Donald breaks 60m record; 9 PRs set at Meyo Invite

Donald breaks 60m record; 9 PRs set at Meyo Invite

SOUTH BEND, Indiana – McNeese track and field had an impressive outing on the final day of the Meyo Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame as a school record and a total of nine personal records were broken in 10 events that the Cowboys and Cowgirls were competing.

In addition to the PRs set, there were three first place finishes – Tyler Smith in the 60-meter dash and Nemanja Koviljac in the triple jump for the Cowboys while Grace McKenzie took first in the women’s 800-meters.

Aleyah Donald in running the 60-meter dash, set a new school record with a time of 7.51 in the preliminary round, edging out Jasmine Webb’s previous record of 7.52. Donald went on to clock a 7.54 for a third place finish in the finals.

Smith, who on Friday set a new McNeese indoor record in the 200-meters when winning that event, qualified to the 60-meter finals after a time of 6.81 in the preliminary round. He then set a new PR in the finals with a winning time of 6.74.

Koviljac won the long jump event with a mark of 23-3.50 to set a new personal record.

McKenzie took first in the 800-meters with a PR time of 2:13.21. She also clocked a time of 8.79 in the 60-meter hurdles in the preliminary round.

Darion Dunn finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles with a PR time of 8.05 after he qualified to the finals with a mark of 8.14 in the prelims.

In the 400-meters, Blake Comeaux (9th, 48.93) and Kobe Nevills (10th, 49.02) each set a new PR.

Other Cowgirls to set PRs were Alex Eykelbosch in the 3,000-meters (5th, 9:55.20) and Malaiya Jedkins in the triple jump (5th, 39-9.25).

The men’s 4x400-relay team of Comeaux, Nevills, Banks and Ethan Rapp finished sixth with a season-best time of 3:16.09.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls will be back in action on Friday when they take part in the Samford Invitational in what will be the final tune-up before the Southland Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 24-25.

Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame

Cowboy Results:

60m Dash Prelims: Tyler Smith 6.81 Q

60m Dash Finals: 1, Tyler Smith 6.74 (PR)

60m Hurdle Prelims: Darion Dunn 8.14 Q

60m Hurdle Finals: 4, Darion Dunn 8.05 (PR)

400m: 9, Blake Comeaux 48.93 (PR); 10, Kobe Nevills 49.02 (PR); 15, Terrill Banks 49.19; 30, Ethan Rapp 49.83

Long Jump – 1, Nemanja Koviljac 23-3.50 (PR)

4x400 Relay – 6, 3:16.09 (Comeaux, Banks, Rapp, Nevills)

Cowgirl Results:

60m Dash Prelims: Aleyah Donald 7.51 Q (PR, new school record)

60m Dash Finals: 3, Aleyah Donald 7.54

60m Hurdle Prelims: Grace McKenzie 8.79

800m: 1, Grace McKenzie 2:13.21 (PR)

3000m: 5, Alex Eykelbosch 9:55.20 (PR)

Triple Jump – 5, Malaiya Jedkins 39-9.25 (PR)

Shot put: 8, Alanna Arvie 46-3.25

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