Former Blue Tiger dazzles crowd at Emporia

EMPORIA, Kan. — On a day where several current Lincoln track and field athletes had impressive results, it was a former Blue Tiger who really stole the show.

Kawayne Fisher, a former Blue Tiger who was competing unattached, dazzled the crowd at the Sam Williams Twilight Qualifier hosted by Emporia State University.

Fisher won the 100-meter dash at the event in 10.04 seconds, a wind-aided time with a 3.8 wind that was the seventh-fastest time in the world this year.

The time also beat the meet record of 10.21 set by Barton County’s Erick Wilson in 2002 and the Welch Stadium mark of Nike Central’s Travis Grant in 1999.

Another former Blue Tiger competing unattached, Gerald Bascoe, finished fifth in the event with a time of 10.48.

The meet was the last chance for athletes hoping to post qualifying times for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held May 23-25 in Pueblo, Colo.

In the women’s portion of the event, Lincoln’s Twishana Williams, Juneille Barker and Marcia Harrison picked up wins.

Williams won the 800-meter run in a time of 2:12.36, a provisional qualifying mark for the Championships. Her teammate, Monique Thompson, was third in the event with a provisional mark of 2:13.35.

Barker took the crown in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.75, a provisional mark, while and Harrison took first place in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.90).

In the 100-meter dash, Lincoln’s Cardine Copeland (11.87) and Toni-Ann Moore (12.02) placed second and third, respectively. Both those times were qualifying marks and the only runner they trailed in the race was Muna Lee, a multiple-time Olympian who won the race in 11.39.

Among the other Blue Tigers, Jonelle Campbell was fourth in the triple jump (37-5) and Nickeisha Beaumont was eighth in the long jump (17-4 1/4).

Also at the meet, competing for Computomarx, Andy Gilmore (Southern Boone High School) won the high jump (6-10 1/4).

Missouri S&T’s Adriel Hawkins (Jefferson City High School) was fifth in the 200-meter dash (21.55).

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