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Nakia Linson cruised to a win in the 100m dash.
Nakia Linson cruised to a win in the 100m dash.
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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
Lady Rattlers Totally Dominate FAMU Relays
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
TALLAHASSEE, FL (Mar.10) - The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers used a solid team effort to dominate the field at the 62nd Annual Webster Surgical Center FAMU Relays at the Robert "Pete" Griffin Track Complex. The Lady Rattlers dominated the relay events winning three of the total five relay events.

This year marked the third year that the meet has honored grand marshalls. This year's honorees were members of the 1972 men's 4x100m relay team that was ranked No.2 in the nation. All four members of the team was present. Joseph Ramsey, Kenneth Thomspon, Calvin Henderson and Rey Robinson were honored at the meet's opening ceremonies for winning the 1972 SIAC 4x100m relay championship.

Nakia Linson proved to be the speedster for the Lady Rattlers as she blazed to a first place finish in the 100m dash in 12.01 in the finals. She was followed closely by Richena Louis, who finished second in 12.06. Jasmine Pleasant finished fourth with a time of 12.14.

Linson would also help the Lady Rattlers (Team "A") take control of the 4x100m relay as she ran a blistering second leg to put the Lady Rattlers out of the reach of Tennessee State, who finished second. FAMU's team of Linson, Louis, Pleasant and Dynasty Jones won in a time of 45.84, while the Blue Tigers finished in 46.20. FAMU Team "B" made a solid showing as well, finishing fourth overall in the race. The team of Kamari Canady, Wendy Deshommes, Jeanette Hulse and Kinnesha Jones ran a time of 46.80, finishing in front of Bethune-Cookman.

Jones would shine in the 400m run as she took first place in a time of 54.87. Hulse would card a fifth place finish in a 55.89 time.

Middle distance specialist Ariel Allen won the 800m dash by more than six seconds, finishing in 2:11.66. Chandelic Jackson finished third at 2:18.64, while Nichola Listhrop finished fifth in 2:23.30.

Jackson would win one of her specialty events, the 15oom run, in 4:55.41.

In the 4x400m relay Allen, Hulse, Jones and Linson topped the Tennessee State Tigers by more than four seconds. The Lady Rattlers' Team "A" scored a time of 3:47.19. FAMU "Team B" finished just behind the Grambling State Tigers at 4:04.55.

In the Sprint Medley, the FAMU "Team A" finished in 3:56.32. Allen, Jones, Linson and Louis teamed up to edge the Bethune-Cookman "Team A" by over eight seconds.

Former Rickards standout Brittany Jones took first place in the 400m hurdles. The former state champion ran 1:03.30 to win the event. Deshommes would take ninth place in 1:09.59.

Kinnesha Jones took the top place in the triple jump. Her leap of 12.20m (40-00.50) was good enough to edge all the competition. Brittany Brown would take ninth place with a jump of 9.68m (31-09.25).

Sasha-Ann Lebert tossed the discus 44.68m (146-07) to win that event. Shamona Haughton placed fifth (35.83m/11701) and Cynia Clark finished eighth at 32.91m (108-00).

In the women's 3000m steeplechase, Chandelic Jackson finished third in 12:13.00. Three of her cross country teammates finished consecutively after, as Nadine Mulvaney (12:23.00), Clariccia Golden (12:32.00) and Ciera Williams (12:46.00) took places three through six.

The Lady Rattlers will continue their outdoor season Sat., Mar.17 at the Morehouse Relays in Atlanta, Ga.



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