Gumbs wins gold on second day of SLC Championships

Gumbs wins gold on second day of SLC Championships
Gumbs wins gold on second day of SLC Championships

By: Jonathon Zenk, Assistant Director of Communications

HOUSTON—Djimon Gumbs earned his third gold medal in the shot put in as many years, doing so on the second day of the Southland Conference championships Friday on the campus of Rice University.

Gumbs, a senior, made it three-for-three in shot medal golds, tossing a 62-0 to win the event in a tough battle.

Outside of his fouled throw on attempt No. 3, he improved his distance each toss, culminating with the 62-0. Four of his throws would have won the competition.

He was one of three NSU athletes to score in the men’s shot put, as he was joined by twin brothers Diamond Gumbs (56-4), who finished fourth, and Justin Craft (52-9.75), who placed sixth.

Craft’s throw was a personal best. In ninth place, he came through with his clutch toss on his final attempt to vault into sixth place.

Tarajh Hudson tied for eighth with a throw of 51-11.25 but finished ninth in the standings due to UIW’s Christian Gomez recording a better second-best toss.

“Everyone competed very hard and I’m very happy with the effort that was given,” head coach Mike Heimerman he said. “I’m very proud of this group and we have a lot of kids competing tomorrow in a lot of events.”
On the women’s side, Shakera Williams earned the silver medal, but lost the gold in a heartbreaker.

Carnitra Mackey (45-3.25), Ianna Roach (44-6.25) and Shakera Kirk (42-11.25) all scored points for NSU in the women’s shot put as well, placing fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

Williams led throughout the entire event and went into the final throw with the gold within reach, tossing to 47-5.25. But McNeese’s Jaslyn Russell posted a 47-5.75 on her final toss to win the event by one centimeter.

McNeese leads the women’s team standings with 103 points. NSU is in second place with 70.

Raven-Symone Jarrett maintained second place to earn the silver in the women’s heptathlon, thanks to a big throw in the javelin. Down to his final throw and sitting in the middle of the pack in the event, Jarrett came through with a massive personal best of 118-3 to finish first in the event and solidify his spot on the podium.

Abria Paul narrowly missed points for NSU in the women’s heptathlon, but she tossed a personal-best 117-7 in the women’s javelin, which was the top distance before Jarrett’s big toss.

In the men’s decathlon, Tim Pelkmans finished sixth-place finish, posting 5295 points.

Joining Jarrett with a silver of her own is Sanaria Butlerwho found the podium in the women’s long jump.

Butler finished fifth in the event last season but came back and grabbed silver with a jump of 19-8.25.

She was one of three Lady Demons in the top five, as Samari Finney (19-6.75) and Jaslyn Smith (19-2.25) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

Andrew Gilreath recorded points in the men’s long jump, finishing fourth with a 25-0.

On the track, NSU has five who advanced to the women’s 400-meter dash, led by Maygan Shaw’s 53.04. Shaw finished first and was immediately followed by Butler (53.12) and Vanessa Balde (53.63), who finished second and third.

The participants in the finals were rounded out by Tranasia Jones (54.51) and Samari Finney (54.71), who finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

On the men’s side, the Demons advanced three to the finals in the 400.

Cyrus Jacobs ran at 47.16 to lead the way in the prelims. Jaysaun Smith (47.65) and Desmond Duncan (47.68) each ran a personal best to finish fourth and fifth.

Mikkel Johansson also clocked a personal best, running a 47.99 to place 14th out of the 25 competitors.

Both the men and the women had two reach the finishes in the 100-meter dash.

On the men’s side, Zachaeus Beard and Keontae Gainestwo of the best in the nation, reached the finals with both placing in the top four in the prelims.

Beard clocked at 10.29, while Gaines ran at 10.53. Tavis Wilson (10.66) placed 12th and Johansson (10.90) finished 16th.

On the women’s side, Lynell Washington came in second with a time of 11.84. Victoria Byrd (11.95) placed fifth to also advance to the finals.

While Sileena Farrell (12.18) did not advance to the finals, but she did post a season best and place 10th.

Balde dominated the field in the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a 13.52 to place first. Symone-Jarrett (14.41) placed fifth to advance.

Jessica Pitcher narrowly missed the finals, running a 14.85 to finish ninth.

On the men’s side, Taj Morris He also reached the finals, running a 14.16 in the 110-meter hurdles, coming in third out of 13.

“The sprinters put on a show,” Heimerman said. “Qualifying so many athletes into the finals was great, including five in the women’s 400. They had to run into headwinds, which makes it tougher.”

To wrap up the evening, John Klein (9:36.40) and Korbin Shumate (9:37.47) scored points for the Demons in the 3000-meter steeplechase, placing sixth and seventh, respectively.

Brian Norton placed 12th in the men’s 800-meter run, clocking at 1:54.57. Evan Wilson (2:02.21) finished 32n.d..

Thanks to jumps and distance runners, UIW leads the men’s team standings with 110 points. NSU is second with 46.

The competition wraps up Saturday, as the first meet begins at noon with the women’s discus.

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