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(New Orleans, La.) With 118 points, last year's Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field champions (Dillard) finished fourth at this year's GCAC track championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. Xavier University finished with 183 points to claim the women's championship while Southern University at New Orleans finished in third place with 124 points. However, the Lady Bleu Devils are currently ranked 12th in the nation and look to do damage at next month's National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Alabama.
The Lady Bleu Devils 4x400 meter relay team picked up a second place finish, posting a time of 3:57.20 while the 4x100 meter relay team finished in third place with a time of 48.13. The 4x4 team is comprised of Kahlia Columbus (SO/Houston, Texas), Megan Reed (JR/Thibodaux, La.), Stephanie Coates (SO/Castro Valley, Calif.) and Sasha Newman (JR/Antioch, Calif.) while Columbus, Reed, Tajdreana Hurst (SO/Katy, Texas ) and Elizabeth Davis (FR/Compton, Calif.) make up the 4x1 squad.
Newman continued her dominance in the women's 100 meter hurdles with a first place finish, posting a time of 14.65, putting her at 20th in the nation (NAIA). With a time of 1:03.50, Newman later finished third overall in the women's 400 meter hurdles, moving up to 13th in the nation.
As for Reed, she picked up a fourth place finish in both the women's 100 and 400 meter dash, posting times of 12.33 and 56.49 respectively. She is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the open 400 while teammate Columbus sits at 12th in the nation after she finished just ahead of Reed in the 400 at conference, posting a time of 56.35.
In the field events, Hurst finished first in the women's pole vault with a height of 2.74 meters while Amara Edwards (FR/Alexandria, Virginia ) also picked up a first place finish for the Lady Bleu Devils, placing first in the women's high jump with a height of 1.49 meters. Joycelyn Daggs (SR/Thibodaux, La.), who already qualified for next month's NAIA nationals, finished third in both the women's long jump and triple jump, leaping a distance of 5.19 and 10.80 meters respectively while teammate Felicia Hopes (JR/Bay City, Texas) finished second in the women's shot put, third in the women's discus throw and fourth in the women's hammer throw for Dillard.
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