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Feb 2, 2013 9:56 AM by UL Sports Information

UL Track Fares Well Again At McNeese Indoor Meet

Continued success in field events was the theme of the Ragin' Cajuns men's and women's track and field squad's outing at the Jeff Davis McNeese indoor meet here Friday evening on the McNeese campus.

Louisiana had Top 3 finishers in women's triple jump (Jasmin Fusilier, Tarvia Conway, Ta'Shania Bean) and Top 2 finishers in women's long jump (Tia Mitchell and Ta'Shania Bean).

Meredith Driskell matched her indoor school record for pole vault, Devin Davis led all competitors in long jump for the second straight week and senior O'Daylon Thibeaux picked up his first triple jump title of the 2013 season.

Michael Vani came away as the top collegian in pole vault once again, only this time he took home first place.

Head coach Lon Badeaux departed the Ralph O. Ward Recreation Complex in Lake Charles pleased with his team's performance as the indoor campaign crossed the halfway point of the schedule.

"We pretty much accomplished all of our goals at the meet," Badeaux stated. "We improved nicely in the jumps and throws and we were pretty successful with the people we did take out on to the track.

"It was nice to see Kenneth Nassar open up in the shot put," Badeaux added. "He's going to be a big help on the men's side."

Fusilier notched her season-best leap in triple jump on the way to a first place finish for the second straight week. Her leap of 12.01m/39-5 was a significant improvement from the 11.86m/38-11 at Arkansas State. Fusilier increased her total number of first place finishes this season to three (claimed long jump and triple jump at Arkansas State on Jan. 25).

Conway followed in second place at 11.67m/38-3 ½ and Bean was third at 11.65m/38-2 ¾. The Cajuns trio was dominate as the fourth place finisher, Incarnate Word's Edohoukwa, Elizabeth, was a full foot behind Bean's mark.

Mitchell also used a season-best leap to claim top honors in the women's long jump. She notched a distance of 5.80m/19-0 ½ and came in just ahead of Bean (5.71m/18-9). Mitchell, a native of Shreveport competing in her first indoor season, collected her first career title.

Vani's pole vault clearance of 4.80m/15-9 gave him his third mark of at least 4.75m/15-7 this season. On the women's side, Driskell vaulted 3.65m/11-11 ¾ for the second straight week.

Devin Davis (long jump) and Thibeaux (triple jump) were to top competitors in their respective events. Davis recorded a long jump marking of 7.23m/23-8 ¾, while Thibeaux held steady in the triple jump at 14.31m/46-11 ½. Davis just missed his indoor personal best (7.26m/23-10 at last season's McNeese Invite), while Thibeaux leaped past 46 feet a third straight meet.

Junior college transfer Justin Victor topped the men's performances in throws. Victor placed third in men's weight throw with a toss of 17.65m/57-11 - his best mark in a Cajuns uniform. The Deridder, La., native also finished in the Top 10 in shot put, placing 10th at 13.55m/44-5 ½.

Kenneth Nassar had the breakout performance in throws with his fourth-place shot put toss of 15.98m/52-5 ¼. It was the freshman from Houston's first collegiate appearance in the event.

Albert Fournette and Brittany Blunt, the Cajuns leading performers in throws, did not appear in Friday's meet.

Louisiana sent a small group in the track events, with mainly distance runners getting the work.

Anna Katherine Devitt appeared as an individual for the first time in her career. She ran the 1 mile race. Devitt came in eight with a time of 5:25.07 and was a mere six seconds from a Top 5 placement. Devitt also took part in the 3,000 meter run and claimed fourth place honors after clocking in at 10:55.15.

Antoine Jackson (2nd - 1:27.48), Zach Meche (3rd - 1:31.59), Keygan Keys (4th - 1:32.26) and DeMarcus Runnels (5th - 1:34.61) each competed in the men's 600 meter race.

Freshman Corbett Ourso paced four Cajuns men's competitors in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 9:22.69.

UP NEXT FOR LOUISIANA
The Ragin' Cajuns take part in their lone multi-day event of the 2013 indoor campaign Friday-Saturday, Feb. 8-9 as they travel to Birmingham, Ala., for the Samford Multi and Invitational.

The meet will be held at the Birmingham Crossplex which is a future site of the Sun Belt Championships. The heptathlon and pentathalon begin on Friday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. Running events are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, with field events getting underway at 9 a.m.

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