Saint Augustine’s University swept the league men’s and women’s titles for the second consecutive year at the CIAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at JDL Fast Track on Monday, February 17. The Falcons captured their 17th straight CIAA indoor crown and 29th conference championship overall. They are the defending NCAA Division II indoor and outdoor champions. The Lady Falcons won their second CIAA crown in a row and their 17th in 18 seasons. St. Aug has won 33 NCAA Division II crowns and over 150 CIAA championships under legendary Head Coach George Williams.
“I am proud of our teams,” Williams said. “They worked very hard to achieve success. I am extremely proud of the young ladies.”
The Falcons scored 194 points to win easily over their league opponents. Virginia Union was second with 99 points and Virginia State was third with 72 points. The Falcons are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation among Division II men’s teams.
The Lady Falcons scored 117 points to outdistance the field among the women. Virginia State University was second with 90 points and Johnson C. Smith University was third with 87.
The trio of DeJon Wilkinson (Sr./,Summerville, SC), JaQuan Demiel (Jr.Suffolk, VA) and David Shaw (Jr./Red Springs, NC) of the Falcons were named CIAA Men’s Tri-MVPs in the field events. Wilkinson captured the men’s triple jump and placed fourth in the long jump. Demiel won the long jump and was fourth in the triple jump. Shaw was second in the triple jump and third in the long jump. Each jumper scored 14 points apiece for the Falcons.
The Falcons dominated the men’s events. Moussa Dembele (Sr./Dakar, Senegal) won the 60 meter hurdles and Ty’reak Murray (Sr./Portsmouth, VA) finished second. Murray also won the heptathlon. Jermaine Jones (Soph./Wilmington, NC) took the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter dash while Joshua Edmonds (Sr./Jacksonville, FL) won the 400 meter dash and placed second in the 200.
Elhadji Mbow (Sr./Dakar, Senegal) was first, Jameel Walcott (Sr./Piarco, Trinidad & Tobago) was second and Jalen Robinson-McCoy (Soph./Mitchellville, MD) placed third in the 800 meter run. The foursome of Roxroy Cato (Sr./Jamaica), Dembele, Edmonds and Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Soph./Raleigh, N.C.) claimed the 4x400 meter relay.
Eddie Shelton (Sr./Deltona, FL) was second and Alex Louden (Jr./Zebulon, NC) was third in the high jump. Torion Bailey (Sr./Compton, CA) was second in the one-mile run. The quartet of Bailey, Kevaughn Hewitt (Soph./Miamar, FL), Robinson-McCoy and Walcott won the distance relay medley.
The Lady Falcons won one event and placed among the top three in many other events. The squad of Tia-Adana Belle (Fr./Barbados), Courtney Bowman (Fr./Washington, D.C.), Akeisha Dumont (Jr./Brooklyn, NY) and Sherri-Ann Ashman (Jr./Brooklyn, NY) crossed the finish line first in the 4x400 meter relay. Shamia Lassiter (Soph./Chesapeake, VA) was second in the 60 hurdles and Kandace Thomas (Jr./Canton, OH) finished second in the 60 dash. Cherrisse Lynch (Jr./St. Lawrence, Barbados) was second and Dumont third in the 400 dash. Dumont also was second in the 200 dash. Fanta Fofana (Jr./Amiens, France) placed third in the 3000 meter run, the 800 meter run and the mile run.
Belle was second in the high jump and Shakinah Brooks (Fr./Raleigh, NC) placed second in the long jump. Kirsten Bowens (Sr./Mahwah, NJ) placed second in the pentathlon. The quartet of Lynch, Daisia Robinson (Soph./High Point, NC), Fofana and Belle was second in the distance medley relay.
Full results of the indoor championships can be found on theciaa.com.