When Kaprecia “Shy” Cowans and Reggie Shallowhorn had the opportunity for a brief reunion earlier this past week it brought together the most decorated female and male athlete in Jonesboro-Hodge High School sports history. One would think that would be a rare occasion, right? Wrong!
Actually, the pair who own more athletic records than anyone else in JHHS lore, has had the chance to catch up to each quite often during the NCAA indoor and outdoor track seasons over the past two years. That is because each now leaps for Louisiana, as in, the University of Louisiana -Lafayette (ULL) and the University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM).
What brought them to the same place this past week was the Sunbelt Conference Indoor Track Championship held at the Birmingham Complex in Birmingham, Alabama. While neither ULL or ULM won a team title both former Tigers represented well with a top ten and a top twenty finish.
Shallowhorn not only finished in the top ten but earned points for his ULM men’s squad by clearing 2.00 meters (6’56”) to place in a tie for sixth in the high jump. Cowans nearly finished in the top twenty in two events after leaping to a personal best 11.22 meters (36′ 9.75″) in the triple jump to finish 19th overall and 5.33 meters (17′ 6″) in the long jump to finish in 24th and second best on the ULL squad.
The pair, who are both majoring in Biology at their respective universities, are off to good starts in the 2021 Indoor Track season which has found both of them competing in more than one event, which is seldom seen on the university level and a great testament to their skills.
Cowans placed sixth and earned points in the long jump at the LSU Purple Tiger meet and the Arkansas State University Scarlett and Black Invitational and finished in 11th in the Jaguar Invitational where she also grabbed 15th in the triple jump before setting her best mark ever at the Sunbelt Indoor Championships. Her best mark in the long jump is 18′ 5.75″ which was set at the McNeese Indoor Invitational last year.
Shallowhorn began the season with a third place finish in the high jump at the LSU Purple Tiger and another third in the long jump at the LSU Louisiana Invitational with a personal best of 20′ 6.36″ where he also placed sixth in the high jump. That was followed by him coming in 9th at the USA Jaguar Invitational before his tie for 6th place at the Sunbelt Conference Indoor Championships. It was at the same event last year where he leaped 2.05 (6′ 7 1/4″) for his personal best.