Shaiann Charles, a junior from Trinidad and Tobago, was joined by a pair of freshmen, Kara Grant from Jamaica and Reshaun Fridie from New Iberia, Louisiana; as the three of them competed at the NAIA Championships.
Charles wrapped up her junior season by becoming the first Lady Wildcat to compete in the discus. Her second throw went a distance of 40.88 meters. Throughout the season, Charles won the Red River Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week award three times.
Grant finished 14th overall in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.98. She two was named conference track athlete of the week three times. She also won the conference championship in both the 800-meter and the 1,500-meter runs.
Fridie’s left his best mark on the season with a long jump of 6.63 meters. His freshman season saw him wearn two conference field athletes of the week awards as he took home all-conference honors in both the long jump and the triple jump.
The success came in spite of the fact that a coaching change was made in the middle of the school year.
“I’m very proud, considering we got a late start on everything,” said Lamark Carter, who took over as head track coach in February. “We really didn’t have a fall training together so we were able to come through in about 12 weeks of getting ready for competition, so I’m extremely proud.”
Carter added his team is excited about the future and what the program can accomplish with a full year under its belt.
“The future looks great,” Carter said. “We’ve been on the recruiting trail and trying to bring in more athletes to have a bigger team. To finish third on the ladies’ side with six girls, I thought that was awesome. I think they’re looking forward to it. They didn’t get a chance to go through a fall training. So having a full year with me, and me having a full year with them, I think we’re going to get a lot accomplished. We had to do a rush job last year before track season and now we’ll have a full year.”