CARY — Saint Augustine’s University swept the CIAA men’s and women’s cross country titles for the second consecutive year at WakeMed Soccer Park on Thursday.
The Falcons and Lady Falcons have combined to win over 150 cross country and track and field conference crowns under coach George Williams.
“Our student-athletes and (assistant coach) Sandy Chapman did a great job of bringing home both championships,” Williams said. “Chapman, being a premier cross country coach, made it happen.”
The Falcons, led by Torion Bailey’s first-place finish, scored 47 points to place first in the 12-team men’s 8K run. Virginia Union University was second with 58 points and Virginia State University was third with 80 points.
The Lady Falcons placed four runners in the top six to score 29 points for the easy victory in the women’s 12-team 5K run. Virginia State, led by the first-place finish of Taylor-Ashley Bean, was second with 69 points and Winston-Salem State University was third with 76 points.
Bailey won the men’s 8K race with a time of 25 minutes, 58.14 seconds. Frank Charles of Virginia Union was second in 26.36.24 and Christopher Henry of Virginia State was third in 26.36.71. St. Aug beat Virginia Union on the strength of its depth. Five St. Aug runners, including Bailey, finished among the top 16.
St. Aug relied its deep pool of runners to win the women’s race in a rout. Bean of Virginia State was the overall winner in 18:58.37 followed by three Falcons. Skylar Wallen was second in 19:04.29, Fanta Fofana was third in 19:44.45 and Kelly Shaw was fourth in 19:56.50.
Duke: The NCAA has announced the first- and second-round NCAA Tournament contests at Duke will be played on March 22 and 24 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils will feature game times of 11 a.m. and 1:30 on March 22, followed by 6:30 on March 24.
Campbell: Campbell was selected third in the Big South preseason poll and junior guard Kiera Gaines was honored on the league’s seven-member preseason team.