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(New Orleans) The Bleu Devils 4x400 Meter Relay Team recently qualified for nationals at the Victor Lopez Classic on the campus of Rice University. Their fourth place finish with a final time of 3:12.95 was good enough to make the "A" standard in the NAIA.
In the Men's 100 Meter Dash, Neely finished eleventh and posted a time of 11.01. Sophomore Tobyus Simmons crossed the finish line just milliseconds after Neely, posting a time of 11.03 for a twelfth place finish. Sophomore Kermit Buggage finished in sixteenth place with a time of 11.15.
In the Men's 200 Meter Dash, Neely had yet another eleventh place finish and posted a time of 22.04, beating out teammate Ezzard who finished with a time of 22.21. Simmons was close behind with an eighteenth place finish and a time of 22.29, and Jones followed closely behind with a time of 22.37.
However, Ezzard represented the Bleu Devils well with a seventh place finish in the Men's 400 Meter Dash with a time of 47.71.
In the Men's 800 Meter Run, Nash finished sixteenth overall with a time of 1:54.68 and in the Men's 110 Meter Hurdles, senior Runell King finished in fifteenth place with a time of 16.60.
The Bleu Devils placed seventh overall in the Men's 4x100 Meter Relay with a time of 41.53, once again making an "A" standard in the NAIA. Simmons, Buggage, Neely and sophomore Wendell Collins make up the relay team.
The Men's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships will be May 23-25 in Marion, Indiana, on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.
*Photo provided by Herman Shelton