Todman Takes NJCAA Pent Lead; Wattley 4th in MEAC 60m


Kanishque Todman, left and Britney Wattley

FEBRUARY 20—Central Arizona College freshman Kanishque Todman shot to the top of the National Jr. College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Indoor Pentathlon rankings while Morgan State Jr. Britney Wattley—after missing the 200m final by .08 seconds—ran a 60m personal best to finish fourth in the MEAC Championships.

In just her second event, Todman tacked on 84 points to her debut total of 3,181 to finish with 3265 in winning the Arizona Relays on her home turf on Friday. The territory’s National Record holder who was 64 points behind Iowa Central’s Javona Ford, now leads her by 20 heading into the March 3-4, NJCAA Indoor Championships.

In picking up the additional 84 points from her debut, Todman knocked .04 off her 60m Hurdles, to finish in 9.54 seconds. She added 2” on her High Jump with a 1.50m (4’11”) clearance before throwing the Shot Put, 9.84m (32’3½”). In the Long Jump, Todman added six inches with her 5.55m (18’2½”) Long Jump leap and chopped four seconds off her 800m with a run of 2:36.78.

On Saturday, she won open Long Jump with an NJCAA Outdoor Championships qualifying leap of 5.58m (18’3¾”), to move past Rose Phillips into fifth place on the all time list in the event.

Also Saturday, Wattley ran a personal best of 7.61 seconds in the MEAC Championships 60m final to place fourth overall, helping Morgan State to a sixth place finish with 42 points. She had lowered her best to 7.62 in the semis. Wattley narrowly missing the 200m final by .08—the ninth fastest time overall—after she ran 25.10 seconds.

Central Arizona College sophomore Keron Stoute had a busy 2012 season debut competing in five events. He led off the winning 4x100m relay that ran 41.20 seconds, then slid past Rupert Solomon into third place behind Paul “On The Ball” Hewlette, on the all time 110m Hurdles list with a run of 16.76 seconds to finish fourth in his heat and ninth overall.

Stoute then turned his attention to the field events where he was 3rd in High Jump with a 2.00m (6’6¾”) leap. He was also 3rd in Javelin Throw, with a heave of 46.07m (151’2”) and 11th Shot Put after tossing the 16lb ball 11.27m (36’11¾”).

Elsewhere, Chantel Malone last week tuned up for the IAAF World Indoor Championships with a season’s best run of 53.51 seconds in the 400m. Malone has qualified for the World Indoor Championships in both the 400m and Long Jump events—matching the feat she did as a Junior in both events.

This weekend, Portland State duo of Karene King and Dominique Maloney will compete in the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships and Illinois’ Ashley Kelly in the Big 10 Conference, where she’s the reigning 400m indoor champion.