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Track and Field Tossing Old Records

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The ULM track and field team is throwing their way into the national spotlight.

The Warhawks are ranked 21st in the NCAA in mens shot-put.

At the Ted Nelson Invitational, seven Warhawks finished in the top 10 in their individual events.

Senior Alton Clay Jr. set a weight throw personal and meet record with a stat of 68-0 (20.74).

“My coaches and I knew I could break the school record. They have all been very supportive in my race towards a national title,” said Clay.

I came in as the underdog and worked my way to the top and I feel my efforts can show them all that its not about how you start, its about how you finish.

The Warhawks also placed first in the long jump from a great performance by senior Jemal Parham.

At Texas Tech, Parharm slid into the rankings at number two in Sun Belt and number 29 in the country after a (7.55) meter jump.

The team recorded eight personal best at the Glliam Indoor Track Stadium.

“We had only three practices before this season-opening meet, so it went about how we expected,” ULM head coach J.D. Malone said.

“The kids competed well, but we still have a lot of work to do. We’re very excited for Alton and Jemal.”

The recent success from the seniors on the team have led to some personal records from the freshman and sophomore class.

Freshman Ava Paul (9.17) and junior Kourtni Russell (8.92) set seasonal bests, and Russell finished in second place.

Alton moved up to the fifth spot in the nation for weight toss and first in the Sun Belt after his 22.5 meter throw.

He placed first in the event and broke the ULM school record.

On Jan. 31 he was named the Sun Belt conference athlete of the week.

Alton went off at the Texas Tech Classic by setting the school record in the weight throw at (21.74) meters.

He also posted a personal- best in shot put at (16.8) meters.

“I’m very excited about moving forward to the conference and national meets,”said Clay.

God has placed all of these opportunities ahead of me and I plan to take advantage of each and every one.

Senior Domonique Allen set a personal record of (16.87) meters in the weight toss.

The women were tied for first and second place at one point in the competition.

The Warhawks will look to continue this great run in their next meet at the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, AL.

The competition is scheduled for Feb. 19-20.

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Track and Field Tossing Old Records