St. Augustine’s still rules CIAA
Notes: Lynchburg takes home both ODAC titles
St. Augustine’s College is still the best team in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Falcons made that much clear over the weekend, winning a 14th consecutive outdoor conference championship at the CIAA meet at Rogers Stadium in Petersburg, Va.
The two-time defending NCAA Division II national champions racked up 176.5 points, well ahead of second place Johnson C. Smith, which finished with 119 points. The title is the 31st in the last 33 years for St. Augustine’s, a string of success matched by few other teams in the country at any level.
Orolando Duffus played a pivotal role in the latest title. The MVP of the field events took home top honors in the long jump (7.44 meters) and triple jump (14.98 meters). Teammate Christopher Copeland was the champion in the high jump with a leap of 2.16 meters.
Ramon Gittens did his part as well. The senior star won the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Gittens was one of four sprinters for the Falcons to finish in the top seven of the 100, crossing the line in 10.59. He finished the 200 in 21.23. Jason Boyd ended up as the 110 hurdles champion with a time of 14.14 and St. Augustine’s also won the 400 (40.36) and 1600 (3:07.70) relays.
Leford Green was named the MVP of the running events after winning the 400 and 400 hurdles. The Johnson C. Smith standout posted a time of 46.61 in the sprint and crossed the line in 52.51 in the hurdles. Teammate Randale Watson walked away as the champion in the shot put (15.21 meters) and discus (48.12 meters).
While St. Augustine’s continued a run of success that seems to have no end in sight, the Johnson C. Smith women’s track team won its first ever conference championship.
Shermaine Williams led the historic run into the record book, earning MVP honors. The senior star was the champion of the 100 hurdles, posting an NCAA provisional time of 13.42 while taking second in the 100 with a time of 12.17. Williams was also second in the 200, crossing the line in 24.60.
Head coach Lennox Graham talked on the team website about what the championship meant to the program.
“Our program has made great strides and we continue to try and improve each season with every meet,” Graham said. “This championship is the result of preparation, dedication and hard work by our student-athletes and coaching staff.”
Freshman Danielle Williams helped the Golden Bulls win the title by taking first in the 100, clocking in with a time of 12.02.
The 400 relay also finished in first, posting a time of 45.61, and Danielle Williams won the long jump with a distance of 5.69 meters.
Winston-Salem State’s Dedricka Thomas and Bowie State’s Brelyn Finley were the co-MVPs of the field events. Thomas won the triple jump with a leap of 12.08 meters and Finley won the shot put with a throw of 12.74 meters.
Need To Know
• Dustin Emerick of Southern Indiana finished 28th at the 2010 NCAA Division II outdoor national meet with a time of 32:13.30 in the 10,000 meter run.
It was one of the high points of his career, but the junior took his talents to another level earlier this month in the Elite Invitational race at the Mt. SAC Relays in California, running the ninth fastest time in DII history, crossing the line in 28:41.62. The time is a school record as well.
“I was really proud to run well in a college meet and do it in a USI uniform.” Emerick said. “I knew I was capable of breaking 29 minutes, but it came as a surprise to run it as fast as I did.”
• Lynchburg’s men’s and women’s track teams both emerged from the Old Dominion Athletic Conference meet as champions over the weekend.
The men’s team won its third consecutive championship and the 25th in program history while the women’s team won its first title since 2005 and its eighth overall.
Rachad Davis was named the co-rookie of the year in the league and took home a pair of individual championships. He posted the best conference time of the year in the 110 hurdles at 14.97 and also set a new mark for the year in the 400 hurdles with a time of 55.06.
Krystle Landes helped pace Lynchburg’s women’s team, winning the javelin with a throw of 124 feet. Leah Heel was second with a throw of 111-4.
• Centre College had never won a title in men’s track until this weekend when it scored 168.5 points and came home with the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. Andrew Maryott led the way for the Colonels, finishing first in the shot put, discus and hammer throw to earn top athlete of the meet honors.
• Washington (Mo.) won its third consecutive University Athletic Association men’s track championship in Atlanta on Saturday, marking the first time in 20 years the Bears have won at least three straight titles. Dan Davis won three events, including the 110 hurdles in a time of 14.64.
• Alix Dyer won the 100 and 200 as she helped Emory extend its streak of UAA women’s track championships to three in a row. Dyer ran a 12.40 in the 100 and had a time of 25.49 in the 200.
• Seattle Pacific junior star Ali Worthen set a new career-best in the long jump at Western Washington’s Not-So Twilite Meet at Civic Stadium. Worthen reached a distance of 5.98 meters. Her old top mark was 5.50 meters, which was set a couple of weeks ago at a meet in Spokane.
• Tyler Drake of Pttsburg State was impressive at the Kansas Relays on Friday, registering a throw of 227-8. It was the second longest throw of the season in DII. He placed third overall in the event.