ACCC’s Parker, Young are Region VI champs

Red Devils win five indoor Jayhawk East event titles

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Cameron Parker
Isiah Young
Keythra Richards
Angelica Larrier

Cameron Parker flew into the top spot in men’s indoor triple jump last weekend. The freshman from Nassau, Bahamas became the top-ranked triple jumper in junior college ranks with his NJCAA Region VI championship leap of 56 feet, 6 1/4 inches.
Parker won the regional and the Jayhawk Eastern Division championship with his finish at the Region VI/Jayhawk Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Manhattan. Parker’s distance also broke the ACCC mark, 49’6 1/4”, which he set earlier this season.
But wait there’s more.
Freshman Isiah Young of Junction City gave ACCC a second Region VI championship. Young took the gold medal in the 60-meter dash in 6.72 seconds, which also made him Jayhawk East champion. Young moved into the No. 2 spot in the NJCAA men’s 60-meter dash ranks.
Young established a new ACCC record in the race. The previous ACCC mark was 6.857 seconds set by Philip Redrick in 2007.
Young finished second in the Region VI 200-meter dash in 22.15 seconds, which made him the Jayhawk East champion. He also moved into 11th place on the NJCAA 200-meter list.
But wait again, there’s more.
The ACCC women got into the act. No Region VI championships but three Jayhawk East event titles.
Keythra Richards, a freshman from the Bahamas, is the Jayhawk East champion in the triple jump and long jump. Richards was third overall in the region in the triple jump at 37’7 1/4” and fourth overall in the long jump at 17’11 3/4”.
Richards’ distances also displaced teammate Post-enea Louisjuene, a freshman from Wachula, Fla., as the ACCC record holder. Louisjuene had set the marks of 36’1 1/4 and 17’8 1/4”, respectively, earlier this season.
Louisjuene took 13th in the Region VI long jump at 16’3 3/4”, which was seventh in the Jayhawk East. She did not compete at the Region VI in the triple jump.
Richards is ranked eighth nationally in the triple jump and 16th in the long jump. Louisjuene is listed as 11th in the triple jump in the nation and 17th in the nation in long jump.
Freshman Angelica Larrier, who holds the school marks in the 60-meter dash and 400-meter dash, is the Jayhawk East 60-meter dash champion. She ran the race in 7.6 seconds, which was third overall in Region VI. Larrier, who is from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., is ranked eighth in the nation in the 60-meter dash.
Larrier finished third in the Jayhawk East in the 200-meter dash and was sixth in the region.
Allen County’s men finished ninth as a team in the Region VI meet. The ACCC women were 10th as a team.
Sophomore Maresa Cuevas, who is from Paola, placed ninth in the women’s 3,000-meter run in 11 minutes, 41.49 seconds. She was 10th in the mile run in 5:48.52. Cuevas was fifth in both races among Jayhawk East runners.
Kelsey Wilson, a sophomore from Arma, was 16th overall in the 3,000-meter run in 13:07.77. That was ninth in Jayhawk East.
For the ACCC men, freshman DeAndre Simmons of Norfolk, Va., and sophomore Selwyn Tatum of Longview, Texas, ran in the 60-meter dash. Simmons ran eighth overall in 7.01 seconds and fifth in Jayhawk East. Tatum was 18th overall in 7.12 seconds and 11th in Jayhawk East.
Tatum placed 12th overall in the 200-meter dash in 23.13 seconds, which was seventh in the Jayhawk East. In the 600-meter run, freshman Jean Frenot, Wachula, Fla., was 15th overall, seventh among Jayhawk East runners in 1:26.72.
D. Simmons was fourth overall, second in Jayhawk East in the 400-meter dash in 51.05 seconds. Teammates Antonio Burnett, a freshman from Pine Bluff, Ark., and Andrew Cooper, a sophomore from Eureka Springs, Ark., ran 18th and 19th in the 400 meters in 53.06 and 53.38, respectively. They were eighth and ninth in the Jayhawk East.
Freshman Marwin Simmons of Wachula, Fla., was eighth the long jump in Region VI, fourth in Jayhawk East, with a leap of 22’11 1/4”.
Freshman Steven Dodson of Kearney, Mo., ran the mile in 4:54.50 for 14th overall and ninth in the Jayhawk East. Dodson was 16th overall, 12th in Jayhawk East in the 3,000 meters in 9:57.06.
At least 12 Allen County athletes have qualified for next weekend’s NJCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships. The national meet is at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.