COLUMBIA, Mo. — No. 9 Lincoln (Mo.) set two meet records at the Missouri Collegiate Challenge on Friday, ending the regular season on a high note for the Blue Tigers. Lincoln won two races and posted five other top-10 finishes at the meet, hosted by Division I Missouri and featuring all in-state schools.
Jermaine Blake had the top individual performance, winning the 800-meter run in 1:57.19, .08 better than the previous best of 1:57.27, set in 2009 by Missouri Baptist’s Steve Bender. Blake beat out six other runners to claim the victory.
Lincoln’s other record-setting performance came in the 1,600-meter relay, where the foursome of Rashawn Hugg, Orain McLeggon, Daniel Thomas and Jean-Pierre Touissant defeated six other teams to win the race in 3:18.73. That time beat out the previous meet record of 3:22.37, set by host Missouri in 2009.
Terel Cotton had the next highest finish for LU, taking second in the 200-meter dash at 22:18. That event was the only one of the day in which Lincoln captured two top-10 finishes, as Hugg placed sixth with a time of 23.04.
Morris Henderson claimed second in the finals of the 60-meter dash, turning in a time of 6.89. That time ranks as the sixth-best in the MIAA this season and is an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying time.
Among the other notable finishes of the day for the Blue Tigers were McLeggon taking sixth in the long jump (6.80m), Touissant placing seventh in the 600-yard dash (1:15.37) and Aaron Wilmore coming in eighth in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles (8.96).