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Abilene Christian Sweeps Division II Crowns
Despite winning four of 21 events and scoring points in four others, the Falcon men were edged by 6.5 points.
ACU led Saint Aug 88.5-56 with seven events remaining but the Falcons’ Dennis Boone swept the 100m and 200m and the Falcons’ 4x400m relay team of Josh Scott, Chris Cox, Antonio Abney and Randy Curry captured first place in the final event.
Saint Aug’s Joe Kindred won the high jump title on Friday.
ACU outlasted Saint Aug 108.5-102 to claim its sixth championship in seven years and 17th overall. The Falcons, who last won a men’s title in 2001, took second for the third straight year.
The margin was the closest since 2006 when ACU nipped Saint Aug 80-77.5.
The Wildcats winning margin was boosted by a 1-2 finish in the decathlon by Camille Vandendreissc and Chris Pounds. ACU won three events including head-to-head wins over Saint Aug in the 400m and 110h.
Lincoln (MO) finished fifth overall (46 pts). Albany State came in eighth (22pts) followed by Morehouse (21st-10), Virginia State (28th-7.5) and Fort Valley State (39th-5)
HBCU athletes claimed seven men’s and four women’s individual titles.
In addition to Boone’s double in the 100m and 200m, Kindred’s victory in the high jump and St. Aug’s 4x400m relay title, Morehouse’s Damian Prince won the 400m hurdles.
Lincoln’s Wilbert Walker won the triple jump and the Blue Tiger quartet of Franklyn Mitchell, Kawayne Fisher, Dwayne Bryden and Kimour Bruce win the 4x100m relay.
St. Augustine’s Barbara Pierre successfully defended her title in the 100 meters.
Lincoln’s Nandelle Cameron won the 200m and her teammate Notoya Thompson won the high jump. The Lady Tiger quartet of Monique Robinson, Patricia Tinglin, Meisha Thompson and Carla Thomas won the 4x400m relay.
Abilene Christian’s women won the overall title for the 10th time marking the seventh time that the teams have won both titles in the same year.
Lincoln finished third overall with 54 points followed by St. Augustine’s (6th-37pts), Albany State (18th-17), Fort Valley State (22nd-12) and Bowie State (37th-5).