Wells’ record-breaking season continues

Headlining Georgia State’s track and field showing at the Georgia Tech Invitational, sophomore LaPorscha Wells established another school record with a 59.31 meter performance in the hammer throw. The mark also earned her the top spot among all participants in the event.

The Panthers claimed eighth place in the hammer throw with Tracy Dorcemont’s 48.61 meter effort. Caressa Reeves rounded out the top ten finishers at 47.47. Kelsey Gray placed 13th, throwing her hammer 46.26 meters. Alysiah Whittaker finished behind Gray at 14th at 44.94 meters. Alexandria Jackson put in an 18th place-outing at 40.28 meters for Georgia State.

Whittaker also earned a third-place outing in the discus throw at 48.09 meters while Jackson placed sixth at 42.01 meters. Gray’s 39.68 earned her a 12th-place finish. Erica Brand, representing Duke, won the discus throw at 53.51 meters.

The Panthers also had three top-12 finishes in the shot put. Whittaker won second place with a 14.51 meter effort, Wells placed fourth at 14.39 meters, and Reeves earned 12th at 12.81. Notre Dame’s Emily Morris won the shot put at 15.15 meters.

Katherine Randolph was the top finisher in the long jump for the Panthers at 5.66 meters. Breonca Reid ended in 14th at 5.34 while Danielle Livingstone’s 5.18 outing earned her 16th. Georgia’s Chance Porter won it with a 6.30 meter performance.

Nylah Chavis was the sole participant in Panthers blue and white at the high jump. She tied for tenth with Middle Tennessee State’s Pershawna Williams at 1.61 meters. Levern Spencer, not representing a school, ended up in first at 1.85 meters.

In the 4×400 meter relay, Georgia State’s Carole Idolphine, Ravin Gilbert, Ashlan Rosier, and Jasmyne Robinson teamed up to time in at 3:50.16 minutes for seventh place. Notre Dame’s Parker English, Jordan Shead, Amber Lalla, and Margaret Bamgbose topped all schools at 3:33.21.

The Panthers’ Randolph, Reid, Gilbert and Wande Brewer teamed up to engineer a third-place effort in the 4×100 meters. Their 45.46 meter time finished two spots behind eventual winner Notre Dame whose English, Bamgbose, Kaila Barber, and Jade Barber finished their course in 44.81 seconds.

Georgia State ended up at the bottom of the field in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Jordan Townsley placed 13th at 12:04.05 while Mackenzie Nail timed in at 12:09.71. Carlee Cassidy from the College of Charleston finished her course in 10:40.22, topping all participants.

Idolphine was one of two representatives for the Panthers in the 400 meter hurdles and completed her course in 1:01.77 minutes–11th place. Tyler Watson’s 1:01.95 earned her 14th. Ajoke Odumosu, not affiliated with a school but flying the colors for Adidas, took home first place at 58.62–one of two participants who finished under a minute.

In the 100 meter hurdle preliminaries, Livingstone placed 23rd at 14.90 seconds. Clemson’s Samantha Elliot won the prelims at 13.39.

The women’s 5,000 meter run saw Georgia State’s Jennifer Rubel finish 10th at 17:17.65. The Panthers’ Melanie Hamilt and Sarah Bearden placed 36th and 37th, respectively. Hamilt timed in at 19:24.81 and Bearden finished her course in 19:28.99 meters. Greenville Track Club’s Alison Parris won the event at 16:29.39.

Stella Christoforou participated in the 1,500 meter dash and made her effort count with a third-place finish at 4:27. Nuria Ramirez placed 28th at 4:42.96. Natoya Goule of Clemson won the 1,500 meters at 4:20.01 minutes.

Christoforou was the only Panther in the 800 meter dash. Her 2:12.25 minute timing earned her 15th. Semoya Campbell did not represent a school but won the event at 2:06.19.

The women’s 400 meter dash saw Ashlan Rosier complete her course in 57.40 seconds–29th place. Jasmyne Robinson’s 57.99 second effort earned her 31st. Notre Dame’s Bamgbose put in a 51.97 time, winning the event.

In the women’s 200 meters, Gilbert earned ninth place at 24.10. Brewer ended up in 10th at 24.12. Randolph earned 15th at 24.45 and Reid’s 25.05 finish had her at 27th. Speed Elite’s Jessica Young won the 200 at 23.42 seconds.

The women’s 100 meter prelims featured Gilbert placing 12th at 12.03 seconds. Brewer completed her course in 12.05 seconds for 13th. Randolph timed in at 12.06 for 15th as all three qualified for the semifinals. Reid finished 17th, just outside of the semifinal qualifiers at 12.12 seconds. Jessica Farr, not representing a school, claimed first-place with a 11.61.

Gilbert’s 11.83 effort and Brewer’s 11.85 effort had the two Georgia State representatives at sixth and seventh, respectively as both qualified for the 100 meter finals. Randolph finished at 12.10–13th place. Farr also won the semis at 11.56 seconds.

Gilbert placed fifth in the 100 meter finals with an 11.74 second effort. Brewer timed in at 11.75 for sixth place. Bethune-Cookman’s Tristie Johnson won the 100 meters with an 11.52 second outing.