Lady Knights to Receive NAIA Track Championship Rings

Legendary Track Coach Artis Davenport to Attend Ring Ceremony

The Lady Knights of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) will receive NAIA Track Championship rings during a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 in the SUNO Conference Center.


Legendary SUNO Athletic Director & Track Coach Artis Davenport is expected to attend the event. Coach Davenport led the track team to its first national championship in 1997. He will be inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in December. In addition, Coach Davenport is the grandfather of New Orleans Saints Defensive End Marcus Davenport.


Other special guests at the ceremony will include speaker Ro Brown, sports director at WBOK-AM, and Ron Davenport, Marcus’ father.


The Lady Knights won the 2018 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Outdoor Track & Field Championship May 24-26 in Gulf Shores, AL. The team of eight (Shadae Hylton, Kerry Ann Scott, Oshin Brooks-Gillings, Chantal Pennie, Argyana Bolton, Xuxa Peart, Kimona Smikle, Shantae Green) won with 64 points, including first place in the 4x400m relay, 200m, 400m hurdles, 400m and second place in the 100m and 4x100m relay.


Coached by Younne Reid, the Lady Knights brought home SUNO's first national track championship in 21 years. For his efforts, Coach Reid received National Coach of the Year honors.


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