Monday, April 11, 2016
XULA Chatters sets javelin mark at Northwestern State meet
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana — Drew Chatters broke her Xavier University of Louisiana record in the women's javelin at the Leon Johnson NSU Invitational track and field meet Saturday.
Chatters, a sophomore from Lake Charles, La., and a graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School, extended her record with 37.05 meters (121 feet, 7 inches) in her fifth throw of the competition. She placed fifth out of 13 competitors and finished ahead of eight NCAA Division I athletes.
Chatters' previous XU mark was 36.54 meters (119-10¾) at the McNeese Cowboy Relays in her hometown on March 14, 2015. She was the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference champion a year ago.
Xavier produced 15 top-10 individual finishes. Maliya Vaughan was sixth in the women's 800-meter run with the Gold Nuggets' best time this season, 2 minutes, 27.40 seconds. Christopher August had a men's team season best with 4:13.69 in the 1,500 and placed fifth.
Xavier's highest individual finish was in the women's 3,000 steeplechase. Dionysia Love was third in 12:34.02 and produced the Gold Nuggets' fastest time in this event since 2014.
The meet, which did not have team scoring, was Xavier's sixth of the outdoor season. Next will be the Southeastern Invitational at Hammond, La., Saturday.
Here are all of Xavier's results from the Leon Johnson NSU Invitational:
100: Chelsea James, 4th in 12:43; Destini Thomas, 8th in 12.75; Martina Wright, 9th in 12.77; Alexis Milton, 10th in 12.97; Katelyn McMorris, 12th in 13:00
400: Chinyere Jones, 12th in 1:01.24; Janelle Jones, 13th in 1:01.80; Ky'Reon McBride, 14th in 1:02.38
800: Maliya Vaughan, 6th in 2:27.40
1,500: Dionysia Love, 4th in 5:23.39; Brianna Pace, 5th in 5:38.22
5,000: Hannah Finnegan, 4th in 23:27.83
100 Hurdles: Tylor Row, 8th in 16:02
400 Hurdles: Tylor Row, 12th in 1:14.17
3,000 Steeplechase: Dionysia Love, 3rd in 12:34.02; Maliya Vaughan, 5th in 13:14.41;Hannah Finnegan, 6th in 13:56.55; Brianna Pace, 7th in 13:58.03
400 Relay: Chelsea James, Destini Thomas, Alexis Milton, Clarke Allen, 3rd in 49.27
1,600 Relay: Kailey Williams, Janelle Jones, Clarke Allen, Kayla Quincy, 4th in 4:02.08
Javelin: Drew Chatters, 5th in 37.05 meters (121 feet, 7 inches)
100: Ethan Gipson, 17th in 11.41
400: Langston Adams, 13th in 54.20
800: Ammiel Williams, 17th in 2:07.00
1,500: Christopher August, 5th in 4:13.69; Ammiel Williams, 11th in 4:36.58
Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA