HBCUs grab two national titles at Div II Track Championships
May 24, 2007
Two HBCU athletes took home national championships at the first day of the NCAA Div II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.
Morehouse’s Randall Flimmons won the men’s title and St. Augustine's Kwonya Ferguson took the women's championship in long jump competition.
Ferguson, who had been named Division II national female field athlete of the year for outdoor track at the championship banquet Wednesday night, won the women’s long jump with a best jump of 6.03m (19’ 9.5”). She now has swept the event at both the indoor and outdoor championships.
Flimmons, SIAC long jump champion and South Region men's field athlete of the year, won the men’s long jump with a best leap of 7.88m (25’ 10.25”). He and teammate Evan Flax, who finished sixth, combined to give Morehouse 13 points.
St. Augustine's, Albany State, Lincoln (MO) and Bowie State all qualified teams for the finals in the women's 4X100m relay. SAC led all qualifiers by winning their heat with a time of :44.85. The Lady Falcons entered the meet with the second best overall qualifying time (:45.36) just behind Albany State who qualified at :45.21.
In the men's 4X100m relay, St. Aug, Fort Valley State, NC Central, Morehouse and Lincoln (MO) advanced to the finals.
Lincoln's Carla Thomas blew into the finals of the women's 400m hurdles qualifying over 2 seconds ahead of her neareast competition. Morehouse's Damon Price and St. Aug's Alvin Miles and Jermaine Baker advanced to the finals in the men's metric quartermile hurdles.
HBCU's claimed six of the final eight spots in the women's 100m dash. SAC's Barbara Pierre led all qualifiers with a time of 11.42 seconds. She will be joined by teammate Camile Gray, Albany State's Estella Moore and Jessica Peck and Lincoln's Nandelle Cameron and Karen Robinson.
St. Aug's Kendall Stevens (:10.37) led a trio of Falcons into the men's 100m dash finals. Sharif Nash and Philippe DeRosier will join Stevens, Albany State's Rodney Coley, Fort Valley State's Xavier Hair and Morehouse's Marquis Horn in the sprint final Saturday afternoon.
Lincoln's Davita Prendergast (:51.87) was the top qualifier in the women's 400m dash. She will be joined by teammate Monique Robinson and SAC's Johnsie Liles and Erica Young in Saturdays final.
The NC Central duo of Hakeem Mohammad (:46.08) and Karjaun Williams (:46.37) were the top qualfiers in the men's 400m dash. They will be joined Albany State's Antoine Thomas in the finals.
With three finals completed, Morehouse ranks third overall in men's team rankings and St. Aug's women are tied for third place at the end of the first day of competition.