Courtney Haywood shattered the Rend Lake College school record in the hammer throw during the Pacesetter Invitational, hosted by Indiana State University Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15. RLC’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams also qualified for nationals at the event.
Haywood (Blackjack, Mo.) threw for 50.99 meters (167 feet, 3 inches), besting the previous school record of 47.81 meters (156 feet, 10 inches) set by Ben Kirkpatrick at the 2005 NJCAA finals. Haywood’s throw was enough to land him sixth place in the event.
As a two-year program competing at the event, RLC did not figure in team standings.
RLC’s 4x100-meter relay team qualified for nationals after it won that event with a time of 41.65 seconds, ahead of Eastern Illinois University’s time of 42.13 seconds. The Warrior team was made up of Charles Howell (Plainfield), Calvin Wallace Jr. (Milwaukee, Wis.), Roderick Jenkins Jr. (Olympia Fields) and John Beals (Dolton).
Also qualifying for nationals was the 4x400-meter relay team, which finished third with a time of 3:14.09. Host ISU won that event at 3:11.42, followed in second place by Purdue University at 3:12.86. RLC’s team was comprised of Eric Alberter (Belleville), Anthony Flournoy (Gary, Ind.), Beals and Durano Griffith (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Rend Lake College’s “B” team placed fifth in the 4x400 with a time of 3:20.52. Warriors Kurt Hiemann (Breese), Shannon Sherrer (Vineland, N.J.), Duran Griffith (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Tyyon Neal (Lafayette, Ind.) made up that team.
Dwayne Brisco (Indianapolis, Ind.) was fifth in the shot put with a throw of 14.65 meters (48 feet, 0.75 inches), and teammate Adam Major (Decatur) was seventh with a launch of 13.89 meters (45 feet, 7 inches).
Howell placed third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.97 seconds, and Wallace was fifth at 11.22. In the 200-meter dash, Beals was third at 21.90 seconds. Alberter took fifth place in the 800-meter run at 1:53.79, and Duran Griffith took fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.67 seconds.
Wallace took second place in the long jump with a leap of 7.23 meters (23 feet, 8.75 inches), and teammate Dwayne Harriott (Kitchener, Canada) took second in the triple jump at 14.08 meters (46 feet, 2.5 inches). Taking fourth in the triple jump was Jason Bell (Park Forest) with a jump of 13.58 meters (44 feet, 6.75 inches). In the high jump, Tommy Bryan III (Centralia) was tied for fourth with a jump of 1.95 meters (6 feet, 4.75 inches).