UAPB Track & Field Snowden Leaps into Second-Consecutive Victory at J.D Martin Invitational

Joanna Arkansas

NORMAN, OK – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff men’s and women’s track & field teams both had another great weekend filled with some great performances at the J.D Martin Invitational.

The Lady Lions had a great showing at the J.D Invitational, posting great times and marks.

Starting the day off for the women would be junior sensation Safiya John, who leaped into a third-place finish in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.68 meters.

Jaylyn Hampton would help score team points with an eighth-place finish in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.53 meters.

Joanna Rodgers posted a blazingly fast, technique-based second-place finish in the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 58.84 seconds.

Also in a UAPB top to contribute to team points in the 400-meter dash was Leandria Elam, who finished in sixth place with a time of 62.03 seconds.

Taking the initiative heart to compete in the 3000-meter run was freshman Sarah Medcalf who continues to improve, clocking 11:27.83 to secure a seventh-place finish.

The goal for the women’s 4×400-meter relay is to compete so hard to be rewarded with a gold medal, and in Norman, Oklahoma, the Lady Lions would do so. Their 4:06.70 time would secure gold hardware to return to the Lion’s Den.

Over on the men’s side, the Golden Lions racked up a total of five top-five performances.

Stephen Lane continued to cruise in his lane with a third-place finish in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a solid time of 8.29 seconds.

Genesis Joseph and Rio Williams would finish behind one another in the men’s 800-meter run, with Joseph coming in fourth place with a time of 1:58.17 and Williams coming in hot behind Joseph, clocking 2:00.12 to secure fifth place.

The North Miami Senior High School freshman has been super consistent with his times for the Golden Lions. This week, Cody Brown’s sub-52 second sprint (51.98) helped him capture a bronze medal in the men’s 400-meter dash.

Also, from North Miami Senior High School, Caleb Snowden has been the talk of the town and soon to be the nation’s talk. After securing a first-place finish in the high jump last weekend at the Arkansas Invitational at 2.05 meters, Snowden raised the bar higher in Oklahoma to get up to 2.14 meters (7’0.25 feet) to clinch yet another gold medal finish and his second consecutive win in the men’s high jump.

After the women’s secured hardware in the women’s 4×400 meter relay, it was only right that the men’s relay team did so as well. Crossing the finish line at 3:26.85, the men would secure third place to take home a bronze medal.


The Golden Lions track & field teams will travel north to Pittsburg, Kansas, to compete in the Wendy’s Pittsburg State Invitational. The competition will take place at the Robert W. Plaster Center.