UAPB Track & Field Finished Strong on Day Two of SWAC Indoor Championships

Track and Field

BIRMINGHAM, AL- The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff men’s and women’s track and field team finished strong on their final day of competition at the Southwestern Athletic Conference Indoor Championships Thursday at the Birmingham Crossplex. Both squads finished in the top five overall, with the men placing fourth place with 90 points, and the women finished third with a total of 90.5 points.

On the men’s side, freshman Stephen Lane had an impressive performance as he finished third with a time of 8.50, followed by junior Franklyn Stanislaus, who finished fifth with a time of 8.71.

In the 4x400m relay, juniors Romario and Akeem Marshall, Lane, and senior Wade Garner finished second with a time of 3:19.07. Akeem Marshall placed fourth in the 800m run with a time of 1:58.79.

In the field events, freshman Caleb Snowden made his debut in the SWAC Conference and clinched first place in the high jump with a leap of 2.05m.

In the weight throw competition, UAPB had three student-athletes to finish in the top-four. Junior Danniel Bailey claimed the top spot in the weight throw competition with an impressive launch of 16.73m, followed by sophomore Deandre Fyffe placing third with a distance of 16.26m, and junior Mykhel Oppon Kuntu Oppon placed fourth with a throw of 15.17m.

In the triple jump, senior Rudy Alvarez finished fifth with a leap of 13.82m.

On the women’s side, sophomore Safiya John claimed her first individual title of the 2021 indoor championship in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.64, followed by junior Jyzmin Gray, who placed second with a time of 8.71.

Sophomore Jada Sabir blazed the track as she finished second in the women’s 400m dash with a time of 57.02. Senior JeRisa James finished third in the women’s 800m run with a time of 2:21.04.

Freshman Tatyana McKenzie finished fifth in the women’s 200m dash with a time of 24.98. In the 4x400m relay, Sabir, McKenzie, sophomore Caitlin Ragoonanan, junior Katrina Small finished second with a time of 3:53.85.

In the field events, John placed third in the long jump competition with a leap of 5.67m. Small won the women’s triple jump with a winning distance of 12.10m, followed by Caitlin Ragoonanan, who placed fourth with a distance of 11.85m.

In the weight throw competition, junior Joelle Stewart placed fourth with a throw of 15.75m.