Outdoor Track & Field Season Preview: Xavier (La.)
By GCAC Sports Information Director
NEW ORLEANS, La. – All results below are from the 2019 outdoor season as 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19.
Head Coach: Yhann Plummer (Third Season)
Top Men’s Returners:
· Edward Angel (Sr, Fulshear, Texas)
· Jordan Ashmore (Jr, Cedar Hill, Texas)
· Thomas Donald (Jr, Memphis, Tenn.)
Key Men’s Student-Athletes Lost:
· Khalil Gallien (GCAC Champion in 110m hurdles / second in GCAC in 4x400m relay)
· Shane Buchanan (GCAC Champion in 1,500m, 5,000m, 10,000m, 3,000m steeplechase and 4x800m relay)
Top Men’s Newcomers:
· Santerrius Barlow (Sr, Griffin, Ga.)
· Jeffrey Frazier (So, Many, La.)
· Chase Roberts (Fr, Milwaukee, Wis.)
Top Women’s Returners:
· Emerald Carter (So, Cypress, Texas)
· Ariel Ford (Jr, Mansfield, Texas)
· Jada McBean (So, Kingston, Jamaica)
Key Women’s Student-Athletes Lost:
· Taylor Price (GCAC Champion in 5,000m, 10,000m & 4x800m relay / GCAC Runner-Up in 1,500m)
· Ry-Anne Riley (GCAC Runner-Up in 4x400m relay / sixth in GCAC in 200m / eighth in GCAC in 100m)
· Shalysa Wray (GCAC Champion in 100m and 400m / GCAC Runner-Up in 200m and 4x400m relay)
Top Women’s Newcomers:
· Ebone Stingley (So, Omaha, Neb.)
· Destiny Tolliver (So, Oakland, Calif.)
· Zhanye Vines (Fr, Burlington, N.J.)
The Xavier University of Louisiana Outdoor Track & Field program has seen the women capture the past three conference titles while the men are looking to start its own streak.
Coach Plummer was in his first year at the helm when the Gold Nuggets won its last championship at the end of the 2019 season and he took home the GCAC Women’s Coach of the Year for his effort.
The Gold Rush return a trio of upper-classmen in senior Edward Angel plus juniors Jordan Ashmore and Thomas Donald.
Angel is the GCAC Champion in the high jump (1.95m) and also produced a top-25 leap in the NAIA B for the high jump as well (2.02m).
Ashmore guided the 4x800m relay team to a GCAC Championship with a time of 9:24.12, was the Conference Runner-Up in the 4x400m relay (3:28.42), earned seventh in the 200m (23.42) and eighth for the 400m.
Donald claimed the GCAC crown in the shot put with a toss of 12.32 and garnered fifth in the GCAC for the discus throw (37.69m).
The men will see two transfers make their debuts in gold and green with senior Santerrius Barlow and sophomore Jeffery Frazier along with incoming freshman Chase Roberts.
Barlow is a Union College (Ky.) transfer who qualified for the 2020 NAIA Indoor Championships where he claimed eighth in the 200m (23.61) and helped his 4x400m relay capture the silver in the Appalachian Conference Championships (3:23.56).
Frazier comes from an NCAA Division One school in Northwestern State where he won the triple jump at the SFA Carl Knight Invitational Champion (14.30) and came in ninth with a 14.54m high jump at the Southland Conference Championships.
Roberts ran in the 400m in three different meets, claiming third at the Dorothy Dawson Invitational (50.87), fourth at the Arkansas HS Invitational (49.66) and had a personal-record of 49.52 in the UK HS Invitational while competing with the Milwaukee Mustangs Club in high school.
The Gold Nuggets will rely on a pair of sophomores in Emerald Carter and Ebone Stingley as well as junior standout Ariel Ford in the program’s quest for a fourth straight championship.
Carter was a Louisiana Freshman of the Year nominee last year and qualified for the NAIA A Indoor Championships in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.98 and placed 19th in the preliminaries.
Ford posted a top-25 time in the NAIA B to go along with a third place finish in the GCAC with a 24.79 in the 200m. She also had a top-25 NAIA B clip in the 400m (56.96), got fourth in the conference for the same event (57.18) and garnered fifth in the GCAC for the 100m (12.33).
McBean placed fifth at the 2020 LSU Twilight indoor meet in both the 60 hurdles (7.75) and 200m (26.27).
The women will have a NCAA Division One transfer of their own in sophomore Destiny Tolliver, fellow sophomore Ebone Stingley and freshman field phenom Zhanye Vines on the squad this season.
Stingley ran personal-bests in the 60 hurdles (7.89) and 200m (25.74) while coming in ninth place for each event at the 2020 Nebraska Tune-Up as a senior in high school.
Tolliver is a former Southern Utah Thunderbird and was second in the 60 hurdles at the Mountain State Games last season.
Vines was the 2020 Indoor NJSIAA Sectional Champion in the shot put and posted a personal-record throw of 11.6m in a separate shot put event while at Camden Catholic High School in New Jersey.
XULA will open up its 2021 outdoor campaign in the Louisiana Classics at Lafayette, Louisiana from March 19-21.