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ALLENDALE, Mich. – Saint Augustine’s University displayed its superior depth in winning a third consecutive men’s national crown at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships on the Grand Valley State University campus Saturday, May 23, 2015. The Falcons have claimed 36 men's and women's indoor and outdoor titles overall under legendary Head Coach George Williams, who now has the most NCAA track and field championships as a coach, regardless of division.

The Falcons clinched the victory in the men’s 200-meter dash late in the meet. They trailed 50-47 to the University of Findlay heading into the event, but Burkheart Ellis, Jr. finished third in the 200 to give the Falcons a 53-50 lead with two events left. The lead held as the Falcons won their 13th NCAA Division II men’s outdoor title. Ashland University placed third with 43 points.St. Aug Championship Website Photo 2015

The Lady Falcons tied for eighth among the women’s teams with 26 points. Central Missouri won the women’s outdoor title with 59 points followed by Lincoln (Mo.) University with 50 points and New Mexico Highlands University with 42 points.

SAU's men’s squad entered Saturday with 10 points after David Shaw, Jr. won the triple jump Friday. This was the first time in Williams’ illustrious 39-year coaching career that the Falcons competed without a men's 4x400-meter relay team in the finals. The Falcons had won 21 of 28 men's mile-relay races at the NCAA outdoor championships, and were the three-time defending champs in their signature event.

The Falcons also competed without a high jumper or a 400-meter hurdler in the finals, but they had more than enough sprinters to take home another championship trophy.

“It was a blessing,” Williams said about the Falcons’ latest championship. “The kids did their jobs well and came through for the team. We are glad to be a part of the Mighty Falcons. The sons and daughters of Saint Augustine’s University did what they were supposed to do.”

The Falcons stepped up in the other men’s events to quickly move up the leaderboard. The 4x100-meter relay team held off Pittsburg State University to finish second and Moussa Dembele was seventh in the men’s 110-meter hurdles early in the meet. The 4x100 squad consisted of JaQuan Demiel, Ellis, Kevaughn Hewitt and Daniel Jamieson.

The pivotal race was the men’s 400-meter dash when the Falcons scored 19 points to take their first lead. Omar Johnson, ranked first in the 400 for the final five weeks of the regular season, won the national title in the event while Khari Herbert, Jr. (So./Coral Springs, FL) was third and Ellis placed sixth.

Several other Falcons scored critical points late. Jamieson placed sixth in the men’s 100-meter finals and Immanuel Hutchinson finished fourth in the men’s 800-meter finals. Their points helped the Falcons keep pace with Findlay, who re-gained the lead briefly before Ellis pushed the champs ahead for good in the 200.

In the women’s events, Livingstone College's Quanara Hayes became only the second women to win three consecutive outdoor national titles in the 400m dash.  She is also the first female to capture national titles in both the 400m and 200m races at the nationals.

In addition to the national titles won by SAU's Shaw and Johnson and LC's Hayes, SAU Lady Falcon Tia-Adana Belle won a national title in the 400m hurdles. She entered the meet as the top-ranked 400-meter hurdler for the last eight weeks and she did not disappoint, running a career-best 57.45 seconds to win an event she had dominated during the regular season.Belle also helped the Lady Falcons place second in the women’s 4x400-meter relay and eighth in the women’s 4x100-meter relay. The 4x400 relay team included Sherrie-Ann Ashman, Cherrisse Lynch and Fanta Fofana. The 4x100 relay squad included Ashman, Shakinah Brooks and Ornella Livingston.Other national champions from HBCUs included Janae Johnson - Lincoln (Mo,) [100m dash], Ladonna Richards - Lincoln (Mo,) [100mh] and Lincoln's 4X100m women's relay team.  Johnson C. Smith's men's 4X100m relay team also took home a national crown.SAU's Coach Williams went into the meet tied with Texas A&M University Head Coach Pat Henry for the most NCAA track & field championships as a coach before surpassing him Saturday. Williams, also the Saint Augustine’s University Athletic Director, has the most NCAA track & field titles for a coach at one school, regardless of division, and the most NCAA Division II track & field championships as a coach.

