Title returns to Abilene Christian
Jackson leads effort with three top-threes, including a victory
TURLOCK, Calif. – Abilene Christian is back on top.
After a two-year hiatus, the Wildcats won their eighth NCAA Outdoor Track & Field title in 10 years Saturday at Al Brenda Track on the campus of California State University, Stanislaus. Desmond Jackson won the 200 meters and Nick Jones won the discus to lead the 68-point effort.
Adams State was the runner-up for the second time in seven seasons, finishing with 55 points. Lincoln finished third with 51 points, Emporia State was fourth with 43, and two-time defending NCAA Champion St. Augustine’s finished fifth with 41. Western State and Johnson C. Smith (37 points apiece), Central Missouri (31.5), and Southern Connecticut State, Cal State L.A., and Angelo State (20 points each) rounded out the top 10.
“We knew it was going to be a battle getting off the plane,” said Abilene Christian Head Coach Roosevelt Lofton. “We knew there would be about five teams competing for the title and we'd have to fight for every point we got. I was proud to see our kids do that.”
Jackson also finished third in the 100 meters and ran the second leg of the second-place 4x100-meter relay team. Teammate Ramon Sparks finished third in the triple jump, while Amos Sang finished fourth in the 5,000 meters.
Adams State did most of its damage in the 1,500- and 5,000-meter races. Andrew Graham and Ryan McNiff finished 1-2 in the 1,500 meters and Keegan Calmes came in fifth. Luke Cragg claimed the 5,000-meter crown.
Josh Como of Cal State L.A. won the triple jump crown. UC San Diego’s Nick Howe won his second consecutive NCAA Championship in the javelin. Western Washington’s Ryan Brown won the pole vault. The 4x400-meter relay team of Johnson C. Smith won that title, while Lincoln took the 4x100 relay crown. Lincoln’s Steve Banton won the 400-meter hurdles. Freshman Andrew Etheridge of Emporia State won the 110-meter hurdle title. Augustana’s Aduo Omot won the 800 meters. Ledford Green of Johnson C. Smith won the 400 meters. And Kimour Bruce of Lincoln won the 100-meter title.