Aldredge has won at McNeese, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas-Arlington, with her 165-9 throw last week at UTA ranking as the second-best in school history and seventh nationally this season. She will compete in the A-division field alongside defending NCAA champion Brittany Borman of Oklahoma and many other top-ranked throwers on Friday morning at 9:30.
NSU has won the university men’s 4x400 relay crown each of the last two years and despite 2011 senior Michael Green’s departure, coach Leon Johnson is hopeful his quartet can qualify for Saturday afternoon’s final. Three freshmen (D.J. Beyette, Travis Plumb and Keenan Jackson) join veteran Kendal Taylor for the Demons in qualifying Friday morning.
Demons triple jumper Wayne Douglas could contend, along with 110 meter hurdler P.J. Bennett. Johnson believes the 4x100 relay team can reach the Saturday finals. Trey Hatton, Karllis Perry, Taylor and Jackson will run, and also will line up in the 4x200 relay. If Perry can’t start due to a nagging injury, Quincy Davison will step into his spot.
NSU will also run in the 4x800 with Beyette, Lawrence Jackson, Plumb and Antoine Cobbins taking the track. Davison and Hatton met the meet qualifying standard for the 100 meter dash, with Bennett and freshman Brent Giddens making it into the 110 meter hurdles field, and Giddens qualifying to compete in the 400 meter hurdles.
Lady Demons coach Mike Heimerman is aiming for school record marks in the women’s 4x400 relay, with Quiana Griffin, Constance Seibles, Lawana Perkins and Consuela Lindsay taking aim on a sub 3:40 mark. Lindsay broke a 14-year-old NSU record in the 400 meter hurdles two weeks ago at 1:01.22 and hopes to run under a minute this week.
The Northwestern women will have Ali Fontenot running the 3000 meter steeplechase Thursday night while Angelica Kotun will compete in the 100 and as part of the 4x200 relay team. Janae Allen may be ready for a personal best of over 160 feet in the discus on Saturday in a competition headlined by former Lady Demon Trecey Rew Hoover, the 2011 NCAA discus champion. Twenty NSU competitors will take part in one of the country’s most prestigious annual collegiate meets.