HBCU Division II All-Americans
Finished 8th or higher in the national finals

Women's Long Jump
Shakinah Brooks - St. Augustine's
Amenze Uhunmwangho - St. Augustine's

Women's Triple Jump
Tajanel McNeill - Winston-Salem St.
Krishanda Campbell-Brown - Benedict

Women's 100m dash
Janae Johnson - Lincoln (Mo.)*
Trisana Fairweather - Claflin

Women's 100m hurdles
Ladonna Richards - Lincoln (Mo.)*

Women's 200m dash
Quanera Hayes - Livingstone*
Yanique Ellington - Lincoln (Mo.)
Janae Johnson - Lincoln (Mo.)
Trisana Fairweather - Claflin

Women's 400m dash
Quanera Hayes - Livingstone*

Women's 400m hurdles
Tia-Adana Belle - St. Augustine's*
Tametris Morrison - Winston-Salem St.
Ladonna Richards - Lincoln (Mo.)

Women's 800m run
Jhevere Hall - Lincoln (Mo.)

Women's 4X100m Relay
Lincoln (Mo.)* [Keja Christie, Yanique Ellington, Kimberley Bailey, Janae Johnson]
Winston-Salem St. [Tajanel McNeill, Nya Michaux, Raven Covington, Ty-Leah Hampton]
St. Augustine's [Sherri-Ann Ashman, Tia-Adana Belle, Shakinah Brooks, Ornella Livingston]

Women's 4X400m relay
St. Augustine's [Sherri-Ann Ashman, Cherrisse Lynch, Fanta Fofana, Tia-Adana Belle]
Winston-Salem St. [RoDaijah Faucette, Raven Hamilton, Ty-Leah Hampton, Tametris Morrison]

Men's Long Jump
Michane Rickets - Johnson C. Smith

Men's Triple Jump
David Shaw - St. Augustine's*

Men's 100m dash
Daniel Jameison - St. Augustine's

Men's 110m hurdles
Moussa Dembele - St. Augustine's

Men's 200m dash
Waynee Hyman - Johnson C. Smith
Burkheart Ellis Jr. - St. Augustine's
Miguel Barton - Lincoln (Mo.)
Dontavius Wright - Stillman

Men's 400m dash
Omar Johnson - St. Augustine's*
Dontavius Wright - Stillman
Khari Herbert - St. Augustine's
Miguel Barton - Lincoln (Mo.)
Burkheart Ellis Jr. - St. Augustine's
Waynee Hyman - Johnson C. Smith

Men's 400m hurdles
Winston Edwards - Lincoln (Mo.)

Men's 800m run
Immanuel Hutchinson - St. Augustine's

Men's 4X100m Relay
Johnson C. Smith* [David Ellis, Rajiv Service, Waynee Hyman, Joshua Cunningham]
St. Augustine's [JaQuan Demiel, Burkheart Ellis Jr., Kevaughn Hewitt, Daniel Jameison]
Lincoln (Mo.) [Wesley Best, Miguel Barton, Roger Blake, Ramone Hill]
Stillman [Michael Newton, Solomon Atosona, De'Mon Anderson, Dontavius Wright]

Men's 4x400m relay
Stillman [Marcus Victorian, Michael Newton, James Bigham III, Dontavius Wright]
Virginia State [Te'Shad Chambers, Devon Thompson, Justin Williams, Clive Cameron]
Johnson C. Smith [Patrick Campbell, Joshua Cunningham, Rajiv Service, Waynee Hyman]

