Duffus takes long and triple jumps
St. Augustine's has four runners in top-10 of 400-meter dash
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- All-American Orolando Duffus won the long jump and triple jump to lead Saint Augustine’s to victory in the men’s events at the Johnson C. Smith University Invitational at Belk Track on Saturday.
The Falcons were first in the men’s standings with 83.50 points. A group of unattached competitors combined to score 73.5 points for second place. Charlotte was third with 63.1 points and Johnson C. Smith was fourth with 61 points.
Duffus, 2010's CIAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, leaped 23-feet, 0-inches in the long jump and 49-feet, 0-inches in the triple jump. He hit NCAA provisional marks in both events. DeJon Wilkerson was third in the long jump at 22-feet, 0-inches.
Several other Falcons performed well at the meet. Christopher Copeland won the high jump at 6-feet, 8-inches, and Eddie Shelton finished third at 6-feet, 6-inches.
The Falcons placed four runners in the top-10 of the 400-meter dash. Antonio Abney was third with an NCAA provisional time of 47.14 seconds. Kelly Fisher was fifth in 47.57 seconds, and Josh Edmonds was seventh in 47.69 seconds. James Quarles finished 10th in 48.31 seconds. Former Falcons star Randy Curry, who ran unattached, was second in the 400 with a time of 46.72.
Gerkenz Senesca led three top-10 runners for the Falcons in the 110-meter hurdles. Senesca was fifth in 14.38 seconds, Ronnie Griffith was seventh in 14.58 seconds and Ty-Reak Murray was eighth in 14.62 seconds. All three times are NCAA provisional marks.
Karym Greaves placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.55 seconds. Sean Stuart was fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.8 seconds. Jason Boyd placed ninth in the 100-meter dash in 10.94 seconds.
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team was second in an NCAA provisional time of 40.65 seconds. The foursome consisted of Boyd, Stuart, Fisher and Julius West. Aaron Dudley was seventh in the 800-meter run in 1:58.21, and ninth in the 1500-meter run in 4:13.60.
Andrea Powell and Brittany Marshall led the Lady Falcons to eighth place with 43 points in the women’s standings. Johnson C. Smith was first with 93 points followed by Charlotte with 69 points. Hampton was third with 68.5 points.
Powell won the high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 5.75-inches. Marshall was victorious in the shot put with a toss of 42-feet, 1.50-inches.
Nicketa Bernard was second in the 400-meter dash in 54.83 seconds. April London placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in an NCAA provisional time of 1:01.85, and Jaivairia Bacote was 10th in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:04.87.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay team was fifth in 47.68 seconds. Kellie Smith tied for sixth in the high jump with a leap of 5-feet, 1.75-inches.
Kirsten Bowens (Soph./Mahwah, N.J.) was sixth and Bacote was seventh, respectively, in the triple jump. Both jumpers leaped 37-feet, 0-inches.
Sheena Johns was seventh in the 400-meter dash in 57.31 seconds. Kelly Shaw finished ninth in the 200-meter dash in 24.94 seconds.
The men's and women's 5000-meter runs, 4x400-meter relays, and the men's 200-meter dash were cancelled due to inclement weather.