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College Track and Field: Kerjean shatters weight throw personal record at Oklahoma meet

Published On: Jan 25 2014 10:05:20 PM CST
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NORMAN, Okla. -

Senior Baptiste Kerjean launched the weight 62 feet, 6 inches (19.05 meters) in defeating seven competitors Saturday at Oklahoma's J.D. Martin Invitational.

Kerjean's throw was a personal best by more than two feet and is the third best mark in Abilene Christian history. His previous record of 60-6.5 (18.45m) was recorded Feb. 2, 2013 at the Texas Tech Red Raider Open and qualified him for the NCAA D-II Championships, where he placed 11th.

The only two Wildcats ranked higher than Kerjean in this event are Glenn Griffin, who set the varsity record of 65-0 (19.81m) in March of 1997 and Cliff Felkins, who held the school record for the better part of a decade after registering a toss of 63-4 (19.30m) in Lubbock in 1987.

Kerjean recorded his winning throw on his first attempt and then hit 60-11 (18.58m) on his second try before fouling on his final four attempts. Oklahoma freshman Charles Nguyen placed a distant second with a top effort of 57-1 (17.40m), while Wildcat sophomore Jelani Rainey was third (52-7.5 / 16.04m) and senior Aaron Bynum came in seventh (46-7.5 / 14.21m). 

In the shot put, sophomore Joshua Bloom placed third behind Oklahoma's Austin Perry and Tyler Sergent with a personal indoor record of 50-9.5 (15.48). Bloom recorded his top throw on his third attempt, which was five feet further than his best from 2013 (45-7 / 13.89m).

On the track, freshman Ramesheon Marine tied her personal best in the prelims of the 60-meter hurdles with a fifth-place time of 8.90 seconds and sophomore Luke Woods just missed cracking the school's all-time top-10 performance list with his 60 hurdle mark of 8.56. Davy Manga currently occupies the 10th-fastest time in ACU history at 8.53 seconds.

Woods finished fourth overall in the hurdles and recorded a shot put PR of 39-7 (12.06m).

Marine came in third in the long jump with a distance of 17-00.50 (5.19m), placing behind Oklahoma freshman Aatiyah Henry (17-6.75 / 5.35m) and Central Oklahoma senior Madison Berryman (17-4 / 5.28m).

The Wildcats return to action next Friday and Saturday for the Masked Rider Open hosted by Texas Tech.

ACU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Women 800-meter run

8.) Emily Hill - 2:30.90

Women 60-meter hurdle prelims

5.) Ramesheon Marine - 8.90 (T-PR)     

11.) Taylor Yantis - 9.51

Women 60-meter hurdle finals

7.) Ramesheon Marine - 9.19

Men 60-meter hurdle prelims

4.) Jeremy Tatham - 8.62

5.) Luke Woods - 8.66

Men 60-meter hurdle finals

4.) Luke Woods  - 8.56 [PR]

6.) Jeremy Tatham - 8.60

Women High Jump

6.) Ramesheon Marine - 5-02.25 (1.58m)

7.) Taylor Yantis - 5-00.25 (1.53m)

Women Long Jump

3.) Ramesheon Marine - 17-00.50 (5.19m)   

11.) Taylor Yantis - 15-08.25 (4.78m) 

Men Long Jump

6.) Jeremy Tatham - 20-01.75 (6.14m)   

Men Shot Put

3.) Joshua Bloom -  50-09.50 (15.48m) [PR]  

7.) Luke Woods - 39-07.00 (12.06m) [PR]  

8.) Jeremy Tatham - 29-09.25 (9.07m)   

Women Weight Throw  

5.) Shalania Lakey - 53-05.50 (16.29m)   

8.) Lauren Hartwick - 51-05.00 (15.67m) 

Men Weight Throw

1.) Baptiste Kerjean - 62-06.00 (19.05m) [PR]  

3.) Jelani Rainey - 52-07.50 (16.04m)   

7.) Aaron Bynum  -  46-07.50 (14.21m)  

Information provided by ACU athletics department.