ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Golden Rams from Albany State University have earned their way to top team finishes in both the men’s and women’s competitions at the 2014 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Track and Field Championships held at the Irwin Belk Track in Rock Hill, S.C.
The Lady Rams scored 229 points for a decisive win. Benedict’s Lady Tigers finished second with 205 points and Stillman took third with 86 points. On the men’s side, Albany State had 194 total points. Morehouse placed second with 159 points and Kentucky State earned 116 points.
Albany State’s men’s and women’s teams capped off their overall victories with a first-place finish in both 4x400m relays. The men’s team was comprised of Tabareyon Jones, Kyran Stewart, Sidney Buchannon and Jarrel Jackson. They finished in 3:13.88. Stillman came in second place after running a 3:17.85. Benedict finished in 3:19.55 for third. Olivia Traylor, Mykeese Edwards, Irrion Conaler and Lanequa Borders ran a 3:52.14 for the Albany State’s women’s relay team. Benedict’s Lady Tigers came in second in 3:53.21. Stillman’s team finished in 3:55.64.
Final awards were given to the top performers of the meet, Jonnise Pierce (Benedict) won the Women’s Track MVP Award. Krishanda Campbell-Brown (Benedict) won the Women’s Field MVP Award. Jonnise Pierce also won the Cleve Abbott Award which is annually awarded to the male or female who scores the most points during the meet. Pierce scored 44 points. Albert Murrey from Albany State was named the Men’s Track MVP. Javonte Brooks-Brown out of Kentucky State won the Men’s Field MVP Award. Kenneth Taylor, Albany State’s head track and field coach, was named the Most Outstanding Coach for the men and women.