A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Eight HBCU All-Americans Crowned at Div I Outdoor Track Championships
Several HBCU performers earned All-American honors in five events at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships which culminated this past weekend at Sacramento State University.
Jerome Mathis (Hampton – 200M), David Oliver (Howard – 100MH), Darryl Reeves (South Carolina State – Long Jump), Desmond Kapofu (Norfolk St – Triple Jump) and Florida A&M’s 4X100M men’s relay team competed in the finals of their respective events earning All-America honors for 2003.
Mathis registered a personal best time Saturday night en route to capturing second place in the Men’s 200 Meter Dash.
He finished the race in 20.48 seconds just .01 behind Leo Bookman (Kansas State) who won the event in 20.47 seconds. The Petersburg, Va sophomore also plays football for Hampton.
Oliver became the first Howard All-American in almost 15 years when he finished 4th in the 110M hurdles. The junior, a native of Denver, Colorado, is also the three-time MEAC outdoor champion in the event.
Reeves, a sophomore from Augusta, Ga, had a leap of 25 feet 2 inches to finish eighth and become the first outdoor track All-American for SCSU since 2001. He is the fifth All-American for the Bulldogs in the last three seasons.
Kapofu finished 6th in the triple jump.
FAMU’s relay team consisted of James Anune, Brent Mobley, Antwanare Jones and Sheldon Morant. They finshed fifth in the finals with a time of 39.62 seconds.