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story.lead_photo.caption Magnolia’s Sinclair Pitts was among 28 SAU athletes to finish among the top five at La. Tech meet. They will participate Warhawk Classic at Louisiana-Monroe Friday and Saturday.

RUSTON, La. – After competing at La. Tech last weekend, the SAU track and field teams will head back to Louisiana Friday and Saturday for the Warhawk Classic on the University of Louisiana-Monroe campus.

In last weekend’s action, they competed in the Jim Mize Invitational hosted by Division I Louisiana Tech. The Muleriders took home 28 top-five finishes, including four event wins.

SAU took both the men and women’s high jump events, with Richard Barkhimer and Courtney Williams taking first, respectively.

Barkimer won his event with a jump of 2.00 meters and Williams with a jump of 1.71 meters.

The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Shonquil Atkins, Tyrenzo Banks, Ka’Ronce Higgins and Addison Ross finished a full second faster than hosts Louisiana Tech, with a time of 3:15.32, did.

Higgins also took first in the men’s 100-meter dash with a time of 10.69 meters. He edged out teammates Quincy Flowers, who finished second with a time of 10.87.

Higgins’ 10.69 is the third-best mark in the GAC this season, and Williams bested her 1.70-meter mark that was a school record as well as a Division II Provisional Qualifying mark.

Barkhimer also tied his conference-best mark and the men’s 4x400-meter relay team shaved off nearly two seconds from their previous conference-best time of 3:17.18.

Higgins, who finished third in the men’s 200-meter run, one one-hundredth of a second behind first place, improved on his conference-best mark in that event, which is also a Division II Provisional Qualifying mark.

Sinclair Pitts, who finished in the top five in the shot put, discus and hammer, improved on his previous season-high in the hammer throw by 1.90 meters. His 54.39 is second in the GAC this season.

Following this weekend’s competition, the Muleriders and Lady Muleriders will head to Shawnee, Okla., for the 2019 GAC Track & Field Championships April 18-19.

On April 27, the Leon Johnson Invitatioal at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La., will take place followed by the three-day NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Kingsville, Texas.

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