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Dillard University sophomore Jevonte Ezzard finished first place out of 32 runners in the Men's 200 Meter Dash at the recent 2013 Cowboy Indoor Invite on the campus of McNeese State University. He smashed the competition as he crossed the finish line with a time of 23.35. Sophomore Darius Neely blazed across the finish line with a time of 23.90, placing third overall.
Also in the Men's 200 Meter Dash, Matthew Jones scampered across the finish line with a time of 24.22, placing eighth overall.
"We only had about one week to practice since returning from Christmas break, and despite the poor weather during our practice week, we still ran very well at the indoor meet," said head coach Bobby Williams Jr., who is coaching in his fourth season as head track and field coach at the University.
Ezzard also came in third place in the Men's 400 Meter Dash, crossing the finish line with a time of 51.69. A total of 18 runners participated in the latter event.
Sophomore Daniel Gibson was remarkable in the 800 Meter Run as he placed seventh overall, posting a time of 2:13:82.
In the Men's 55 Meter Hurdles, senior Runell King and sophomore Sean Wilson finished in seventh and ninth place respectively in their preliminaries, thus qualifying for nationals. Wilson went on to finish sixth overall in the finals, posting a time of 8.28. Despite running on a hobbled hamstring, sophomore Friday George finished tenth in the preliminaries with a time of 6.73. His top 12 finish qualified him for nationals.
The indoor meet marks the first of two this season for Dillard University.
Ezzard was also a part of the Men's 4x400 Meter Relay team that finished in second place with a time of 3:27.02. The relay team that also consisted of Neely, Jones, and sophomore Kermit Buggage defeated 15 other teams from across the south.
Dillard will also compete in the second round of the Cowboy Indoor Invite at McNeese State University on February 1 in preparation for the NAIA Indoor National Championships which is on March 1.
*Photo provided by Jonquil Griffin