Saint Augustine’s extends CIAA streak
Falcons blow by field, claim 15th consecutive conference crown
PETERSBURG, Va. -- Top-ranked Saint Augustine's coasted to a victory at the CIAA Championships on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Stadium on the campus of Virginia State.
The Falcons claimed their 15th consecutive league crown and 29th title in the last 30 CIAA Championship meets under legendary head coach George Williams by a lopsided score. They compiled 216 points to easily defeat the rest of the men's field. Virginia State was second with 88 points and Johnson C. Smith University was third with 84 points.
The outcome was never in doubt once the championship meet started. The Falcons built a 15-point lead after four events Friday and steadily increased the margin Saturday after each event. The only question was how much the Falcons would win by.
The depth and talent of the Falcons were simply too much to overcome. They took the top three places in the 800-meter run, the 110-meter hurdles and the high jump, and had two of the top three finishers in the 400-meter hurdles, the 100-meter dash and the 400-meter dash.
DeJon Wilkinson added a victory in the triple jump to go along with his long jump win on Friday. Other winners for the Falcons on Saturday included Ramaan Ansley (100-meter dash), Marcelis Lynch (800-meter run) and Jason Boyd (110-meter hurdles). The Falcons won the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays. Christopher Copeland captured the high jump Friday. Boyd is No. 3 in the nation in the 110 hurdles, and Copeland is No. 4 in Division II in the high jump.
Other men's winners were Daniel Ross of Virginia State (400-meter hurdles), Hildrew McNair of Virginia State (pole vault), Watson of Johnson C. Smith (shot put), Ahmad Garrison of Livingstone (discus) and Bryan Aycoth of Livingstone (javelin).