OXFORD, Miss. — For the second time in three weeks, University of Central Arkansas senior Sage Raphael won the a 400-meter title — this time at the Mississippi Open/Heptathlon Invitational on Saturday at Ole Miss.
Raphael, from Tampa, Fla., won the 400 with a time of 46.22, the second-best time in school history and surpassing the 46.54 he won with two weeks ago at Ole Miss.
The men’s team put together 16 Top 10 finishes in the meet, while the women recorded eight, including four in the heptathlon.
Junior Megan Snow finished fourth in the heptathlon with a score of 4,476, the No. 2 total in school history. Junior Jasmine Ellis of Nashville ws fifth (4,214), followed by junior April Martin of Yellville in fifth (4,198). Snow was first in the heptathlon shot put (12.09 meters) and Ellis was first in the heptathlon 200 meters (25.35). UCA’s 4x400 relay team of Mary Douglas, Khadijah Smith, Jatoi Snell and Jean Black finished sixth in a school-record time of 3:49.31, bettering the old mark of 3:50.94 set in 2010.
Sophomore Tanesha Maxwell was fifth in the 100 meters (11.95), the third-best time in school history.
On the men’s side, senior James Anderson of Beebe was third in the high jump (2.03 meters) and senior Bobby Washington was fifth (1.98 meters). Demarcus Harrison finished fourth in the 400 hurdles (53.25), while Jaron Criswell was fifth in the long jump (7.26 meters) and Derrick Steele was seventh (7.13 meters).
Steele was also seventh in the triple jump (14.01 meters). Junior Daniel Reece of Texarkana finished seventh in the pole vault (4.72 meters) and Hunter Moix was 10th (4.42 meters). Freshman Pierce Pipak finished seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase (10:40.86), while sophomore Jeremiah Fleeman of Rogers was sixth in the 5,000 meters (15:48.51).
UCA had two top-10 relay finishes, including a third in the 4x400 (3:10.97) and a ninth in the 4x100 (42.14).
UCA men and women host their annual UCA Open on Friday and Saturday at the Bill Stephens Track Complex.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Hendrix College women’s tennis team lost twice to conference foes in on Saturday. Centre (2-8) defeated the Warriors (4-13) 9-0, then Birmingham-Southern (8-7) topped Hendrix 5-0.
The men (6-12) lost 7-2 to Centre (6-12) and 5-0 to Birmingham Southern (11-2).
Senior Michael Gardner and freshman Robert Sheets defeated Colonel No. 1 doubles team of Ben Newstadt and Lucas Kelly 8-3.
Gardner earned another point in the top singles match, defeating Newstadt 6-4, 6-3.