SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Wiley College men and women swept titles at the Red River Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Wiley made it three conference titles in a row with an impressive showing on the second and final day of competition. The Wildcats trailed in the team standings on the first day, but emerged on the track Saturday to surpass their closest competitor by more than 100 points.
Wiley swept the medal stand in the 100- and 200-Meter Dashes with Moriba Morain winning both events and the Wildcats' Quinn-Lee Ralph and Oraine Palmer swapping the second and third place finishes. In the 400, it was Morain again with the title and Wiley's Justin Maloney in second. Wiley's Marbeq Edgar (800 & 1500) and Leonard Kiprono (3000 and 5000) won two runs each, and Wiley swept the three relay events Machael Mark tacked on a win in the Long Jump.
Wiley won 11 events in all and finished second in five. Edgar edged Kiprono as the top point winner by a 36.5 to 36 score. Morain was third with 32.5.
Langston placed second in the team competition with three gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Daquvon Piolet won the 110-meter hurdles, and the Lions' Marcus Eggleston won the Long Jump.
Our Lady of the Lake finished third with four silvers and four bronzes. Luis Ramirez placed second in the 5000 and third in the 3000.
Winning for the second consecutive year, Wiley's women's team edged Our Lady of the Lake for the team title. The Wildcats notched 188 points to 167 for OLLU, which hosted the meet. Langston's Janaa Evans won the meet's MVP award.
The Lady Wildcats were led by Candice Higgins with 38.5 points.The runner took individual titles in the 800, 1500 and 3000 meter races and placed third in the 5000. Wiley's sprinters dominated as well with medal stand sweeps in the 200, 400 and 800 meter events, while Terisa Mark placed first in the 100 followed by Kenisha Arthur. Mark won the 200-Meter Dash, while Ethel Ajanga won the 400. Ajanga finished second in the 800. Wiley captured victories in the 4x400 and 4x800 Meter Relays as well.
Wiley won eight golds, six silvers and four bronzes.
OLLU had the best showing in its program's history in second with four golds, four silvers and five bronzes. Elena was the Saints' top point getter with 26, including a win in the 5000 and second-place results in the 1500 and 3000. Shenaya Thomas won the 400-Meter Hurdles and Krystal Ochulo won the Shot Put.
Langston finished third in large part due to the effort of Evans, who was a repeat MVP winner. She scored 62 points on her own with all three of the Lady Lions' gold medals with wins in the High Jump, Long Jump, and the Javelin. Evans also placed third in the Discus and the Shot Put.