Atlanta, GA – The Columbus State track and field teams competed in their toughest meet of the season participating in the Emory Invitational at the Emory Track and Field Complex in Atlanta.
The Lady Cougars had a good showing placing in third out of 14 teams. Emory won the event while Hope College finished in second.
Shan Crawford brought home two individual titles back to Columbus winning both the 100-meter and the 200-meter dashes. Crawford hit the NCAA Provisional time in the 100-meter dash crossing the line in 11.91 seconds. In the 200, Crawford crossed the line in 24.64 seconds.
Asha Alexander also placed in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Alexander was fourth in the 100 (12.45 seconds) and seventh in the 200 (26.83 seconds). LaQuita Daniel tied her career best mark in the 200-meter dash finishing in second place with a time of 25.39 seconds.
Daniel also performed well in the 400-meter dash winning the event with a time of 59.07 seconds. Zanquetta Smith finished third (1:00.72) for CSU.
The Lady Cougar 4x100-meter relay team won their second relay of the year with a season best time. The quartet of Smith, Daniel, Alexander and Crawford crossed the line in 46.87 seconds, over three seconds better than the second place team.
Renee Usher ran a career best time of 5:00.67 in the 1500-meter run and finished third.
In the field events, Chatil Bradford won the discus throw with a distance of 38.38 meters and finished fifth in the shot put (11.88 meters).
Marina DeFoor also finished in sixth place in the triple jump (10.08 meters).
On the men's side, the Cougars finished in sixth place with 14 teams competing in the event.
Freshman Kris Maragh keeps impressing as he broke the school's record in the 100-meter dash crossing the line in 10.91 seconds. He finished second in the event. In the 200-meter dash, Maragh had the quickest time of all competitors with a time of 22.50 seconds.
Jeremy Williams finished second in the 400-meter dash crossing the line in 49.24 seconds. Gerald Chichester also grabbed a top-five finish in the event finishing in fifth with a time of 50.19 seconds.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Maragh, Joshua Tolbert, Chichester and Williams finished in second place, just four hundredths of a second behind Concordia quartet with a time of 42.25.
In the 5000-meter run, Brandon Skiles brought home the title for the Cougars winning the event with a time of 16:05.75. Jacob Mobbs (16:22.46) finished in second while Ryan McFall (16:57.63) was fifth
In the javelin throw, sophomore Douglas Lynch set a new career best tossing the javelin 50.66 meters. Lynch finished in fifth place.
Jonathan Jones finished the high jump in second place for CSU with a distance of 1.87 meters.
Columbus State will travel right back to Atlanta next weekend as they compete in the Emory Classic beginning on Friday, March 30.