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NSU track and field team gear up for SLC championship meet
May 09, 2013 | 161 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With eight athletes that rank in the top three in the Southland Conference the Northwestern State men’s track and field team feels confident about its potential to succeed this weekend at the SLC Outdoor Championships as coach Leon Johnson and members of the team discussed at Tuesday’s media day held in the Stroud Room at NSU.

The SLC Outdoor Championships, hosted by McNeese State, are set to begin on Friday afternoon with the men’s and women’s hammer throw.

The Demons enter the weekend with the top two 100m sprinters, two of the top three 200m sprinters and the fastest 4x100 relay time. Leading the sprint group are veterans Kendal Taylor and Justin Walker and freshman Hanoj Carter.

Carter has posted the fastest 200m time in the Southland (20.62) and is second in the 100m (10.39), just .03 second behind Walker who leads the field with a time of 10.36.

“I am excited for my first outdoor conference meet,” said Carter. “I just plan to do my best and give it my all.”

Walker, who lost out on the 60m SLC Indoor title by just .004 second this year, has set his sights on the 100m title this weekend.

Taylor, a senior, is third in the 200m dash after recording a season-best time of 21.18.

Carter, Walker, Taylor and Gabriel White make up the 4x100 relay team that registered an SLC-best time of 40.08 this season.

With the top three triple jumpers in the Southland, the Demons hope to gain several points from their jumps group.

Twin brothers Aaron and Emmanuel Williams are No. 1 and 2 in the Southland with leaps of 51-04.25 and 50-09.50, respectively, while senior Wayne Douglas rounds out the top three with a mark of 50-06.25.

Emmanuel Williams has also posted a top three mark in the long jump, leaping for 24-08.25.

Freshman Lionel Ellison leads the high jumpers for NSU as he ranks third in the event after clearing a height of 6-09.

The Demons also have the potential for a top three performance in the 4x400. The team of Lawrence Jackson, Jarrod Charles, Dezrick Williams and Keenan Jackson currently ranks fourth with a time of 3:13.56.

The NCAA Regionals will be the next step for the Demons after the conference season ends. A precursor to the NCAA National Championships, the meet will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina from May 23-25.
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