UAPB Track and Field Concludes Competition At Little Rock Open

UAPB will celebrate National Student Athlete Day on April 10.
Little Rock, Ark. – A round of thunderstorms in the central Arkansas area forced a premature end to the Little Rock Invitational on Saturday, but not before both the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff men’s and women’s track teams put forth strong showings in the finals.

The Lady Lions dominated the field events, led by senior Keziann Jones’ first-place finishes in the shot put and hammer throw, and held their own on the track to garner runner-up honors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Coleman Sports Complex.

The University of Central Arkansas won the women’s division with 169 points, followed by UAPB with 147. The host team came in third with 130 points. The Golden Lions also came in second to UCA in the men’s division, with the Bears finishing with a meet-high 162 points. UAPB ended with 103 points while UALR had 91.

But it was the Lady Lions who set the tone a day earlier in the hammer. UAPB took four of the top five spots in the event, with Jones winning with a toss of 54.52 meters.  Senior Sabrina Hollins grabbed second (47.49), junior Jasmine Stewart was fourth (41.28), and freshman Joelle Stewart landed fifth (39.65).

The Lady Lions then gobbled up the first three spots and four of the top five in the discus Saturday, spurred by Hollins’ winning throw of 44.59 meters.  Joelle Stewart was second (39.47), Jones pulled in third (37.84) and Jasmine Stewart seized fifth (32.78).

The ladies later went one through five in the shot put, carried by Jones’ heave of 13.73 meters. Stewart ended second (12.89), Hollins was third (12.80), freshman Safiya John placed fourth (10.84) and Jasmine Stewart came in fifth (9.87).

John also won the javelin (42.48 meters), with Jones coming behind her to snatch second (40.09) and sophomore Cedreahna Kennedy clamping down the No. 5 spot (28.14).

UAPB also represented well in the running events. Sophomore Arjai Johnson landed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.86 seconds. Junior Camiya Knight finished fourth in the 400 meters (58.34). Sophomore Camerra Daley took home fifth place in the 100 meters (12.82) and classmate Je-Risa James notched third in the 800 meters (2:19.15).

Not to be outdone, the Golden Lion men had several solid performances as well, with first-place performances in the long jump (Travis Bibbs) with a leap of 24 2 ½ and hammer (Miles Dortch)with a distance of 159’3″.

Additionally, Bibbs, a senior, eked out third in the 100 meters (11.11). Dortch, also a senior, was fifth in the javelin (48.78 meters).  Gregory King and Arius Ofum captured second and third in both the shot put (12.31 meters, 11.20 meters) and discus (36.32 meters, 35.70 meters), then nailed down third and fourth in the hammer (35.66 meters, 23.55 meters).

Junior Rodney Griffin scrapped to a third-place finish in the 400 (48.61) and senior Shevon Phipps’ jump of 6-6 was good enough for second in the high jump.  Senior Laurel Heath finished second in the 1,500 meters (4:01.49), with junior Wade Garner coming in third (4:02.48).