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Chakisso Leads Tritons at Wichita State

by Josh Sandin
Posted on: 2/3/2014 11:59:16 AM

WICHITA, Kan. – Iowa Central sophomore Tahir Chakisso highlighted another spectacular weekend for the Iowa Central track and field program as he won a pair of events at the Varsity Apartments Invitational hosted by Wichita State University. The Tritons had 18 new national qualifiers and set a pair of school records.

Chakisso cruised to wins in the 800-meters (1:55.38) and the 5,000-meters (14:28.89) and also punched his ticket to the NJCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships which will be held in New York, N.Y., beginning on March 7.

In addition to Chakisso, Frankline Tonui (Mile, 4:14.67), Josh Prohaska (800-meters, 1:59.34), Isaac Lalang (3,000-meters, 8:51.04) and Darrius Brown (Pole Vault, 15-01.00) also qualified.

The men also continued to have success in the shot put as Allen Davis and Shaq Wells each broke the existing school record as the swept the top two spots in the event. Davis won with a throw of 53-06.5 – which is the new school record – and Wells was second with a 53-01.00 throw.

On the women’ side, Ariel Jackson and Hannah Maina qualified in a pair of events. Jackson won the 60-meters in 7.57 and was sixth in the 200-meters in 25.36. Maina qualified in both the 800-meters (2:23.60) and was one of the four Tritons that qualified in the 5,000-meters. Viola Kebenei set the school record with a second place finish in 17.37.07. Maina was third in 17:39.84, Aden Alemu was sixth in 18:27.92 and Cecilia David was seventh in 18:38.96.  

Elizabeth Dadzie also qualified in the Long Jump and she won the event with an 18-08.50 jump. Destiny Carter qualified in the 400-meters in 57.50 and finished third overall in the 200-meters in 24.98.

Jazmin Jackson (60-meters, 7.84), Adelaide Nkrumah (400-meters, 57.91) and Kianna Carter (800-meters, 2:25.47) also qualified.

Iowa Central is back in action again this weekend when it heads to Lincoln, Neb., for the Husker Invitational at the University of Nebraska and Storm Lake for the Buena Vista Invite.