In one word, senior runner Anthony Hall described his teammates on the Grambling State University’s men’s indoor track and field team as serious.
And how could they not be? The men’s team won the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship this past weekend in Birmingham, AL., and out of the last five league championships, the Tigers have now won four.
Also, their Olympic head coach, Bertram Lovell, has won this years coach of the year honors for the third consecutive time and his fourth honor in five years.
“It’s no joke when we get out there,” said Hall, who placed third in the high jump. “It’s all fun and play when we’re not running, but when it’s time to go compete it’s serious no playing.”
The Tigers amassed a total of 98 points as a team and several outstanding individual performances. Jamael McTear came in first place in the 400-m with a time of 48.20, while finishing third in the 200 meters with a time of 21.67.
McTear wasn’t the only Tiger with a first place finish during the weekend. Darius Taylor came in first place in the 800-m with a time of 1:55.78.
Kameron Cowan had two second place finishes during the meet. He finished the 200-m with a time of time of 21.11, while finishing in a tie with Mississippi Valley’s Jatarius Harris running the 60 meters in 6.76 seconds
Darrius Davis also placed in the meet finishing third in the 300-m huddles crossing the line with a time of 8.10. The Tigers will get ready for Outdoor season, which will be coming up in just a few weeks from now.
“It feels good, very very good,” said Cowan on winning another SWAC title. “We all strive to win SWAC again and make it nationals and regionals.”