|Hampton's Kellie Wells takes U.S. Track title in 100m hurdles|
HBCU performers picked up another national title at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, OR.
Kellie Wells led from start to finish to move to No. 9 on the U.S. all-time performers list with a world-leading 12.50 in the women's 100m hurdles. Silver went to Danielle Carruthers at 12.59, and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper took the bronze at 12.65.
“I’ve never had an outdoor track title and this is my first outdoor world meet," said Wells. "I’m just happy to be on top to be looked as the best hurdler today.”
Another former Hampton trackster, Yvette Lewis, was disqualified after having a false start in the finals. Lewis had finished fifth in the triple jump earlier in the meet.
Wells joins Howard alum David Oliver as national champions from HBCUs at this year's event. Oliver won the men's 110m hurdles, Saturday
Saint Augustine's College graduate Bershawn “Batman” Jackson finished second in a thrilling 400 meter hurdles finals losing to Jeshua Anderson. Anderson and Jackson finished in an identical time of 47.93, with the tie being broken by nine thousandths of a second.
"This is probably the closest race I’ve been in, in my whole career," said Jackson.
Former Jackson State standout Michael Tinsley finished fourth.
Former Morehouse high jumper Keith Moffat finished eighth in the men's high jump with a best jump of 2.24m (7-4 1/4). on the final day of competition.
Jackson was one of four former Saint Augustine's College standouts competing at the USA Nationals over the weekend at Hayward Field. Jamaal Torrence was fourth in the men's 400 dash. Sprinters Josh Scott and Barbara Pierre reached the semifinals in the men's 400 and women's 100 dashes, respectively.
Hampton's Francena McCorory and Norfolk State's Debbie Dunn finished second and third in the women's 400m dash.
Morehouse's Randall Flimmons finished 5th in the long jump.
Ronnie Ash, who began his collegiate career at Bethune-Cookman finished 6th in the men's 110m hurdles.
Other HBCU performes included Brandon Roulhac (Albany State) 9th in the triple jump, Jibri Victorian (Coppin State) 11th in the men's 400m hurdles and Philip Redrick (Texas Southern) 26th in the men's 200m dash.