COLLEGE PARK, MD - Avoiding disaster after almost colliding with a team that had dropped its baton, University of the District of Columbia's 4x400M Team of Callister Jones, Kaydian Jones, Kimoy Mais and Kaneesha Hollis ran a season best time of 3:51.98 to take first place at the Kehoe Twilight Meet hosted by the University of Maryland.
Hollis, fresh off her 2nd place finish in the 400M (56.63), skillfully maneuvered around the mishap to lead the 4x400M team to a comfortable victory.
"It's unfortunate the team from Holy Family had a dropped baton on the anchor leg directly in front of us," head coach Alton McKenzie said. "It would have made for an even more competitive race and us running an even faster time. But I must say I'm very happy with the huge improvement from our last outing in the 4x400M. I'm looking forward to us lining up again and competing just as hard as we did today. I was very proud of how hard they competed today."
Hollis (56.63) and Callister Jones (56.73) again showed their consistency with 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the 400M (Field of 10 Competitors).
"They are a great one-two punch and have shown it all season. We'll keep working hard to see if they can place themselves in the NCAA field for the 400M," McKenzie said.
Also, the Long Jump saw new personal bests being achieved by both Shauna-Kay Creary (6th) and Kaydian Jones (3rd) with jumps of 5.20M and 5.48M, respectively.
"It was great to see both ladies achieve personal best this time of the season," McKenzie said. "I look forward to seeing if Kaydian can continue building on this momentum to attain an NCAA qualifying mark."
In the Shot Put, Areial Clark ended her season with a 4th place finish with a throw of 12.69M.
"Though we didn't get to the goal of qualifying in the Shot Put, Areial threw a personal best previously this season. Hopefully she'll use that momentum to work hard and come back next year ready be even better," McKenzie said.
A few of the Firebirds will continue to compete in at least one, possibly two more meets in an attempt to qualify for the NCAA field. Those meets would both be next weekend.