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Dillard University sophomore Darius Neely finished in first place out of 13 runners in the Men's 200 Meter Dash final at the 2013 Tulane Team Challenge at Tad Gormley Stadium. He blazed by his competition as he crossed the finish line with a time of 22.59. Neely also finished first out of nine participants in the Men's 100 Meter Dash posting a time of 11.18 and was named "double-sprint champion" of the challenge. Neely led his team to a second place overall finish at the meet.
"It's a great accomplishment since I've never been named double-sprint champion before," said Neely. "I feel like our men (Bleu Devils) did well regardless of the weather conditions."
In the Men's 200, sophomore Jevonte Ezzard finished in second place behind his teammate Neely, posting a time of 23.00. Simmons ended up in fourth place with a time of 23.38.
In the Men's 400, Ezzard finished in second with a time of 49.50 and junior teammate Matthew Jones finished in third with a time of 50.45.
Normally temperatures range between 70 and 80 degrees on an ideal track day, but temperatures were around the low 40's with a ton of wind at City Park.
"I honestly think the weather conditions slowed down my times, but no excuses," said Neely.
In the Men's 110 Meter Hurdles, senior Runell King finished first with a time of 17.27, and senior Marcel Williams finished second overall in the Men's Javelin Throw with a distance of 31.63 meters. With the Tulane Team Challenge, Williams completed the first collegiate track and field meet of his career.
"It was very fun," said Williams. "One day during offseason I told my teammates that I would throw 100 yards in my first meet, and to hear the announcer yell over the speakers that I threw equivalent to 103 yards was a true accomplishment."
Ezzard, Buggage, Simmons, and sophomore Friday George were a part of the Men's 4x100 Meter Relay team that finished in first place with a time of 42:25.
*Photo provided by Herman Shelton