May 23, 2009

On the back of a pair of national championship performance, the Angelo State women's track & field squad holds the lead after day two at the 2009 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.

Sophomore Aisha Adams claimed the national crown in the heptathlon early Friday and senior Adree Lakey captured her third career national championship, this time in the shot put later in the evening.

Adams, a native of Covington, Tenn., scored a personal-best 5,586 points after claiming three of the seven events in the competition. On Friday, Adams added a first-place finish in the long jump (19'7") and placed second in the javelin (120'10") and wrapped the win with an eighth-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:24.40). Adams became the second Rambelle to claim the national title in the heptathlon, joining Amy Bippert (1997). Adams also placed 15th Friday in both the 100-meter hurdles (14.29) and in the triple jump (37'10.75").

On her first throw in the finals of the shot put, Lakey distanced herself from the rest of the field with a personal-best toss of 52"10, tying the fifth-best mark in NCAA Division II history. Lakey became the first three-time national champion in ASU women's history, also winning the hammer throw in 2007 and the discus in 2008. The Sylvester native is a two-time All-American so far this season, also placing third in the hammer throw Thursday.

Fellow senior thrower Culley Jo Dawson also picked up All-America honors in the shot put Friday, placing seventh with a throw of 45'10.75", that coming in her final throw in the prelims.

Junior sprinter Celethia Byrd qualified for her second Saturday finals with the eighth-best time in the 200-meter dash Friday at 23.83. Byrd will run in the 100-meter dash finals at 7:08 p.m. Saturday and the 200 finals at 8:24 p.m.

The Rambelles also advanced to Saturday's finals after placing sixth in the prelims with a time of 3:45.56. The final of the event is set for 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Other ASU women in action Friday were senior pole vaulter Danielle Dorsey, who placed 12th at 11'9.5", and junior Chrystal Ruiz placed 17th in the 100 hurdles at 14.55.

On the men's side, senior Ryan McWilliams placed second in the decathlon early Friday and then advanced to Saturday's finals in the 110-meter hurdles later in the day. The native of Alpine finished the decathlon with a personal-best total of 7,297 points. McWilliams placed third in his heat of the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.36 and has the seventh-best time going into Saturday finals scheduled for 6:32 p.m.

The Rams' 4x400-relay also advanced to Saturday's competition after placing seventh in the prelims Friday. The Rams finished their heat in a time of 3:10.95 and will compete in Saturday's final at 9:40 p.m.

Other ASU men in action on Friday were sophomore Wade Goode, who placed 12th in the shot put at 53' 5.5", and senior Jeremy Jones, who placed 15th in the 110 hurdles at 14.58.