Blue Tigers record four meet records at DePauw Classic

GREENCASTLE, Ind. — The Lincoln women’s indoor track and field team won six events and set four meet records at the DePauw University Classic on Saturday.

Twishana Williams highlighted the meet for the Blue Tigers by winning two events and setting meet records in both of them. Williams, a senior from St. Catherine, Jamaica, won the 3,000-meter run in 10:08.62 and took first in the mile with a time of 4:59.75.

Lincoln also swept the top three finishes in the 800, with Monique Thompson winning the event in 2:12.91. Not only was that time a meet record, it also currently stands as the seventh-best in the nation by an NCAA Division II athlete.

Jhevere Hall was the runner-up in the 800, finishing in 2:15.52, while Willomena Williams came in third at 2:17.68. Hall also took fourth in the mile with a time of 5:13.97.

Lincoln’s final meet record came in the distance medley, where the Blue Tigers earned a first-place finish with a time of 11:57.59. That mark is the 13th best in Division II and is also a provisional qualifier for the Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Donna-Lee Hylton also helped pace Lincoln by winning the 200 in 25.57 seconds, while Judith Riley came in second in the 60 at 7.99 seconds.

As a team, the Blue Tigers amassed 77 points, good for fourth place among the 17 teams in attendance. But unlike the majority of the teams participating, Lincoln only sent six athletes to the meet and did not compete in most of the events.

The Blue Tigers will be competing as a team in most of the events at this weekend’s Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Indoor Track and Field Championships, as Lincoln will be seeking its fourth straight league title.

The championship meet will be hosted by Missouri Southern State in Joplin on Feb. 28 through March 2.

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The Lincoln teams combined to win three events and post 11 top-five finishes at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge on Friday in Columbia.

Stallone Watson was a double winner after taking the crown in the men’s long jump (7.11 meters) and the 60-meter hurdles (8.2 seconds) at the meet, which was hosted by the University of Missouri and featured athletes competing from colleges across the state.

Watson was part of the Blue Tigers going 1-2-3 in the long jump as Orneldo Thomas was the runner-up (6.86 meters) and Owen Smith took third (6.34).

Smith also took fourth in the triple jump (13.76 meters), while Darran Hunter finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.98 seconds.

The other Lincoln winner on the day was Ebony Rose, who was the victor in the 600 meters with a time of 1:40.13. Marcia Harrison came in third in that event, finishing in 1:41.94.

The Lincoln women also had a trio of second-place results, led by Lovan Palmer’s time of 59.04 in the 200. Nadia Harriott was the runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles, while Hall took second in the 800 (2:17.15).

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