Abilene Christian University track and field has a lot to deal with right now. Two weeks ago, head coach Keith Barnier was relieved of his duties, effective immediately. That was with four meets remaining in the season, perhaps creating uncertainty among scholarship students who had been been recruited and groomed by Barnier.
On top of that, Saint Lucian standouts Corneil Lionel and Rosen Daniel are both on the mend from injuries sustained earlier in the season. But both competed at Oklahoma’s John Jacobs Invitational in Norman.
The ACU men placed fourth of eight NCAA DI schools with 80 points. Oklahoma won the team championship in a field that included competition from Wichita State, UT Arlington, Oral Roberts, North Texas, Tulsa, Nebraska Omaha and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
In the men’s 4x400m relay, the Wildcats clipped Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the finish line, 3:12.76 to 3:12.80, thanks to the efforts of Devan Brown, Rosen, Samuel Garcia and Deandre McBride. Rosen also had a good showing in the 400m dash, placing fifth of 32 runners in 46.74.
Corneil, meanwhile, ran 10.75 seconds in the men’s 100m, with no wind. He was 12th overall.
The Wildcats have two meets scheduled in the coming week.