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Dillard University sophomore standout Jevonte Ezzard finished in first place out of 19 runners in the Men's 400 Meter Dash final at the second leg of the 2013 Cowboy Indoor Invite on the campus of McNeese State University. He blazed by his competition as he crossed the finish line with a time of 50.42.
Junior Rudy Garza attempted to keep the pace but posted a time of 54.91, placing 15th overall.
In the Men's 55 Meter Hurdles, sophomore Sean Wilson finished in third place in his preliminary, and senior Runell King finished in eighth, thus qualifying for nationals. King went on to finish seventh overall in the final, posting a time of 8.27, and in that same final Wilson finished two spots behind King, posting a time of 8.45.
Ezzard carried his excellence to his next race and finished second in the Men's 200 Meter Dash final with a time of 23.17. Although Ezzard finished in first place in the same race just weeks prior to this race, he had a decent explanation for the second place finish.
"The only runner who beat me in the 200 was an older guy; an alum or something," said Ezzard. The "alum" that he is referring to is Charles Jackson, a McNeese alumnus, who posted an outstanding time of 22.85.
To his credit, Ezzard actually shaved off .18 seconds from his prior first place finish and looks to continue improving that time as his track and field team prepares to shift gears from indoor to outdoor.
Also in the final of the Men's 200 Meter Dash, Matthew Jones glided across the finish line with a time of 24.18, placing seventh overall and sophomore Tobyus Simmons finished in ninth place, posting a time of 24.23.
The meet marks the second and final indoor meet for Dillard's track and field teams as they prepare for the NAIA Indoor National Championships on March 1.
Ezzard was also a part of the Men's 4x400 Meter Relay team that finished in third place with a time of 3:26.48. The relay team that also consisted of Jones, Buggage, and sophomore Darius Neely competed against various NCAA Division 1 schools across the south.