ATHENS, GA (Mar.15-16) - Florida A&M's Lady Rattler track and field team recorded several top five finishes as they competed in the Georgia Relays at the Spec Towns Track. Sprinters Nakia Linson and Jasmine Smith led the Rattlers, with solid finishes in key races.
Head coach Darlene Moore felt the meet resulted in a good start to the outdoor season. "Coming on the heels of our indoor season, I felt the young ladies performed well in a well-respected meet. We had a lot of second place finishes, but measured against the competition we were facing, we are pleased with the overall results," Moore said.
In the 100m dash, Linson took second place overall, finishing in 11.49. She was notched by Georgia's Briana Vaughn, who crossed in 11.37. Smith would also notch a top 10 finish, coming in sixth at 11.70. Ashley Ivey took seventh place in 12.03, while Richena Louis came in 12th at 12.25.
Smith would add a field event to her accomplishment with a second place finish in the javelin throw. Her toss of 34.85m (114-04 ft.) scored another top three finish. Jaymee Smith also finished in the top five with a distance of 33.21m (109-01 ft) to take fifth place. Zenia George and Sasha-Ann Lebert got into the action placing ninth (27.18m/89-02 ft) and 11th (26.59m/87.03) respectively. Lebert finished fourth in the discus throw. She finished just .03m behind Emily Brewer of Georgia.
The Lady Rattlers "A" team pulled an impressive showing in the 4x100m relay. The team of Ivey, Linson, Dynasty Jones and Smith blazed to a time of 45.97, which was good for second place.
Ivey took second place in the collegiate division of the 100m hurdles. She was on the heels of Georgia Tech's Kamilah Bakari, crossing the line in 14.49, just ahead of Georgia Tech's Monique Pate.
Linson displayed her versatility in placing second in the long jump. She jumped 6.07m (19-11.00) in the final round. Kinnesha Jones took sixth place in 5.76m (18-10-75). Jones pushed Georgia Tech's Jhanelle Mcleod, finishing third in the triple jump with a vault of 12.37m (40-07.00). Ivey took third with a distance of 12.30m (40-04.25).
RaTeema Stanley displayed her speed in the 400m dash, cruising to a time of 57.82, which was good for another second place finish in the collegiate division.
Simone Durden debuted in the 400m hurdles with a fifth place finish. Durden, always up for a challenge, finished in 1:05.71. Stanley took 11th place with a time of 1:08.79.
In the distance races, Effiey Kosgei, Ariel Allen, Chandelic Jackson, Cynthia Chelelgo and Ciera Williams of the 2012-2013 MEAC Cross Country champions, made impacts for the Lady Rattlers. Kosgei got another top five finish for FAMU, with a fourth place finish in the 3000m steeplechase. She finished in 12:14.40, starting a run of four consecutive Lady Rattlers who finished in a pack. George took fifth in 12:22.92, Chelelgo took sixth in 12:47.15 and Williams finished seventh in 12:49.52.
In the 1500m run, Allen and Jackson made solid top 20 finishes, finishing 13th and 14th. Allen finished 14th at 5:03.64, while Jackson took 14th in 5:03.77.
The Lady Rattlers will compete this weekend at the Florida State Relays at the Mike Long Track Complex.