Red Devils set for nationals

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Thirteen of the 17 qualifiers for the 2009 NJCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships from Allen County Community College are ready for their trip to Texas this weekend. Red Devil qualifiers are (left to right), back row, Marwin Simmons, Jonathan Juin, DeAndrea Simmons, Selwyn Tatum, Jean Felix Frenot, Casey Canada; front row, Maresa Cuevas, Angelica Larrier, Cameron Parker, Isiah Young, Keythra Richards, Antonio Burnett, Postenea Louisjuene. Not pictured: Carlyle Thompson, Stephen Dodson, Kelsey Wilson and Sarah Roether.

Cameron Parker takes the No. 1 ranking in men’s triple jump into this weekend’s 2009 NJCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Parker is a a freshman from Nassau, Bahamas, at Allen County Community College. He extended the ACCC triple jump record he owns to 51 feet, 6 1/4 inches in winning the Region VI and Jayhawk Eastern Division titles two weeks ago.
That’s the leap that put him in the top spot. The No. 2 spot distance is 50’10”.
Parker is joined by 16 other Allen County teammates, who have qualified for events at the national meet. The meet is hosted by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Allen County has 12 athletes ranked in the top 25 of their events going into the competition.
Isiah Young, a freshman from Junction City, is another Region VI/Jayhawk East champion for ACCC. He sits No. 2 in the nation in the 60-meter dash plus is tied for 13th in the 200-meter dash.
Young set a school record in winning the 60 meters at the regional meet in 6.72 seconds.

ON THE WOMEN’S side, Allen County has the eighth-ranked 60-meter runner in freshman Angelica Larrier of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She was the Jayhawk East champion in the 60 meters in 7.66 seconds.
Keythra Richards, a freshman from the Bahamas, was the Jayhawk East champion in both the long jump (17’11 3/4”) and the triple jump (37’7 1/4”). Both distances were school records.
Richards is ranked eighth in the triple jump and teammate Postenea Louisjuene, a freshman from Wachula, Fla., is ranked 11th. Richards is ranked 16th in the long jump while Louisjuene is 17th in high jump.
Larrier is ranked 22nd in the women’s 200 meters. Richards has also qualified in the 200.
Sophomores Maresa Cuevas of Parsons and Kelsey Wilson of Arma have qualified in the 3,000-meter run. Also qualified for the nationals is freshman Sarah Roether from Louisburg.

BACK TO THE MEN, at last Thursday’s Cowley County Last Chance meet in Arkansas City, Selwyn Tatum moved to 17th in the 200-meters in 21.98 seconds. Tatum, a sophomore from Longview, Texas, is also qualified in the 400-meters.
DeAndre Simmons, a freshman from Norfolk, Va., improved his qualifying time in the 200 to 21.77 seconds at Cowley County. That moved him to the No. 10 ranking. He is qualified for the 400-meters also, as are freshmen Jean Frenot of Wachula, Fla., and Carlyle Thompson of the Bahamas.
The ACCC men’s 4x400-meter relay team posted a time of 3 minutes, 18.69 seconds at Cowley County. The team of D. Simmons, Frenot, sophomore Casey Canada of Hot Springs, Ark., and freshman Antonio Burnett of Pine Bluff, Ark., qualified and are ranked 12th going into the meet.
Frenot is also qualified in the 600-yard run.
Sophomore Jonathan Juin has come back from an injury ready to run at the national meet. Juin, who is from Atlanta, Ga., qualified in the 60 meters earlier in the season. He is ranked 19th.
Also qualified in distance races is freshman Stephen Dodson of Kearney, Mo.