HBCU's Sweep 2014 D-II Outdoor National Track & Field Crowns
ALLENDALE, Mich. – Saint Augustine’s University scored 104 points on the final day to capture its second consecutive men’s outdoor national crown at the 2014 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Grand Valley State Track and Field Stadium on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
The title was the 12th men’s outdoor title for the Falcons, who also swept the last two men’s indoor national titles. Overall, the St. Aug track and field program has won 35 NCAA Division II national championships under legendary Head Coach George Williams.
The Falcons scored 112 points to win by a 45-point margin over the competition. Adams State, who led entering Saturday, finished second in the men’s division with 67 points and Ashland placed third with 53 points.
SAU was once again led by their talented array of sprinters, hurdles and jumpers. The men’s squad won four men’s events and scored multiple points in several others to win going away.
The Falcons entered the day with eight points and trailed leader Adams State by 25 points with 11 events remaining. They immediately cut into their deficit with a victory in the men’s 4x100 meter relay race, the day’s first running event. The foursome of Daniel Jamieson, Taffawee Johnson, Burkheart Ellis Jr. and Jermaine Jones crossed the finish line first in 39.42 seconds to defend their 400 meter relay national title.
Ty’reak Murray continued the surge with a victory in the men’s 110 meter hurdles in 13.89 seconds. He earned a national title in the event for the second time in his four-year career.
The Falcons continued their strong finish down the stretch. Roxroy Cato won the men’s 400 meter hurdles national title in 49.75 seconds.
With victory already in hand, the Falcons capped the championship meet in convincing fashion. The quartet of Cato, James Quarles, Ellis Jr. and Edmonds won the men’s 4x400 meter relay national title for the second straight season with a time of 3:06.84.
In the women’s division, the Lincoln (MO) University Blue Tigers scored 64 team points on Saturday to win their seventh NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Women's National Championship. Ten Lincoln athletes combined to turn in 12 All-American performances with both Blue Tiger relay teams winning national titles.
Lincoln, which has also won four indoor national championships since 2003, won their 11th overall championship. The Blue Tigers had previously won outdoor national championships in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.
The day began and ended on high notes for Lincoln, starting in the 4x100m relay, where the foursome of Judith Riley, Kimberly Bailey, Yanique Ellington and Janae Johnson won in 45.34 seconds. Ellington and Johnson would go on to earn three total All-American honors.
The day ended with the 4x400-meter relay. Entering that event, Lincoln had 54 team points and was in first place by just one point. Johnson C. Smith was in second with 53 points, and the two teams were going head-to-head in the relay with everything on the line.
The Lincoln foursome of Willomena Williams, Jhevere Hall, Donna-Lee Hylton and Tamara Keane stepped up, winning the race in 3:37.29 to guarantee the Blue Tigers the national championship.
With the repeat of Livingstone's Quanera Hayes as women's 400m dash champion, HBCUs accounted for a total of 11 national titles (seven individual, four relays).
HBCU Division II Outdoor Track All-Americans (finished 8th or higher in their respective events)
Benedict Chamekea Davis - 100m
District of Columbia Jerily Benjamin - 4x400m relay Simone Grant - 4x400m relay Kaydian Jones - 4x400m relay Marlena Wright - 4x400m relay
Johnson C. Smith Crystal Campbell - 4x400m relay Samantha Elliott - 100mh*, 400mh*, 4x400m relay Tovea Jenkins - 400m, 4x400m relay Domenique Julius-Williams - 4x400m relay Danielle Williams - 100m*, 200m*, 100mh
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