Abilene Christian takes 2011 title
Wildcats notch first national title since 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Abilene Christian claimed the NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Wildcats scored 49 points, to edge Ashland, while Lincoln (Mo.) was third with 41 and Central Missouri was fourth with 36.50 points. Emporia State was fifth with 32.50 points, St. Augustine’s followed with 29, Adams State College with 24 and Grand Canyon was eighth with 22.
Chadron State’s Brad Gamble claimed the heptathlon championship, accumulating 2,399 points to add to his day one total of 3,057 for a 5,356 grand total. Gamble finished second in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.21 seconds and earned 645 and 824 points in the pole vault and the 1,000-meter event.
Central Missouri’s Brent Vogel needed to finish 20 seconds ahead of Gamble in the 1,000-meter run, but only managed to forge a 10-second margin. Vogel finished the competition with 5,385 points for second place, while teammate Shawn Boss (5,076) and Pittsburg State’s Joe Stephens (5,068), placed third and fourth, respectively.
Lincoln’s Kimour Bruce of Lincoln Mo. won the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.62 seconds and was closely followed by Abilene Christian’s Desmond Jackson (6.64). Lincoln’s Dwain Bryden (6.71) was third and Emporia’s Josh Schuler (6.73) was fourth.
Grand Canyon’s Tyler Sipes threatened the meet record, but settled for the 60-meter hurdles national championship, winning the event in 7.75, which was .08 seconds off the record. Emporia State’s Andrew Etheridge was second at 7.94, while Chadron State’s Karl McFarland (7.96) was third and NW Missouri’s Tyler Shaw (7.97) was fourth.
The 200-meter dash championship was claimed by Terrel Cotton of Lincoln, who covered the distance in 20.94 to best Abilene Christian’s Desmond Jackson’s time of 21.03. Lake Erie’s Chris Burrows (21.07) was third and Emporia’s Josh Schuler (21.14) finished fourth.
Johnson C. Smith’s Leford Green was the top qualifier in the 400-meter dash on Friday and won the final in a time of 46.38. Dominic Smith of American International was second at 46.81, St. Augustine’s Antonito Abney was third with at time of 46.93 and Lincoln (Mo.) sophomore Dane Hyatt came in fourth at 47.12.
Augustana’s Aduo Omot had enough left in the tank at the end of the 800-meter race to edge Metro State’s Shawn Lindbom for the title. Omot finished in 1:51.20 and Lindbom in 1:51.44. Ashland’s tom Scott (1:52.34) was third and Adams State’s Andrew Graham (1:52.86) was fourth.
Colorado Mines’ Mack McLain (4:08.32) edged Abilene Christian (4:08.96) in the mile race. Harding’s Daniel Kirwa, who had the best time in the qualifying on Friday, turned in a third-place time of (4:09.80), while Adams State’s Keegan Calmes was fourth at 4:10.44.
Ashland’s Kurt Roberts claimed the shot put competition with a heave of 19.48 meters (63-11), while Grand Valley’s Daniel Vanek (18.57) and Matt Armstrong (18.47) were a distant second and third, respectively. Abilene Christian junior Nick Jones finished fourth at 18.25.
The men’s pole vault was claimed by Ryan Brown of Western Washington, who cleared 5.25 meters (17-2 ¾), while Findlay’s Shane Shockey was second at 5.15 meters. Emporia State’s Zach Rosenberger and Cameron Daugherty also cleared 5.15 meters and were third and fourth, respectively.
Amos Sang of Abilene Christian made a move midway through the 5,000-meter race and maintained it the remainder of the race to win easily in 14:37.08. Shippenburg’s Bryan Beegle came in second at 14:41.54, while Michael Crouch (14:43.19) of Queens (N.C.) was third and Laban Sialo (14:47.63) of Central Missouri was fourth.
The final event of the day for the men was won by Johnson C. Smith, which covered the 1,600-meter relay in a time of 3:09.17. St. Augustine’s was second in 3:09.31, while Indianapolis was third in a time of 3:10.99 and Ashland claimed fourth place with a clocking of 3:11.29.