PETERSBURG, Va. – Saint Augustine's University won its 16th consecutive men's title and Johnson C. Smith University captured its second women's crown in three years on the final day of the CIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Rogers Stadium on the Virginia State University campus on Saturday, April 20, 2013.
In the men's events, St. Aug scored 213 points to run away with the championship. Virginia State was second with 123 points and Virginia Union was third with 101 points. The Falcons trailed Virginia Union 59-41 after the first day on Friday, but scored 172 points on Saturday to distance itself from the field.
In the women's events, Johnson C. Smith scored 146.50 points to claim first place. Winston-Salem State was second with 108 points and Virginia State was third with 101 points. St. Aug placed fourth with 92 points.
SAU's Jermaine Jones was named men's track most outstanding performer after winning the 100 dash, 200 dash and anchoring the 4x100 relay team to victory. He ran a time of 10.37 seconds in the 100 and 21.26 seconds in the 200. He helped the 4x100 team which included Ramaan Ansley , Taffawee Johnson and Burkheart Ellis, Jr. run a winning time of 40.22 seconds.
The Falcons were also sparked by the jumping of DeJon Wilkinson, who finished second in the voting for men's field most outstanding performer by two points. He won the triple jump in 14.60 meters on Saturday in addition to winning the long jump in 7.49 meters on Friday.
In all, the Falcons captured nine of 17 events in the two-day meet. Akido Noel won the javelin throw in 51.54 meters and Ty'reak Murray won the 110 hurdles in 14.19 seconds. Dane Hyatt was the winner in the 400 dash in 46.47 seconds and Marcelis Lynch won the 1500 run on Friday in 4:02.76.
JCSU Sophomore Samantha Elliott was the women's track most outstanding performer after winning the 100 hurdles and the 400 hurdles. She also finished third in the 100 dash and the 200 dash.
Kendall Reynolds of Bowie State and Tajanel McNeil of Winston-Salem State shared women's field most outstanding performer honors. Reynolds won the triple jump and was second in the long jump. McNeil was second in the triple jump, third in the high jump and fifth in the long jump.
The Golden Bulls produced 29 team points on day one off of the field events. Sophomore Imeshia Jones, senior LaQwesha Gamble, and junior Shaquitta Anderson finished first, second, and third, respectively in the javelin throw. Jones won the event with a throw of 38.55m in the final. Their finishes added 24 team points to the total score.
JCSU dominated the 100m hurdles with finishes of first, second, fourth, and fifth. Elliott took first (13.44), followed by junior Danielle Williams (13.65), sophomore Monique Lovelock (14.49), and senior Naffene Briscoe (14.51). Those four finishes tallied 27 points for the team.
Elliott and Williams led Johnson C. Smith to six victories in the women's events. Williams won the 100 dash (11.43) and 200 dash (23.56) in addition to Elliott winning both hurdles races. Williams is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the 100m and unbeaten in the event this season. The Golden Bulls had 23 team points off the four competitors in the 200m.
The foursome of Briscoe, Williams, freshman Trudy-Ann Richards (St. Thomas, Jamaica) and Lovelock were victorious in the 4x100 relay (45.31). The combination of Briscoe, Jenkins, Richards, and junior A'Tyan Kennedy (York, SC) placed third in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:53.31. Those two events contributed 16 team points to the total.
This is the second women's outdoor conference championship and the first since 2011. Head coach Lennox Graham was also honored as the women's outdoor coach of the year this season.