HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Mississippi Valley State University men and women’s track programs destroyed personal-records all day long as the Devilettes broke eight seven and tied one of their PRs while the Delta Devils took out five previous bests as well as matching another.
The women had a spectacular showing in Hattiesburg fronted by Makiah Sherman who claimed ninth with a new low of 12.31 in the 100m while setting a personal-record for the 200m (25.64) as well.
Darrione Joseph was the lone Valley athlete of either gender to crack the top-five, going for fifth place in her signature event (100 hurdles) with a time of 14.52.
Chelsea Okusagah joined Sherman in placing top-ten while setting a PR in another, coming in tenth during the 400m (58.21) while PRing the 200m (25.75).
Carrie Snipes did the same but with a twist as she landed at tenth with her 4.92m long jump and set the personal-best in the 200m (26.21) for a field/track combo.
Chanelle Houston rounded out the track athletes to place tenth, doing so in the 400m at 1:06.37.
Lastly, Michaela Brown went for the seventh-furthest distance in the shot put on Saturday, hurling the metal sphere 12.20 meters.
For the second straight week a Devilette has tied a previous personal-record as Terreka Gibson is the odd circumstance recipient with her 200m time of 26.27 but she also broke her 400m time the old-fashioned way at 59.86.
Concluding the list of personal-records for the Green and White women are Chemyah Winn (28.30 in 200m), Chanel Watts (26.60 in 200m), and Trenity Hill (16.83 in 100 hurdles).
The men from Itta Bena also had a solid afternoon as Kiion Smith was the only one to land in the single digits with an eighth place slot for his 44.42m discus.
For as rare of an occurrence as tying a personal-record is, it has become second nature for Mississippi Valley apparently as Desmond Ferrell became the third student-athlete in two weeks to tie his previous low time, running the 110 hurdles in 15.49 seconds once again.
Elijah Edney and Eugentavious Blue each set the bar a little higher in the 800m and long jump respectively, setting personal-bests of 1:59.91 and 6.03m.
Calvin Adolph II set a PR in the shot put (11.20m) and Terry Edwards went for two as he put his new benchmarks at 10.11m for the shot put plus 29.02m regarding the discus.
The Grove on the campus of Ole Miss awaits Valley on Friday when the program competes in the Joe Walker Invitational on April 8.
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