The University of the District of Columbia’s track and field team highlighted its trip to University of Maryland-College Park with a first place finish in the 4×400 meter relay race at the Kehoe Twilight Meet on May 3.
Junior Calister Jones, sophomore Kaydian Jones, freshman Kimoy Mais and senior Kaneesha Hollis teamed up to form UDC’s relay team, which went on to finish with a season best time of 3:51.98 despite almost colliding with another relay team that had dropped its baton right in front of UDC.
“It’s unfortunate the team from Holy Family had a dropped baton on the anchor leg directly in front of us,” UDC coach Alton McKenzie said. “It would have made for an even more competitive race and us running an even faster time. But I must say I’m very happy with the huge improvement from our last outing in the 4x400M. I’m looking forward to us lining up again and competing just as hard as we did today. I was very proud of how hard they competed today.”
Hollis and Jones also ran well in individual races; Hollis finished the 400 meter race in second place with a time of 56.3, while Jones followed in third place at 56.73.
“They are a great one-two punch and have shown it all season,” McKenzie said. “We’ll keep working hard to see if they can place themselves in the NCAA field for the 400M.”
Other strong contributors for UDC include sophomores Shauna-Kay Creary and Kaydian Jones. Creary placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 5.48 meters and Jones took third place with a jump of 5.20 meters. Both jumps were personal bests.
“It was great to see both ladies achieve personal best this time of the season,” McKenzie said. “I look forward to seeing if Kaydian can continue building on this momentum to attain an NCAA qualifying mark.”
According to UDC Sports Information, a few members from the school’s track and field team will continue to compete in at least one, possibly two more meets scheduled for May 12 in an attempt to qualify for the NCAA field.