Point Park men's indoor track & field competes at SPIRE North Coast Open
Jan. 24, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. ET
Point Park sprinters (L to R) Falonte Jackson, DeAnthony Morgan and JaQuan Lavender.
GENEVA, Ohio -- The Point Park University men's indoor track & field team had its first competition of the spring semester at the SPIRE North Coast Open on Saturday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Pioneers, who had their first meet in school history Dec. 5 at Youngstown State, got back into action for the first time since that inaugural meet.
The Pioneers once again had several high finishers across many events despite the long layoff since the last competition. It was the first of five meets this semester before the NAIA indoor national championships March 5-7 at the SPIRE Institute.
The Pioneers for the second time in two meets were well-represented in the 60-meter dash. They had two of the top eight finishers led by freshman Falonte Jackson in fourth place with a time of 7.13 seconds. DeAnthony Morgan was eighth at 7.24, and the 60 meters was a highlight for the Pioneers given that two of the 10 finalist were from Point Park.
Freshman jumper Shaun Berry, a graduate of Shadyside Academy, had a strong day as he was a finalist in all three jumping events and set two school records. He was second in the high jump with a school-record leap of 1.95 meters, fourth in the triple jump with a school record of 13.34 meters and sixth in the long jump at 6.23 meters.
Point Park was represented in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles as Christian Capers was eighth at 8.97 seconds.
The Pioneers' sprinters made some noise in the 200-meter dash as well with Jackson placing eighth with a time of 22.85 in the finals. He is already an NAIA national qualifier in that event as his school-record time of 22.34 on Dec. 5 hit the NAIA "B" national qualifying standard.
Also making noise in the 200 meters was DeAnthony Morgan in 23rd place at 23.22 seconds.
Point Park's 4x400 meter relay team, which placed third in a strong field at the Youngstown State meet Dec. 5, put up another strong placement of fifth on Saturday. The squad of Harris, Zachary Watt, Alexander Vaughn and Jackson had a time of 3:32.00
The 400 meters had the Pioneers led by Vaughn in 15th place (51.99) and Watt in 18th place (52.51).
In the 800 meters, Point Park's Khalid Omar (2:05.51) and Heath Hougas (2:08.94) posted the two fastest times in the KIAC so far this year and placed 25th and 38th, respectively. John Wiley was 43rd with a time of 2:15.72.
In the distance events, the Pioneers were led by a couple of cross country competitors who were seeing their first action of the indoor track season. Eric Torres placed 23rd in the 3,000 meters with at time of 9:23.07. Chris Hunt was 20th in the mie with a time of 4:50.
Michael Beavis competed in the shot put and had a throw of 10.10 meters for 22nd place.
Point Park will be back in action next weekend at the same venue for the SPIRE Midwest Open Jan. 30-31 at the SPIRE Institute.
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