Saturday, March 19, 2016

XU's Allen, Coleman, relay team finish in top 10 at Rhodes meet

MEMPHIS, Tennessee -- Xavier University of Louisiana got top-10 finishes Friday from triple jumpers Clarke Allen and Keairez Coleman and a relay team at the Rhodes Invitational.

Allen placed sixth in the women's triple jump with a best mark of 10.84 meters (35 feet, 6 3/4 inches), two-tenths of a meter less than her XU-record performance of two weeks earlier. Coleman was 10th in the men's division in 12.35 meters (40-6 1/4).

In the women's 3,200-meter relay, the XU team of Brianna Pace, Dionysia Love, Chinyere Jones and Maliya Vaughn placed fifth in 10 minutes, 18.50 seconds. It was the first time since 2014 that the Gold Nuggets competed in this event.

There was no team scoring. The two-day meet will conclude Saturday. The meet is Xavier's second of the season.

Here are all the Xavier Friday results from the Rhodes Invitational:

5,000: Hannah Finnegan, 39th in 22:29.29
3,200 Relay: Brianna Pace, Dionysia Love, Chinyere Jones, Maliya Vaughan, 5th in 10:18.50
Triple Jump: Clarke Allen, 6th in 10.84 meters (35 feet, 6 3/4 inches); Dorian Hill, 16th in 8.91 meters (29 feet, 2 3/4 inches)
5,000: Christopher August, 37th in 16:41.09; Darrick Williams, 46th in 18:02.91 
Triple Jump: Keairez Coleman, 10th in 12.35 meters (40 feet, 6 1/4 inches); Christopher Kennie, 11th in 12.11 meters (39 feet, 8 3/4 inches).

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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