HBCU Track Roundup

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: June 1, 2010

OREGON — Fifteen individuals and four teams from HBCUs will be heading to Eugene, Oregon next week for the 2010 Division I Outdoor Track Championships which begin June 9.

Leading the field will be North Carolina A&T senior Calesio Newman, who qualified in three events; the 100m, 200m aand 400m relay, making him the first Aggie in school history to qualify for nationals in three different events. Newman is headed to nationals for the third time in his career.

Hampton’s Aaron Anderson also qualified for the same three events as Newman setting up a rematch from the MEAC Championships where Newman won both running events while the Pirates prevailed in the 400m relay.

The Aggies and Pirates will be joined by the 400m relay team from Maryland-Eastern Shore. MEAC 1600m Relay Champion Delaware State will be making its second straight appearance in the nationals.

The team of Burton Clarke, Ryan Carter, Kevaughn Laviea and Donte Holmes earned a trip to the 2010 NCAA national championships after finishing seventh at the East Regional in Greensboro, N.C., with a time of 3:06.06 this weekend.

The top 12 teams in the four regions advance to the national championship.

Norfolk State senior Raphael Hall tied for eighth at the East Region Championship in Greensboro to earn a spot in the national championship field. Hall tied with two other jumpers with a top height of 6 feet, 11 inches.

Seven other athletes cleared 7-1 to lead the pack of 12 who will advance to nationals. This will be Hall’s second trip to the national meet in his Spartan career.

Hall’s teammate Aramis Massenburg will be joined by Florida A&M’s Demarius Carroll in the 110m hurdles competition.

UMES sophomore Cynthia Anais broke the school record in the women’s 800-meter to qualify for a trip to the west coast. She finished ninth overall and third in her heat with a 2:05.33, which broke her previous record of 2:05.84, set nearly two weeks ago at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.

DIVISION II RECAP

Saint Augustine’s College successfully defended its men’s team title and 15 HBCU performers or teams won national titles at the 2010 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, NC.

Beginning the final day of the weather-delayed meet with five points, St. Aug ran away with the men’s competition, outscoring second-place challenger Abilene Christian 82 to 62. Central Missouri finished third with 38 points.

Lincoln (MO) failed to defend its women’s title, finishing second (73 points) behind Angelo State (87 points). Grand Valley State was third with 47 points.

The Falcons won their 31st NCAA crown overall behind Josh Scott, who won the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes. Scott also anchored the winning 4×400 relay team and ran on the winning 4×100 squad.

Scott’s time of 45.11 seconds in the 400 is the 10th fastest in Division II history, and the 4×400 team’s time of 3:04.95 was the fastest in Division II this season. It was about two seconds faster than second-place Angelo State.

Lincoln’s Semoy Hackett was a three time winner. She successfully defended her 100m and 200m titles and ran the second leg of the Blue Tigers winning 4X100m relay team.

Johnson C. Smith’s Shermaine Williams defended her title winning the women’s 100m hurdles, as did Fort Valley State’s Antoinette Oglesby in the women’s triple jump. Lincoln’s Michelle Cumberbatch finished first in the women’s 400m hurdles.

Lincoln’s Racquel Anderson won the women’s long jump on Thursday before severe weather forced the postponement of most of Friday’s events.

In addition to Scott’s two individual titles and relay titles in the 4X100m and 4X400m, St. Aug’s Jason Boyd won the men’s 110m hurdles.

Lincoln’s Kimour Bruce took the men’s 100m dash title while Johnson C. Smith’s Leford Green finished first in the 400m hurdles.

Saturday’s field events were highlighted by a men’s high jump battle between Virginia State’s Hoova Taylor and St. Aug’s Chris Copeland. After tying at 2.19 meters and missing all three attempts at 2.22m, the two participated in a “jump-off” with Copeland missing and Taylor clearing 2.12m.