College Notebook

St. Augustine’s men win NCAA Division II track title

News ServicesMay 26, 2013 

— Powered by its sprinters and hurdlers, Saint Augustine’s completed its season as the best men’s outdoor track and field team in NCAA Division II.

The Falcons scored 99 points on the final day to run away with the men’s team crown at Colorado State at Pueblo on Saturday.

St. Augustine’s has won 33 men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor titles combined and 11 men’s outdoor titles under coach George Williams.

The Falcons scored 105 points. Ashland was second with 57 points and Adams State was third with 44.

The outdoor title comes on the heels of the indoor crown won by the Falcons in March. It is the first time a team has swept both championships since 2005. The last time the Falcons were indoor and outdoor champions was 2001.

“The kids did a good job,” Williams said. “They started the indoor season with a vision. They worked hard. I am proud of them.”

Among the women, the Falcons tied for 14th with 18 points. Academy of Art was the winner with 60 points and Johnson C. Smith placed second with 54.

The Falcons won four men’s events and scored significant points in several others to win easily. The winners were the 4x100 relay team, the 4x400 relay team, Dane Hyatt in the 400 dash and Jermaine Jones in the 200 dash.

On the women’s side, the Falcons claimed the 4x400 relay.

“This is a typical St. Aug group,” Williams said. “We excelled in sprints, hurdles, relays and jumps.”

Duke: In the final event of the NCAA East first round in Greensboro, the women’s 4x400 relay set a school record by clocking 3 minutes, 37.51 seconds Saturday. Sophomore Elizabeth Kerpon ran a 52.8 anchor leg to secure the record-breaking time.

The team consisted of senior Cydney Ross and sophomores Kerpon, Lauren Hansson and Alexis Roper. They finished 15th overall, missing qualification for the NCAA championships by just over a second.

“Fantastic race for these ladies, said Norm Ogilvie, director of track and field. “It is exciting for them to get the school record. They worked really hard for it. This is really only the second time we have put that team on the track and to see them come through like that is a great way to end the meet for us.” After three days of competition, the Duke roster for the NCAA championships totals four: Curtis Beach (decathlon), Austin Gamble (discus), Anima Banks (800) and Ross (800).

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