
Karensa Ellis is the frontrunner for the women’s distance squad, ranking No. 4 in the 800m and 1500m. The senior ran a personal-best 800m time of 2:14.99 at the Bobcat Invitational and a season-best 4:42.24 in the 1500m at the UTA Bobby Lane Invitational on March 22.
The NSU squads will take next weekend off before heading to Huntsville, Texas on Thursday, May 2 to compete in the Sam Houston Twilight Meet.