Saturday, April 2, 2016

XULA's Kennie, Allen, Quincy receive GCAC's weekly awards

NEW ORLEANS — For the second consecutive week, Xavier University of Louisiana produced three Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Performers of the Week in track and field. Winners for March 21-27 are Christopher Kennie in men's field, Clarke Allen in women's field and Kayla Quincy in women's track.
All XU performances were from the Louisiana Classics meet in Lafayette.
Kennie, a senior from New Orleans and a graduate of Holy Cross High School, was honored for the first time since 2013 and the third time in his career. Kennie matched his best-ever collegiate long jump — 21 feet, 6 3/4 inches (6.57 meters) — in a 10th-place finish. He finished ahead of 11 athletes from NCAA Division I.
Allen, a sophomore from Mendenhall, Miss., and a graduate of Mendenhall High School, won for the third time this season and the fourth time in her career. Allen produced her third consecutive top-7 finish in the triple jump and had a best mark of 34-10 1/4 (10.62 meters) in placing seventh.
Quincy, a junior from Avondale, La. and a graduate of Xavier Prep (now known as St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School), won for the first time in her career. Quincy became Xavier's first qualifier for the 2016 NAIA National Championships with a time of 57.06 seconds in the 400-meter dash. She finished fifth and ahead of 22 from NCAA Division I. Quincy ran anchor on the 1,600 relay squad which finished ninth in 4:01.84, approximately 3 1/2 seconds faster than it did the previous week.
Through the first three meets of the outdoor season, XU athletes have won a combined eight GCAC weekly awards in track and field.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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