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Track & Field: Louisiana's Courtois Qualifies For NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
New Iberia native finishes fifth overall; action continues on Thursday
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Junior Cole Courtois secured his place in next month's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the men's pole vault to lead the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns during the first day of the NCAA East Preliminary on Wednesday at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium.
Courtois, a 2019 All-American, finished fifth overall in the event after clearing the bar at 17-6 ½ - his best mark in a Ragin' Cajuns uniform and less than an inch off his personal-best (17-7 ¼) set in 2018. The New Iberia, La., native qualified for next month's NCAA Track and Field Championships, scheduled for June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.
Louisiana's Yves Cherubin advanced to the quarterfinals in the men's 110-meter hurdles after clocking a time of 13.73 seconds and finishing 12th overall in the preliminaries.
Chandler Mixon finished 28th overall in the men's pole vault (16-4 ¾) for Louisiana with John Joseph (23-4 ¾) finishing 32nd in the men's long jump with Obdarius Ware finishing 35th (23-4 ½).
Brock Appiah, who qualified in both the 100-meters and 200-meters, finished 32nd in the 100 (10.37) and 37th in the 200 (21.19) with Nathan Fergusson placing 26th overall in the men's 400-meter hurdles (51.73).
Action continues on Thursday with Maria Bienvenu and Claire Meyers competing in the women's javelin at 12:30 p.m. CT. Serenity Rogers will compete in the women's 100-meter hurdles at 5 p.m. CT with Kiana Foster and Ta'La Spates competing in the 100-meter dash at 6 p.m., with Foster also looking to advance in the women's 200-meters at 7:45 p.m. CT.
Live results and a live video stream of the four-day meet will be available at RaginCajuns.com.
The NCAA East Preliminary is one of two opening round competitions of the NCAA Track and Field Championships with the West Preliminary happening simultaneously in College Station, Texas.
The top 12 performers in each event and top six relay teams from each Preliminary meet will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.
LOUISIANA AT NCAA EAST PRELIMINARY
May 27 (all times Central)
12:30 p.m. – Maria Bienvenu (Women's javelin), Claire Meyers (Women's javelin)
5 p.m. – Serenity Rogers (Women's 100-meter hurdles)
6 p.m. – Kiana Foster (Women's 100-meter dash), Ta'La Spates (Women's 100-meter dash)
7:45 p.m. – Kiana Foster (Women's 200-meter dash)
12 p.m. – Rylan Theyard (Men's high jump)
2:15 p.m. – John Joseph (Men's triple jump)
4:30 p.m. – Men's 4x100-meter relay (Trejun Jones, Terroll Jolla, Jamhad Booth, Brock Appiah, Warrick Baker – alt, Obdarius Ware – alt)
5:45 p.m. – Yves Cherubin (Men's 110-meter hurdles - Quarterfinals)
12 p.m. – Frankie Griffin (Women's high jump)
12:30 p.m. – Brooklynne Wilson (Women's discus)
4:30 p.m. – Women's 4x100-meter relay (Kennedy London, Ta'La Spates, Serenity Rogers, Kiana Foster, Johneisha George – alt)
5:45 p.m. – Women's 100-meter hurdles (Quarterfinals)
6:05 p.m. – Women's 100-meter dash (Quarterfinals)
7:10 p.m. – Women's 200-meter dash (Quarterfinals)
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