W.Va. Wesleyan gives Skiles 50th title
Notes: Moravian wins men’s title by just two points behind Noble
It turned out to be a memorable weekend for West Virginia Wesleyan head coach Jesse Skiles. The veteran men's and women's coach of the Bobcats won his 50th West Virginia Athletic Conference championship across both track and field and cross country.
West Virginia Wesleyan held off Seton Hill for the championship, marking the third consecutive year the Bobcats have won the title as the efforts of Cuylor Edgell and Stephon Knox helped make another title a reality. Skiles has been the head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan since 1992 and also previously won five league titles at Glenville State as well.
"This is a day that I will never forget," Skiles said in a story on the school's web site. "I just feel blessed for all of the fine student-athletes that we have had here."
Edgell won the pole vault with a height of 14-11 (4.55 meters) and also set a meet record in the decathalon with 6,389 points. Knox burned up the track en route to winning championships in the 100 meter dash and 400 hurdles. Knox won the 100 in a time of 10.85 and crossed the line in the 400 in a time of 55.27.
Dwight Holden won the 100 hurdles, finishing the race in 14.93, and Barry Franklin set a meet record in 3,000 steeplechase in a time of 9:21.73. Chris Deaner won the high jump with a leap of 6-5 1/2 (1.97 meters) and Zane Zebrasky was crowned the champion in the javelin with a throw of 180-9 (55.09 meters).
Seton Hill made history at the WVIAC meet, winning the championship for the first time in school history. Erin Beattie, the MVP of the meet, won the triple jump with a distance of 36-7 1/2 (11.16 meters). She also won the pole vault, reaching a height of 10-5 1/2 (3.19 meters).
Anna Cote played a pivotal role as well, setting a meet record in the 5,000 with a time of 18:12.04.
Need To Know
• Dominating the American Southwest Conference track meet hasn’t been a problem for McMurry. The War Hawks won their 13th consecutive championship at Wilford Moore Stadium during the weekend behind several stellar performances.
There was Terry Smith, the male track athlete of the year, taking first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.51 while placing second in the 400 and fifth in the high jump. He also anchored the 400 relay as it won the event in 41.28.
Kenneth Turner stepped up as well. He won the 100 and 200 while Paul Davis, the league freshman of the year, took home first place in the shot put and discus. He had a toss of 53-0 1/4 (16.16 meters) in the shot and threw the discus 145-9 (44.44 meters).
• The City University of New York men’s and women’s track teams are just as good outdoors as they are inside. The men’s and women’s teams both won City University of New York Athletic Conference championships on Sunday at Icahn Stadium. The two teams won the indoor titles as well earlier this year.
Paul Dedewo turned in a gutsy performance to help the Beavers claim the title. He has been fighting knee and hamstring injuries all spring but dug deep to win four events. Dedewo won the 200 in a time of 21.97 and crossed the line in the 400 in a time of 48.91. Dedewo was also the champion in the 110 hurdles (15.79) and 400 hurdles (57.55).
Leah Dawkins led the charge for the women’s squad. The freshman sensation earned co-MVP honors as she won the 100 hurdles and triple jump. She had a time of 17.03 in the hurdles and won the triple jump with a distance of 35-5 1/4 (10.80 meters).
Dawkins was the runner-up in the long jump 16-1 3/4 (4.92 meters) and high jump 4-9 (1.45 meters).
• Moravian dominated the Landmark Conference meet with the men’s and women’s teams extending their championship streak to four seasons.
Donnie Noble, the track athlete of the year, set a meet record in the 5,000, clocking in with a time of 15:09.19. Noble also won the 3,000 steeplechase in a time of 9:43.20. The Greyhounds won a total of nine events on day two, including two relay championships, to hold off Susquehana by two points -- 227-225 -- for the title. Moravian entered the final day with a one-point lead.
Ken Schetroma was named the field athlete of the year and led Susquehana with wins in the hammer throw and shot put. He won the hammer with a throw of 144-4 (44.40 meters) and took home first in the shot with a toss of 49-3 1/2 (15.02 meters).
Moravian’s women’s team dominated the meet from start to finish, racking up eight wins on the final day of action to cruise to the championship with 252 points. Susquehana was second with 197 points. Alyssa Wert and Cadee Rockwell were double winners for the Greyhounds. Wert won the 100 (13.00) and 200 (26.67) while Rockwell came through with wins in the 1,500 (4:48.77) and 5,000 (18:17.23).
Brittany Moses was named the top field athlete in the conference as she won the discus and shot put. Jaclyn Kellon was the top track athlete in the league and stood out for Goucher, which finished fourth. Kellon crossed the line in the 400 in a time of 59.32 and was the 400 hurdles champion with a time of 1:05.51.
• Monique Anderson helped Texas Lutheran win its second consecutive American Southwest title and third since 2005. Anderson was victorious in the 100 and 200 while also helping the 400 relay team win with a time of 47.61.
• Hanover sophomore Vincz set a Heartland Conference meet record in the 400 hurdles this past weekend, posting a time of 1:04.71 as she helped the Panthers win their first conference title in school history.
• Tim Even won three events and helped Southern Maine win its fourth consecutive Little East championship. The Huskies, who have a total of five titles, had athletes place first or second in 11 events, with Even winning the 800 (1:57.58) and 1,500 (3:57.04). Even won the 110 hurdles (15.96).
• MIT continued its impressive run of championships in the New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference, winning its 11th consecutive title. The Engineers have won 12 of the 13 titles in league history. Vlad Sobes helped pave the way, setting a conference record in the javelin with a throw of 198-10 (60.60 meters).
• Western Washington standout Sarah Porter clocked in with a time of 33:48.12 in her first 10,000 run of the season at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Track and Field Invitational. Her time was an automatic qualifying mark and just 11.29 seconds off the school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference record.
• Central Missouri standout Brent Vogel won the decathlon at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference heptathlon and decathlon championships on Monday. Vogel is the owner of the nation's top score in the decathlon this year with 7,238 points.