April 6, 2012

Areial Clark Highlights Impressive Team Performance at Colonial Relays

WILLIAMSBURG, VA - The University of the District of Columbia women's track and field team, one of just three non-Division I schools in the 27-team event, finished 23rd with a score of nine points at the Colonial Relays hosted by William & Mary on Friday and Saturday, April 7th-8th.

The Firebirds received eight points from Areial Clark, who threw a new personal best 13.13M in the shot put event to finish 2nd overall in a field of 22 competitors. She also had a personal best javelin throw of 33.56M to finish 11th of 17 competitors in that event.

"Kudos to Areial for two personal bests in her throwing events," Head Coach Alton McKenzie said. "Her 2nd place finish and new personal best in the shot put was surprising to her, but we've been telling her she was ready to throw 13M if she was just patient and competed hard."

Kaydian Jones also had a big day for the Firebirds, competing in four different races throughout the day. Her highlights included a 25.84 in the 200M to place 18th in a large field of 44 competitors, and running anchor in the 4x400M relay to help her team finish in 3:55.25 for 2nd place in its heat. The relay team, led by a strong second leg by Kaneesha Hollis, finished 9th in a field of 13 competitors.

Shauna-Kay Creary boasted a new personal best of 12.71 in the 100M race, earning a spot in the semi-finals and placing 16th overall in a field of 27. Tatyana Commock was 13th with a 12.62.

In the 400M, Callister Jones and Kaneesha Hollis placed 8th and 9th, respectively, in a field of 44 competitors with times of 57.75 and 57.85.

"It was great to compete at the Colonial Relays over a two-day period, as this will set us up perfectly for the weeks to come," McKenzie said. "We had some strong individual performances that have us looking forward to competing next week at the JC Smith Invitational."