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(Mobile, Ala.) For the second straight week, Dillard University long jumper senior Joycelyn Daggs (SR/Thibodaux, La.) placed first in an event. Last week she finished first in the women's long jump at the Inaugural Mike McMillan Invitational in Mississippi and this week she picked up a first place finish in the women's triple jump at the University of Mobile Invitational, leaping a distance of 11.10 meters. After missing out last season, she will make her return to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' (NAIA) National Championships in May. Furthermore, the Lady Bleu Devils of Dillard University are currently ranked 14th the nation.
"We still have work to do," said Dillard track and field head coach Bobby Williams.
So far, the Lady Bleu Devils have had a slew of its athletes qualify for NAIA nationals, including both 4x1 and 4x4 meter relay teams. In the individual races, Megan Reed (JR/Thibodaux, La.) and Kahlia Columbus have both qualified in the open 400 meter dash as Columbus picked up a second place finish in the women's 400m, posting a time of 56.99 while Reed finished fourth with a time of 57.14. Dillard University thrower Danielle Glover (SR/Bossier City, La.) placed fifth overall in both the women's hammer throw and discus, throwing a distance of 36.90 meters and 11.30 meters respectively.
Junior Sasha Newman (JR/Antioch, Calif.) finished first in the women's 100 meter hurdles, qualifying for NAIA nationals with a time of 14.71. She also placed third in the women's 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:06.26. She will attend NAIA nationals in both 100m and 400m hurdles for the second consecutive year.
On Saturday, April 22, the annual Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships will be held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. Events begin at 8:45 a.m.
Last year the Lady Bleu Devils won the GCAC championships by a slim margin.