Loney wins SWAC individual title, AAMU student-athletes earn all-conference honors at track & field championships


PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Danice Loney enjoyed a record-setting campaign during her sophomore season with the Alabama A&M women's track and field season.
Tue May 7, 2019
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Danice Loney enjoyed a record-setting campaign during her sophomore season with the Alabama A&M women's track and field season.

That trend continued at the SWAC Outdoor Championships.

Loney cleared 3.51m in the pole vault, tying her school record and personal best while claiming the SWAC individual title.

"God is so good and this is just the beginning," Loney said. "I am beyond blessed to say that the hard work is finally paying off.  I have gone from a 3rd place finish to 2nd indoors and now I am a SWAC Champion outdoors.

"It has been a lot of ups and downs and I'm so thankful that Coach Jones, my teammates and the rest of the coaching staff.  I can not wait to see what is in store for me next season."

Alabama A&M track and field coach LaShaunda Jones praised Loney for her accomplishments this season.

"Danice is a hard worker who works day in and day out to improve on her craft and claiming the Gold medal is a well-deserved accomplishment for her," Jones said. "I look forward to see what is to come for her in the Pole Vault the next two years because of her dedication and determination."

The next event on the track saw the 4x100 meter relay team that consisted of Akia Slaughter, Terion Davis, Precious Haynes and Zy'Eisha Wilson claim a Silver Medal.  The group passed the baton around the track safely and finished with a time of 46.40 receiving 8 points for the event.

A pair of Lady Bulldogs joined their teammates as all-conference athletes by obtaining a Bronze medal in their individual events which added 12 total points to the team standings.  Diamond Griffin finished in the third place position in the Women's 800 meter run with a time of 2:14.23 and Akia Slaughter in the Women's 200 meter dash with a time of 24.24.

Newcomer Arryanna Dean barely missed being on the podium by one place finishing in the 4th place position in the Women's 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.37.

Terion Davis who was also a part of the 2nd place 4x100 relay team finished the Women's 400 meter dash finals in the 7th place position with a time of 56.20. 

The final track event for the Championship was the Women's 4x400 meter relay that consisted of Maya Davis, Terion Davis, Diamond Griffin and Autumn Locklin who added 5 more points with a 4th place finish.  The team battled all the way to the finish line running 3:45.66 which is a personal best for the team. 

In the Field, Sophia Madison who had a 4th place finish in the Women's Heptathlon on Saturday finished 7th in the Women's High jump with a jump of 1.55 meter (5'01) given the team a final 2 points.

"We were very small in numbers compared to the other teams at conference; however, I can honestly say that I am extremely proud of our team for what we did accomplish," Jones said. "Many people do not know all the trials and tribulations that this team has faced all year and to come out and the fight the way that they did this Championship makes me proud not only as their coach but also as an alumnus." 

"The ladies were challenge in the team meeting the night before the final day of competition to go out the following day and fight to move up in the team standings in which they accepted and fought a hard fight and moved up in the standings.  We had two freshman ladies (Jayla Neal and Ciarra Johnson) who qualified for the finals in their field events; however they finished right out of the top 8 places by finishing 9th.  Finally although the other members on the team did not score, they all accomplished personal events of the season in their individual events. Everyone gave 110% during the Championship and I can say that the coaching staff is moving the team in the right direction."