Sunday, January 17, 2016

Lincoln's Richards Shatters Two Records at Missouri Invite

Ladonna Richards Breaks Women's 60m Hurdles Record at University of
Missouri Invitational ...Twice!!

COLUMBIA, Missouri  --  Ladonna Richards shattered a pair of records (60m hurdles), highlighting the Lincoln women's track & field team's day at the Missouri Invitational on Friday (Jan. 15).

The meet was hosted by the University of Missouri at the Hearnes Center, and Richards broke the facility record not once, but twice. Richards initially won the preliminaries of the event with a time of 8.43, which was good enough to break the building record of 8.53, set in 2004. During the finals, Richards broke her own mark with a time of 8.25, the best in the country and an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division II National Championships. The 8.25 mark is also a new meet record.

Yanique Ellington was also a winner on Friday, taking the crown in the 200m with a time of 25.34. Kimona Shaw also competed in that event, taking fourth after timing in at 26.31. Shaw later ran in the 400m, finishing 10th in 1:00.78.

Diana Cauldwell had a pair of top-three finishes for Lincoln, placing second in the triple jump (12.11m) and third in the finals of the 60m dash (7.78). Tina Coombs finished fourth in both the triple jump (10.94m) and the long jump (5.46m) while Lexanna Morgan placed fifth in the latter event (5.39m).

The Blue Tigers also had a top-five finish in the 4x400m relay, as the foursome of Shaw, Cauldwell, Ebony Rose and Shanice Clarke took third in 4:04.62. Clarke rounded out Lincoln's performance by competing in the 800m, placing third with a time of 2:27.23.

Lincoln will be back on the track next weekend, as the Blue Tigers travel to Joplin, Mo. to compete in the MSSU Open Invitational, which will be hosted by Missouri Southern State University on Jan. 22-23.


Dan Carr, Assistant AD for Media Relations

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