Livingstone College

Blue Bears Win Three Events at Niswonger Invitational

By Bianca Warren
Sports Information Director

The Livingstone College track and field teams traveled to East Tennessee State University to compete in the annual Niswonger Invitational and ran away with three event wins after the two day event.

On the men’s side Justin Avery was able to post a time of 21.83 in the prelims to go into the finals in second place. In the finals Avery was able to become the first place competitor after knocking off all of the other 86 competitors in the event. Avery’s time of 21.69 is an indoor personal best. Based on the NCAA oversize track conversions his time has been converted to 22.08 but still makes him the 10th best NCAA Division II championships qualifier. The NCAA Indoor Championships will be held on March 14-15 at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Avery also was able to post a time of 49.46 to match his indoor school record but in the finals finished in a time of 49.64 to place 2nd overall amongst 60 total competitors.

Freshman Tollis Johnson posted a top 20 time of 7.13 in the 60m dash. A new personal best of 7.18 was run by Freshman Dajon Wise to also finish in the top 50 percentile. Wise also ran an indoor personal best in the 200m with a time of 23.04 to finish in the top 50 percentile along with Otis Tisdale (23.00), and William Tatum (23.17) respectively.
In the 800 meters Antonio Washington posted a season’s best, 2:00.71 to place 5th in the collegiate section. The A team of Avery, Tisdale, Washington, and Ilyas Franklin were able to finish with a 6th place time of 3:23.86 in the 4 x 400m relay.

For the field events Sophomore Garland Archie was able to post a personal best of 14.13m in the shot put to finish seventh overall.

The Blue Bears men’s team finished ninth overall amongst 31 teams scoring 27 points.

For the Women Quanera Hayes continues to shine by being able to stay undefeated in the 400 meters. Hayes posted the fasted time in the prelims of 55.58 but was able to come back in a big way in the finals to run a season’s second best of 54.27. Hayes currently has the NCAA DII fasted time; an oversize track converted 54.72 which is 1.99 seconds faster than the next best competitor in DII. Hayes also posted the fasted prelim time of 24.25 in the 200 meters and came back with a 23.99 for her second event win beating 106 other competitors.

Senior AnnaKay Edwards was able to finish with a season’s best 2:21.56 in the Seeded 800 to finish 11th overall.
Edwards also ran a top 50 percentile time of 1:00.60 in the 400m finishing 30th.

The Lady Blue Bears finished 13th out of 24 teams with a score of 20 points.

Livingstone Track & Field will return to action on January 19th at the WSSU Invitational at the JDL Fast Track.

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