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March 29, 2021
Shawnee, OK | Davyon Collins
The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lions track team headed to Shawnee, OK for the OBU Invite.  The annual two-day event was highlighted by an early season decathlon. This year's meet finished just before a major storm arrived, although winds of 15-25 mph were present all weekend, that did not stop the Lions from setting 9 new school records and 20 personal bests. The men's squad saw five school records fall over the weekend--100m, 200m, 400m, 110 hurdles, and the decathlon. Winston Griffith started the weekend off on Friday afternoon with an impressive 100m Dash in the time of 11.14, the run was worth 830 points in the decathlon. Over the 10 events in two days, Griffith won the 100m Dash and the Discus Throw, and finished Top 3 in 8 of the 10 events. Griffith finished with 5594 points and is ranked 3rd nationally in the NAIA! The Lady Lions traveled a trio of throwers to OBU and left with one event title, two event runners-up, and a Top-3 finish! The group was led by Sophomore transfer, ShaQuoria Thompson, who made her presence known in her SAGU debut. Thompson, began the weekend with an impressive 45.49m hammer throw and took the event title home on her final throw!  On Saturday, Thompson finished second in both the Shot Put and Discus with throws of 12.41m and 37.72m, respectively.  She currently is nationally ranked 18th in the Shot Put, 24th in the Hammer, and 36th in the Discus.
Lions Racers
  • Joshua Allen set the school record in the 100-meter for the 2nd weekend in a row with a time of 10.81s
  • In the 110 Hurdles Charles Pulliam finished 3rd and Colton Thurman finished 5th
  • Nicholas Henderson finished 2nd in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.19s
  • Karrington Pierce finished 6th in the 200-meter dash (22.21s)
Women's action
  • Gabriella Anato improved her Javelin school record by over 3 meters with a launch of 27.35m and finished 3rd in a very competitive field
Covarrubias Corner
  • "I cannot begin to express how excited I am about this young team.  We have been looking forward to this weekend for a long time because the OBU Invite is always a tough meet, however, the wind minimized national qualifying opportunities.  That was a bit of a bummer, but across the board, we had national qualifying effort and once the elements cooperate the marks will be hit!  Even still, we are not far off and that is exciting!  Quori (Shaquoria Thompson) really showed out in her debut after nearly two years with no competitions.  Our top men produced like we expected as Josh, Nick and KP took down open records in the 100, 200 and 4.  I am also very impressed with some of the others that didn't break records but improved, Colton Thurman ran two good races (100h and 400h), Charles got into the 15s in the 110 hurdles, and Dylan smoked that 200m!  We are coming along nicely!"
The Next Step
  • The Lions will compete in Texas A&M Commerce University Invite on Saturday, April 10th in Commerce, TX

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