Division II Track and Field: Day Three

May 28, 2005

ABILENE -- The Abilene Christian University men and the Lincoln University repeated as NCAA Division II outdoor national champions Saturday night at the championship meet at ACU's Elmer Gray Stadium.

The ACU men -- who won the title with 109 points, 25 better than runner-up Adams State -- captured their fourth straight outdoor championship and 15th NCAA Division II outdoor championship overall. The national title was ACU's 53rd overall national track and field championship.

The Lincoln women won their third straight national championship with 108 points to 53 points for runner-up Cal State-Bakersfield. The ACU women finished third with 45.50 points, while St. Augustine's was fourth with 42 points.

The ACU men got final-day victories from Nicodemus Naimadu (3000 steeplechase and 5000 meters), Marvin Essor (400 meters), Marvin Bien-Aime (200 meters) and in the 4x400 relay. The ACU women didn't have a national championship in the meet, but Trina Cox (3000 steeplechase) and Olha Kryv'yak (1500 meters) each finished second, while Angie Aguilar finished tied for third in the pole vault (12-6.00).

Earlier in the day in the throwing events, Cal State-Bakersfield continued its dominanation of those events with two more national championships in both the men's and women's hammer throws.

Senior Chris Figures -- the men's national athlete of the year -- dominated the field in the men's hammer throw as he won the competition with a mark of 213-5.00, 17 feet in front of runner-up Cole Sprague of Cal State-Stanislaus. Figures was part of Friday's historic shot-put competition, which saw him finish as the runner-up to Northwest Missouri State's Clint Prange.

On the women's side, April Burton -- the women's national athlete of the year -- won her second national championship of the meet with a win in the hammer. Burton beat teammate, Cecilia Barnes, with a throw of 205-11, while Barnes threw 191-1.00. CSUB's Casandra Kirk threw 180-7.00 to finish fifth.

Over the three days of competition, Cal State Bakersfield's men's and women's throwers combined to win four national championships, finish fourth in four events and score 85 points.

In the women's javelin, Augustana freshman Jen Buyske won her first national championship with a throw of 156-9.00, while Jon Rozborsi of Cal State-Chico won the men's javelin with a throw of 226-10.

--Courtesy ACU