* - National Champion
Women's Team Scores
Place Team Points
1 Central Missouri 59.00
2 Lincoln (Mo.) 50.00
3 New Mexico Highlands 42.00
4 Grand Valley St. 41.00
5 Pittsburg St. 31.00
6 Azusa Pacific 30.00
7 Ashland 29.00
8 Hillsdale 26.00
8 St. Augustine's 26.00
8 Wayne St. (Neb.) 26.00
11 Livingstone 20.00
12 Lewis 18.00
12 Western Washington 18.00
12 Winston-Salem St. 18.00
15 Adams State 16.00
15 Tarleton State 16.00
17 Angelo State 15.00
17 New Haven 15.00
17 Southern Indiana 15.00
20 West Texas A&M 14.00
21 Fort Hays St. 13.00
21 So. Conn. St. 13.00
23 Alabama-Huntsville 12.00
23 Chico State 12.00
23 Lindenwood 12.00
26 Augustana (S.D.) 10.00
26 Simon Fraser 10.00
26 TAMU-Kingsville 10.00
26 Winona State 10.00
30 Alaska Anchorage 9.00
30 Claflin 9.00
30 Findlay 9.00
30 Tiffin 9.00
34 Cedarville 8.00
34 Harding 8.00
34 Merrimack 8.00
34 Shorter 8.00
34 U-Mary 8.00
39 Chadron State 7.00
39 Southwest Baptist 7.00
41 Black Hills St. 6.00
41 Bloomsburg 6.00
41 Nova Southeastern 6.00
41 Seton Hill 6.00
45 Dallas Baptist 5.00
45 Minnesota State 5.00
45 Minnesota-Duluth 5.00
45 Stonehill 5.00
45 Ursuline (Ohio) 5.00
50 Adelphi 4.00
50 MSU-Moorhead 4.00
50 Slippery Rock 4.00
50 Wayne St. 4.00
54 Academy of Art 3.00
54 East Stroudsburg 3.00
54 Indianapolis 3.00
54 Northern State 3.00
58 American Int'l 2.00
58 Bellarmine 2.00
58 Cal Baptist 2.00
58 Colorado Mines 2.00
58 Missouri Southern 2.00
58 Seattle Pacific 2.00
58 Sioux Falls 2.00
58 West Liberty 2.00
58 Wingate 2.00
67 Benedict 1.00
 
Men's Team Scores
Place Team Points
1 St. Augustine's 53.00
2 Findlay 50.00
3 Ashland 43.00
4 TAMU-Kingsville 41.00
5 Adams State 40.00
5 Pittsburg St. 40.00
7 Minnesota State 39.00
8 TAMU-Commerce 34.50
9 Southern Indiana 33.00
10 Grand Valley St. 30.00
11 Central Missouri 23.00
11 Johnson C. Smith 23.00
13 Shippensburg 21.00
14 Angelo State 20.00
15 Tarleton State 18.00
16 Chico State 17.00
16 Stillman 17.00
18 Missouri Southern 16.00
19 Azusa Pacific 15.00
19 Lincoln (Mo.) 15.00
19 West Texas A&M 15.00
22 Cal Poly Pomona 14.50
23 Tiffin 14.00
23 Western Washington 14.00
25 Colorado Mines 12.00
26 So. Conn. St. 11.00
27 Adelphi 10.00
27 Chadron State 10.00
27 Hillsdale 10.00
30 Alaska Anchorage 9.00
30 CSU-Pueblo 9.00
32 Cal St. Stanislaus 8.00
32 Emporia St. 8.00
32 Lake Superior State 8.00
32 Lewis 8.00
36 Western State 7.50
37 Black Hills St. 6.00
37 Saint Martin's 6.00
37 Wingate 6.00
40 Northwest Nazarene 4.50
41 East Central 4.00
41 Nova Southeastern 4.00
43 Fort Hays St. 3.00
43 Indianapolis 3.00
43 St. Joseph's (Ind.) 3.00
43 UC San Diego 3.00
43 Western Oregon 3.00
48 Academy of Art 2.00
48 Augustana (S.D.) 2.00
48 Cal St. Los Angeles 2.00
48 Colorado Mesa 2.00
48 Lake Erie 2.00
48 Virginia State 2.00
 
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