UAPB Track and Field John and Snowden Continue to Dominate Field Events at the Wendy’s Pittsburg State Invite


PITTSBURG, KS – In week three of the season, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff men’s and women’s track & field teams continued to improve in competition at the Wendy’s Pittsburg State Invitational at the Robert W. Plaster Center.

In the women’s weight throw, Joelle Stewart started throwing over the 15-meter mark with her first throw at 15.20 meters. With a good start in the competition, Stewart knew her canon had more potential left to give. She launched the weight throw for 15.43 meters in her third attempt to secure a fourth-place finish.

Over in the women’s shot put, Deonmonique Granville secured a fifth-place finish with a throw of 12.50 meters.

In the women’s long jump, Safiya John had a great season opener a couple of weeks ago at the Arkansas Invitational, soaring over the six-meter mark with a first-place finish to make a statement. In a suitable environment at Pittsburg State, John knew the assignment and locked in. In her third attempt, John tucked and extended into the sand with a fair jump to land a mark of 5.99 meters to secure first place, passing on her last two attempts.

John then prepared for competition in the women’s 60-meter hurdles prelims with gold under her belt already on the day. Firing out of the blocks, John qualified for the final with a time of 8.55 seconds. In the finals, coming out of the blocks more aggressively and attacking the first hurdle, John would cross the finish line with a silver medal with a time of 8.42 seconds.

Over on the men’s side, Stephen Lane continues to progress in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. Lane’s fourth-place prelim finish with a time of 8.17 seconds helped him qualify for the finals. Lane would place fourth in the final as well, with a time of 8.22 seconds.

With two gold medals so far in the year, Caleb Snowden has been an outstanding asset to the Arkansas-Pine Bluff track & field team, but this guy can’t get enough of winning. Two jumps would win Snowden’s third consecutive gold medal, this time leaping a height of 2.05 meters to continue his undefeated season.



The Golden Lions track & field will travel north to Southern Illinois to compete in the Don De Noon Invitational, which will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Southern Illinois University Recreation Center.