T&F: Deacon, McKeever lead USCB in Daytona

Shamar Deacon and Iyana McKeever continued their stellar spring Friday and Saturday, breaking a pair of program records to lead USCB in the Spikes Classic at the ERAU Track and Field Complex in Daytona Beach. 

Deacon brought home two gold medals for the Sand Sharks in a dazzling performance. The freshman dominated the men’s 800m on Friday, posting a time of 1:56.23 and beating the runner-up by nearly a full second. Deacon followed up the victory with a record-shattering performance on Saturday, earning gold in the 400m with a sizzling 47.91 and besting a program mark that stood since 2018. 

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McKeever shined again in the women’s triple jump, recording a leap of 12.57m to take first place and defeating runner-up Miyah Ford by over a meter. The tremendous jump set a USCB program record, breaking McKeever’s own mark that she set in the 2019 Sun Conference Championships. 

Kadari Mitchell put together a fantastic weekend on both the track and field, earning medals in three events. The junior posted a 6.77m long jump on his third attempt to notch a silver medal, a third-place finish in the 100m with a personal record of 10.78 seconds,  and another runner-up result in the 200m at 21.71s. 

Andrew Smith captured bronze in the men’s pole vault by clearing a height of 4.05m, and freshman Jay King took third in the men’s 3k steeplechase with a time of 10:42.57. 

USCB heads up to Columbia on April 10 to compete in the Gamecock Invitational for its final tune-up meet before the Sun Conference Championships. 

By Wes Kerr

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