Pittsburg State built a lead and then held on in dramatic fashion to claim the 2018 NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track & Field National Championship Saturday, March 10 at the Robert W. Plaster Center, while West Texas A&M captured the 2018 NCAA Division II Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championship.
HBCU representatives captured three national titles and earned All-America honors in 10 events.
Central State University hurdler Juan Scott captured the 60 meter hurdles national title on Saturday.
Scott, who won the NCAA Div. II 110 meter hurdles outdoor title last spring, continues to make school history as the first CSU student-athlete to claim an NCAA indoor track and field title since the program earned exclusive NCAA Div. II membership in 2004.
Scott, a sophomore from Dayton, Ohio, advanced to the national final with a pace of 7.89 in Friday's preliminary heat. He was the fastest hurdler in his heat and finish slightly behind Naim Fareed's time of 7.88 (Limestone).
In the finals, Scott maintained pace with the field and gained momentum heading into the third hurdle. With every hurdle he inched towards the front of the pack and leaned across the line in 7.83 seconds to take the win along with All-American honors. Pittsburg State senior Justice Burks finished just behind with a pace of 7.85.
The Lincoln (Mo) men scored 18 points to place 14th at the national championship meet, highlighted by Sedeekie Edie winning the national title in the long jump with a leap of 7.76m. Edie also finished as the national runner-up in the triple jump with a top distance of 15.55.
St. Augustine's and Central State finished tied for 20th with 10 points each.
Shannon Kalawan of Saint Augustine’s University captured the women’s national 400-meter title.
Kalawan, ranked fifth in the 400 entering the meet, ran a season-best time of 54.54 seconds to win the second heat of the event. Her time was the lowest of the sprinters in the two heats.
Saint Augustine’s has won 42 individual indoor national titles counting Kalawan’s victory. The total is the second-most among Division II teams.
Four SAU performers and one relay team earned All-America status including Kalawan on Saturday. The top eight finishers in each event gained All-America recognition.
SAU scored 23 points to finish ninth overall.
The Lincoln women's track & field team scored 36 points to finish third at the event.
The Blue Tigers placed third or higher in all five events in which they competed, with Diana Cauldwell finishing as the national runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 12.81m. Cauldwell also earned All-American honors in the long jump, placing third with a distance of 6.15m.
Rene Medley also earned multiple All-American honors, as she took second in the 60m (7.39) and third in the 200m (24.05). Renea Ambersley, meanwhile, closed out LU's performance by finishing as the national runner-up in the 400m (54.58).
Complete championship results can be accessed on - https://results.leonetiming.com/?mid=1328
HBCU All-Americans at 2018 Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships
Dontarian Evans - St. Augustine's - 200m
Shaquille Dill - St. Augustine's - 800m
Jumonne Exeter - St. Augustine's - Triple Jump
Juan Scott - Central State - 60m hurdles
Sedeekie Edie - Lincoln (Mo) - Long jump, Triple Jump
Rene Medley - Lincoln (Mo) - 60m, 200m
Renea Ambersley - Lincoln (Mo) - 400m
Shannon Kalawan - St. Augustine's - 400m, 4x400m Relay
Diana Cauldwell - Lincoln (Mo) - Long Jump, Triple Jump
Amanda Crawford - St. Augustine's - 4X400m Relay
Marissa Gale - St. Augustine's - 4X400m Relay
Ade Hunter - St. Augustine's - 4X400m Relay
Magaly Tshipopo - St. Augustine's - High Jump, Long Jump
Kayla Foy - Winston-Salem St. - 60m