McDonald Wins, Hicks with Huge PR at LSU Alumni Gold

Janiel McDonald
April 23, 2016


BATON ROUGE, La. - Janiel recorded her second win in as many weeks and Jermey Hicks ran the nation’s ninth-fastest 100m dash time as Louisiana Tech posted 27 top-10 finishes at the LSU Alumni Gold meet Saturday.

McDonald, who won the long jump last week at the Southeastern Lion Invitational in Hammond, jumped 19-7 (5.97m) to claim gold in the B section Saturday. She also jumped 39-1.25 (11.92m) to finish ninth in the triple jump while also running the third leg of the 4x100m relay that posted a time of 46.49 to place 10th. Bianca Jackson, Brittany Walker and Mia Adams contributed to that relay.

Meanwhile Jermey Hicks posted a time of 10.23, edging former LSU 11-time All-American, World Champion and NCAA Champion Aaron Ernest by 0.004 seconds. That 10.23 time ranks ninth in the nation, leads Conference USA and ties for the third-fastest time in Louisiana Tech history.

Tramaine Maloney ran the 17th-fastest 110m hurdles time in the country as his mark of 13.80 to place fourth. Maloney edged Clemson’s Justin Johnson for fourth after entering the week ranked two spots behind the Tiger hurdler in the national rankings. The time of 13.80 also leads Conference USA.

Liza Wall recorded a fourth-place finish in the hammer with a throw of 178-10 (54.50m) as she beat LSU’s Sidnie Wilder by 11 inches. That throw by Wall ranks second the school’s record books in a performance list in which Wall now owns eight of the 10 best marks in school history.



Adams, who anchored the 4x100m relay, registered an eighth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 19-0 (5.79m) as she edged UL-Monroe’s Adriunna Brown by three inches.

Manoah Kiptum posted a time of 15:03.97 in the 5k to beat Mississippi State’s Brandon Nosker and three other LSU distance runners by over seven seconds.

Jarrett Samuels notched a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 23-5.25 (7.41m) in a busy day for the senior. He also anchored the 4x100m relay squad that ran 40.33 to place ninth and was the third leg of the 4x400m relay that finished eighth with a time of 3:14.29.

Louisiana Tech returns to action on April 30 with a trip to Starkville, Mississippi for the MSU Invitational hosted by Mississippi State.

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