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Running & Jumping

As of right now, FIU's down the standings at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Champoinships, sixth in the women's points and eighth in the men's. So, here's a quick run down of point-getters in addition to those mentioned in previous posts.

In the women's long jump, senior Marissa McElveen 19 feet, 8 1/4 inches to finish fourth by a half-inch behind South Alabama's Briana Aiken. Junior Tyson Kemp heaved the shot 51 feet, 5 3/4 inches to finish eighth.

FIU's women got five points from a fourth place finish in the 4,000 distance medley. Senior Tai' Hsia Canady, sophomore Desmika White, senior Samia Adan and junior Krystal Francis ran a 12:13.78.

In the events with Sunday prelims, FIU dominated the women's 400 with two heat winners and three of the eight finalists. Junior Lashae White won her heat with the fastest prelim time of 55.50. Senior Lakeisha Kelley took heat five in 56.87, the third best prelim time. Senior Nia Anderson's 58.19 got her in the finals party at No. 8.

Kelly, White and senior T'Keyah Dumoy all made the 200 final with Dumoy (24.67) and Kelley (24.69) second and third, resepectively, behind Arkansas State's Sharika Nelvis. Nelvis set a track record with a stunning 23.88. The distance from Nelvis to Dumoy, 0.79 of a second, tripled the distance from Dumoy to the slowest qualifier, 0.20 of a second. Let's see if she can crank that again in the final.

Senior Desmond McGill's 6.552 in the 55 meters got him into the final by a breath -- seventh was Middle Tennessee State's Noah Akwu in 6.555, eighth was North Texas' Johnny Hickman in 6.57. Just on the outside were Arkansas State's Raymond Jackson and Louisiana-Monroe's Brandon Wilson in 6.60.

Desmika White came into the women's 800 meters with the fastest time in the Sun Belt this season, but finished second in the slowest of the four heats with a 2:17.97. Adan finished second in her heat also, but in 2:17.38, eighth fastest and good enough to get into the final. The four heat winners and the next five best times got into the final.



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