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Brian Knippen won the shot put and placed second in the discus.
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Track and Field Compete at Mississippi State

April 16, 2005

Starkville, MS - The Redhawk Track and Field team traveled to the annual Jace Lacoste Invitational held at Mississippi State. Competing along with Southeast were Alabama's men, Alabama-Huntsville, Arkansas State, Barry College, Bevill State's women, Birmingham Southern, Jacksonville State's women, Memphis, Mississippi College, Samford, Southern Miss and UAB women's. The Jace Lacoste Invitational is named in honor of Mississippi State's late all-SEC decathlete and team captain, who was killed in a 1995 automobile accident. The first Jace Lacoste Invitational was held on March 30, 1996, and has been held annually since then.

For the men, Brian Knippen had great performances, winning the shot put (58'2.5") and placing second in the discus (163'8"). Brian Whitehead was also a winning, having the fastest time in the 3000m steeplechase with 9:30.70.

Just short of a win, several athletes placed second in their event including Miles Smith in the 400 (46.05), Chaz Brown in the 800 (1:52.89) and Alonzo Nelson in the 400m hurdles (52.86). Jason Theodorakos placed third in the javelin with a throw of 171'01".

Only 13 of the Redhawk women competed on Saturday. Coming in second were Donniece Parrish in the 200 (24.38), Colleen Burke in the 5000m (18:27.38), and Nichole Portell in the shot (46'5.75"). Third place finishes went to Kathy Coleman in the 100m hurdles (14.66), Michele Jett in the pole vault (11'0"), and the 4X100m relay team (46.51) consisting of Nyisha Porter, LaQuita Andrews, Kathy Coleman, and Donniece Parrish.



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