Troy State records 18 top three finishes in New Orleans

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 13, 2001

NEW ORLEANS, La. ­ The Troy State men and women’s track teams had 18 top three finishes and set four school records at the New Orleans Invitational this past Saturday.

The women’s 4x100m relay team consisting of Ursula Lumpkin, Toya Lewis, Melissa Dailey, and Sharmeka Barnes ran a time of 47.09 placing them first in a strong field

Lumpkin, a freshman, erased a 16-year-old school record in the 400m, running a time of 55.64, good enough to place her 2nd.

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Lumpkin also anchored the 4x400m relay team, which finished third with a time of 3:57.8.

Lewis, a sophomore sprinter, won both the 100m (12.00) and the 200m (24.26), the latter being a new school record.

Barnes time of 12.3 was good enough to place her 3rd in the 100m.

Coach Bob Lambert was pleased with the performances both on and off the track.

"Toya and Ursula really hammered out some great times in the sprints, and Takia had a big day in the throws," Lambert said. "Charles Thomas was a pleasant surprise in the hammer throw, and Lynch came out of nowhere in the 1500m (4:53)."

"It sure was a lot more fun than last week’s rain storm at Albany State."

Sophomore Takia Shoats had a good day in the field events winning the Shot Put with a throw of 40’2", placed second in the discuss throw (123’10"), and third in the hammer throw (128’08").

Senior Melissa Dailey finished second in the 400m hurdles (1:06.1), third in the 100m High Hurdles 15.14, sixth in the Long Jump (17’7") and 12th in the Javelin (85’10").

Freshman Sherion Taylor won the women’s triple jump with a jump of 38’11" also breaking a four-year school record.

Taylor also placed 12th in the long jump (16’3.25")

Leading the way for the men’s team was Michael Green winning the 1500m with a time of 3:53.47 and setting a new stadium record.

Green also ran the 800m placing fifth with a time of 1:55.63.

Sophomore Chris Brongel placed third in the Javelin (180′), and fourth in the high jump (6′.75"). Junior Desmond Newton had a strong showing in the 400m hurdles placing second with a time of (56.12).