GULF SHORES, Ala. -- Less than a month removed from winning its first-ever conference championship in men's track and field, the Wiley Wildcats continue to earn recognition in athletics, this time on the national stage at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Wiley College sophomore John Ampomah became the first Wildcat male to ever claim an individual national championship as he won the javelin throw Friday. The sophomore from Konongo, Ghana won the event with a throw of 74.42 meters on his last of six throws.
Ampomah's winning mark bested the throw of second-place finisher Andy White of the University of British Columbia by more than two meters (72.35 m). Lindon Victor of Benedictine (Kan.) took third with a throw of 66.29 meters.
"I am very happy to represent my school at the national meet and to win Wiley's first individual event championship," Ampomah said.
Ampomah, one of the top African javelin throwers competing at any level of competition, owned the longest throw of any NAIA competitor throughout the year. He finished 1.04 meters shy of breaking the 28-year old NAIA championship meet record.
Ampomah was not the only competitor in a Wiley uniform to enjoy the national spotlight. Fellow Ghanaian Atsu Nyamadi took third place in the decathlon, winning three field events in the process. Nyamadi, Wiley College's 2014 Male Athlete of the Year, won the long jump, shot put and javelin events.
In the women's events, Wiley's Doreen Agyei finished sixth nationally in the 200 meter dash. The Lady Wildcats were also represented in the 4X100-meter relay. Agyei, Terisa Mark, Treasurie Hatten and Jessica Shepherd finished fourth at the national meet after winning the event at the Red River Athletic Conference championship meet.
Other Top 10 finishes involving HBCUs at the NAIA Outdoor Nationals
Men's High Jump
Patrick Bousqueto (Huston-Tillotson - 5th) 2.06m
Zaunce Simmons (Voorhees - 7th) 2.01m
Men's 4X100 Meter Relay
Dillard - 3rd ( Matthew Jones, Jevone Ezzar, Kermit Buggage & Emory Nash)- 3:12.80
Men's 200 Meter Dash
Wayne Hargrove (Huston-Tillotson - 7th) 21.61
Men's 400 Meter Hurdles
Chad Thomas (Southern-NO - 5th) 52.86
Sheldon Williams (Southern-NO - 6th) 53.15
Women's High Jump
Angelica Alexander (Xavier-LA - 5th) 1.68m
Women's Long Jump
Devinn Rolland (Xavier-LA-4th) 5.66m