Outdoor Track & Field Preview: Edward Waters

Outdoor Track & Field Preview: Edward Waters

By GCAC Sports Information Director 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – All results below are from the 2019 outdoor season as 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19.

Head Coach: Le’Titia Parsons (Second Season)

Top Men’s Returners:

Jourdan Bell (Jr, Albany, Ga.)

Jacee Simon (Sr, Pompano Beach, Fla.)

Alexis Cliventz (So, Spring Valley, N.Y.)

Key Men’s Student-Athletes Lost:

Solomon Stevens (GCAC Runner-Up in 800m and 1500m / third in GCAC in 4x400m relay)

Farrin Brownlowe (NAIA Runner-Up in high jump)

Gerron Lewis (GCAC Runner-Up in javelin throw / fifth in GCAC in 3000m steeplechase)

Top Men’s Newcomers:

Isaiah Fowler (Jr.)

Anthony Walker (Fr.)

Antwan Freeman (Fr.)

Top Women’s Returners:

Zyshai Brown (Jr, West Palm Beach, Fla.)

Sabrina Sclater (So, Orlando, Fla.)

Tiara Taylor (So, Miami, Fla.)

Key Women’s Student-Athletes Lost:

Davia Chin (GCAC Runner-Up in high jump / third in GCAC in 4x400m relay / eighth in GCAC in 400 hurdles)

Jada Gammage (Third in GCAC in 4x800m relay / sixth in GCAC in hammer throw and discus throw / seventh in GCAC in 800m)

Emoni Freeman (West Palm Beach, Fla.)

Top Women’s Newcomers:

Alicia Dugan (Fr.)

Laelani Nesmith (Fr.)

Caitlin Willis (Fr.)

The Edward Waters College Outdoor Track & Field program is the five-time reigning champion on the men’s side while the women were the runner-up in 2019.Coach Parsons led the men to a third place finish at the 2020 GCAC Cross Country Championships whereas the women came in fourth.

The Tigers will have key contributors back from all classes as sophomore Alexis Cliventz, junior Jourdan Bell and senior Jacee Simon look to lead the orange and purple to yet another conference title.

Bell has had a decorated career so far at EWC, as he is the current GCAC Champion in the 400 hurdles (59.46), the GCAC Runner-Up for the 110 hurdles (15.47) and 4x100m relay (42.58) plus fourth place in the high jump (1.70m). One of his 400 hurdle times placed among the NAIA B’s top-30 clips during the entire season at 54.49 seconds.

Simon is a stellar field performer, finishing as the Conference Runner-Up with a 1.90m high jump to go along with slotting in at fourth for the triple jump (12.79m) as well as claiming seventh in the long jump (6.11m). He also tallied points for running a 19.44-second 110 hurdles to log seventh place.

Cliventz specializes in throwing objects far distances and he is among the league’s elite. The New York native won the GCAC Championship for the javelin throw (37.87m), was the runner-up in the discus throw (40.82m), fourth for the hammer throw (24.37m) and fifth in the shot put (10.81m).

The men will see newcomers in the form of junior Isaiah Fowler plus freshmen Anthony Walker and Antwan Freeman.

Fowler competed in the 2020 GCAC Cross Country Championships, running a time of 35:42.30 to place inside the top-20.

Walker followed up with a spot among the top-25 runners, posting a mark of 39:19.90.

The Lady Tigers have a trio of studs in their own right back in the fold including junior Zyshai Brown along with sophomores Sabrina Sclater and Tiara Taylor.

Brown was crowned the GCAC Champion in the long jump (5.35m), helped the 4x100m relay team earn the Runner-Up nod (49.01) and came in third in the conference with a top-30 time among all NAIA B runners in the 100m (12.09). Along with those accomplishments, she won bronze for her role on the 4x400m relay squad (4:29.60), fifth in the 200m (25.56) and posted a top-25 distance in the long jump (5.67m) for the entire NAIA B Division.

Sclater also ran on the GCAC Runner-Up 4x100m relay team, got sixth in the 800m (2:51.48) and eighth for the 400m (1:02.70).

Taylor has shown off her expert leaping prowess in the past, winning the GCAC Championship with a 10.97m triple jump, had another triple jump event that placed inside the NAIA B’s top-35 (5.03m) and garnered the bronze for the long jump (5.03m).

The women have seen three freshmen already make their collegiate debuts on the cross country trail as Alicia Dugan, Laelani Nesmith and Caitlin Willis ran at Choctaw Trails in Clinton.

Dugan ran at a Top-20 clip at the GCAC Cross Country Championships at 29:52.84.

Nesmith and Willis both claimed top-25 finishes, posting times of 35:01.56 and 35:25.06, respectively.

EWC does not currently have its schedule posted on its athletics website.

The final outdoor track & field preview will take place tomorrow with Xavier (La.).

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