ATLANTA—Morehouse College found themselves in familiar territory on Saturday, April 21st as they won their seventh consecutive SIAC Men’s Track & Field Championship. Albany State University won their second consecutive SIAC Women’s Title during competition at Edwin Moses Track inside B.T. Harvey Stadium.
On the final day of competition, the Maroon Tigers were led by senior Karlton Mitchell and junior Courtland Walls. Walls took home victories in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash with times of 10.33 and 21.09, respectively, while Mitchell finished first in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:04.21 and second in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.06, picking up critical points for the Maroon Tigers.
Mitchell also picked up a win in the 3,000 meter steeplechase on Friday night and was named the SIAC Men’s Most Valuable Track Performer at the 2012 championship meet.
Over the first two days, trio Shinola Agbede, Nicolas Hall, and Kasahun Neselu took the top three spots in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters, which proved to be critical in the Maroon Tigers’ quest for the title.
The Maroon Tigers scored 172 points during the meet to barely hold off second place Benedict College, who totaled 152 points, in one of the closest finishes in the last decade at the conference championship. Albany State University finished third with 130.5 points.
The Lady Rams were led by senior Brittany Carter to win their sixth title in the last seven years. Carter won the 800 and 1500 meter runs with times of 2:16.93 and 5:08.06, respectively, on the final day of competition while also finishing first in the 10,000 meter run and 3,000 meter steeplechase on Friday night, scoring a total of 40 points throughout the meet.
For her efforts, Carter was named the SIAC Women’s Most Valuable Track Performer at the 2012 championship while also winning her second consecutive Cleve Abbott Award, giving to the male or female performer who scores the most points throughout the championship meet.
Albany State scored 195.5 points throughout the meet to hold off the Lady Tigers of Benedict, who finished second with 121.5 points. The Clark Atlanta Lady Panthers finished third with 118.5 points.
|2012 SIAC Track & Field Championship Awards & Honors
Most Valuable Track Performer: Karlton Mitchell, Morehouse College (28 points)
Most Valuable Field Performer(s): Isaiah Leggette, Albany State University (26 points), Brandon Johnson, Benedict College (26 points), Deven Boxx, Kentucky State University (26 points)
Most Outstanding Coach: Willie Hill, Morehouse College
Most Valuable Track Performer: Brittany Carter, Albany State University (40 points)
Most Valuable Field Performer: Annalece Nembhard, Benedict College (22 points)
Cleve Abbott Award: Brittany Carter, Albany State University (40 points)
Most Outstanding Coach: Ken Taylor, Albany State University