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Track & Field: Cajuns Turn In Solid Effort At Samford Invitational

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Sprinter Hanoj Carter recorded a season-best time in the men’s 200-meter dash while Stanley Limoh and Matt Rice posted the top two times in the men’s Mile Run among Sun Belt Conference to lead the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns track and field team at the Samford Invitational on Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.
Tristan Whitehall and Taylor Walker each recorded first-place performances in their respective events as Louisiana made its final tuneup before competing at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 20-21 at the same venue.
 Carter clocked a time of 21.23 seconds to claim the event and get to within .13 seconds of his indoor personal-best time (21.10) set at the 2016 SBC Indoor Meet. Limoh posted the best time in the Mile Run in the SBC this season after he finished fifth overall at 4:08.30, with Rice following in sixth (4:09.52).
 John Paul Bergeron clocked a time of 1:55.95 in the men’s 800-meter run to finish eighth overall for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
 Whitehall recorded a throw of 55-3 on his first attempt to claim the men’s shot put title. The Ragin’ Cajuns notched a pair of second-place finishes in the men’s high jump as Dionte Heath and freshman Damon Guidry each cleared 6-10 ¾ on their final attempt to post the second-best mark among SBC athletes.
 In the men’s pole vault, Kyle Baudoin finished third overall after clearing the bar at 16-10 ¾. Teammate Matt Wilson earned an eighth-place finish in the pole vault (14-9) for the Ragin’ Cajuns with Richard Delphin finishing 10th overall in the weight throw (54-6 ¾).
 Walker claimed the women’s triple jump title after she posted a mark of 40-2 on her final attempt. Meredith Driskell earned a second-place finish (12-5 ½) in the women’s pole vault for Louisiana with Alexa Johnson finishing seventh (11-7 ¾).
Kayla Thompson posted a pair of top-10 finishes for Louisiana, finishing seventh overall in the 60-meter dash (7.77) and ninth in the 200-meters (25.36). Lindsay LaGarde finished sixth overall in the women’s Mile Run, crossing the finish line in 5:04.60.