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Saint Augustine's Athletics | August 7, 2014

Saint Augustine's cruises to second consecutive national championship

  Saint Augustine's won its 12th outdoor national championship.

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- Saint Augustine's University scored 104 points on the final day to capture its second consecutive national crown at the 2014 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday.

The title was the 12th for the Falcons, who also swept the last two men's indoor national titles. Overall, the Saint Augustine has won 35 NCAA Division II national championships under legendary head coach George Williams.

The Falcons scored 112 points to win by a 45-point margin. Adams State, who led entering Saturday, finished second with 67 points and Ashland placed third with 53 points.

The Falcons won four events and scored multiple points in several others to win going away.

The Falcons entered the day with eight points and trailed leader Adams State by 25 points with 11 events remaining. They immediately cut the deficit with a victory in the men's 4x100-meter relay race. The foursome of Daniel Jamieson, Taffawee Johnson, Burkheart Ellis Jr. and Jermaine Jones crossed the finish line first in 39.42 seconds to defend their national title.

Ty'reak Murray continued the surge with a victory in the men's 110-meter hurdles in 13.89 seconds to pull the Falcons into fifth place with 28 points, 11 behind leader Adams State. He earned a national title in the event for the second time in his four-year career. The Falcons moved in front 42-39 over Adams State in the men's 400-meter dash when Joshua Edmonds placed second (46.03) and Ellis finished third (46.06).

The Falcons padded their lead in the 100-meter dash. Jones was second and Johnson was third to extend the team's lead over Adams State to 56-39 with six events left. Jones nearly won the 100, finishing second behind Tim Price of TAMU-Kingsville, who won in 10.484 to 10.487 for Jones.

The Falcons continued to pour on the points. In the men's triple jump, DeJon Wilkinson finished second with a mark of 52-1 3/4 and David Shaw Jr. placed sixth with a leap of 50-7 1/2 to open a 67-49 Falcons lead with four events remaining.

The Falcons continued their strong finish down the stretch. Roxroy Cato won the men's 400-meter hurdles national title in 49.75. Elhadji Mbow was fifth in the event in 51.46 seconds as the duo pushed the Falcons margin to 81-49 with three events left.

The Falcons cemented the title in the men's 200-meter dash as five sprinters competed in the finals. Edwards was second (20.78) and Jones was third (20.83). Ellis placed fifth (21.054), Johnson finished sixth (21.057) and Jamieson placed ninth (21.78). All five sprinters combined to score 21 points for a 53-point Falcons lead with two events remaining.

With victory already in hand, the Falcons capped the championship meet in convincing fashion. The quartet of Cato, James Quarles, Ellis and Edmonds won the men's 4x400-meter relay national title for the second consecutive season with a time of 3:06.84.