The Commerce Journal


April 17, 2014

Rollins, Lee, Harris, Gary set 4x400m record again

COMMERCE — For the second time this season the team of John David Rollins, Dexter Lee, Anthony Harris and Adam Gary set a new school record.

The team broke the record they set just two weeks ago at the Texas Relays in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:10.45, which is over a second faster than their previous mark and improves their provisional qualification time.

That was only the start of new bests set for the Lions as eight athletes set new career bests on the afternoon. The Lions also came away with multiple top 10s and top fives.

John David Rollins was ninth in the 100m with a 10.51. That is a new career best for the junior in the 100m and also provisionally qualifies him for the NCAA Championships. His previous best was a 10.62 last season. Rollins set another personal best in the 200m with a 21.09. The time was fast enough for an eighth place finish and is seven-tenths faster than his previous best. Also the time puts on the provisional qualification list for the NCAA Championships.

Vanessa Jackson set a new fastest mark for the women in the 100m with her 12.10, beating the mark of Selasie Koto of 12.45 from earlier this season. Jackson’s time was fast enough to finish eighth. Koto was 16th in the 100m also. Jackson finished 11th in the 200m and missed the top 10 by thousandths of second.

Lee also set a new career best with his time of 48.29 in the 400m. That bests the freshman’s previous best by 0.04. McCradic established a new career best in the 800m with a 1:56.21. That beats his previous best by over a second. McCradic also posted a top 10 in the 1500m.

Luis Romero finished third in the 1500m and was another Lion to set a new personal best with his time of 3:54.89. The time is over three seconds faster than mark het posted last season.

Koto recorded a top 10 in the triple jump with a ninth place finish (11.14m). That is new career best for the freshman by 0.02m.

Gage Bowles set a new best in the triple jump with a 14.37m effort. Bowles finished 10th and bested his previous mark by 0.04m. In the long jump, Anthony Harris set a new personal best of 7.36m and bettered his provisional qualifying mark in the process.

James Lundy recorded top 10s in the high jump (fifth – 1.98m) and the Javelin (seventh – 46.55m). Daniel Dia was eighth (49.82m) in the discus for the Lions. The 49.82m effort for Dia is enough to get him provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships next month.  

K’Don Samuels broke the school record he set earlier this season in the pole vault by a less than a half a meter with a 5.07m mark. Samuels’ effort was good enough for a fourth place finish in the event.

The 4x400m relay team of Tyler Cottingham, Ashley Bassett, Broke Odom and Jackson finished 7th with a time of 3:55.27. That is two seconds off the fastest time of the season for the Lions. The men’s 4x100m relay team of Harris, Guy, Lee and Rollins finished ninth with a time of 41.40.

Freshman Lauren Peavy recorded her fourth straight top 10 finish in the High Jump with a ninth place finish (1.56m). Peavy has also recorded top 10s at every meet in the triple jump as well, including this week’s 10th place finish (10.82m). The 10.82m jump is a career high for the Tyler native.

In the throws Ashley Ross and Kebrina Hartfield recorded five top 10s among them. Ross was fourth (12.97m) in the shot put, sixth (46.98m) in the discus and seventh (46.17m) in the hammer. Ross’ effort in the shot put is enough to set a new career best. Ross’ distance in the discus is also a provisonal mark. Hartfield was eighth (12.22m) in the shot put and ninth (43.32m) in the hammer. Hartfield’s 43.32 in the hammer is a new career best.  

The Lions will be in action next at home for their only home meet of the season on April 19. This is the last meet for the Lions before the conference meet down in Kingsville on May 1-3.

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