OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Wiley College men's track and field team won the Red River Athletic Conference championship Saturday and claimed its first conference title in the sport in 32 years.
Wildcat athletes finished in first place in eight out of 16 individual events at the RRAC Track and Field Championships, and claimed the top two spots in six individual events. The Wildcats also won the 4-by-800 meter relay.
Kenya nationals Patrick Mutai and Victor Rotich led the Wildcat effort in the running events, as Mutai took first place in both the 3,000- and 5,000-meter races, with Rotich finishing second in both events. In the 10,000-meter race, it was Rotich finishing first (34 minutes, 56 seconds) with Mutai coming in a minute behind him.
Jeremiah Kipkemei won the 1,500-meter run for the Wildcats with a time of 4:12.56. Mutai finished second in that event with a time of 4:13.6.
It was a mixture of long- and short-distance runners for who helped lead the Wildcats to victory in the 400-meter relay, as Mutai and Rotich teamed with Jordan Woods and Paul Sterlen to win the event with a time of 8 minutes, 11 seconds. The 'Cats finished 14 seconds ahead of second-place Bacone College.
Woods took second in the 400-meter dash event, while Sterlen took third place.
In the field events, Wiley College was led by a pair of Ghana nationals, as Atsu Nyamadi won the triple jump and discus throw, while teammate John Ampomah took another first place in the javelin throw.
Ampomah, the top javelin thrower in the NAIA who also has the second-longest throw by any African in any competition this year, won the javelin with a throw of 65.02 meters.
Nymadi won the discus event with a throw of 44.31 meters. He also came in second in the javelin with a throw of 56.68 meters. Nyamadi's triple jump was 15.04 meters, a full meter ahead of his next nearest competitor.