April 26, 2010
Rio Grande, Ohio - The Shorter College men's track and field team have made a habit of excelling at the conference level.
Now NAIA excellence awaits, and judging by the Hawks' latest accomplishment, history may be in the making.
The Hawks, winners of the past two Mid-South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, made it three in a row over the weekend, taking first place at the conference meet held at the Stockmeister Track & Field Complex on the campus of the University of Rio Grande.
Shorter, which turned in a program-best fifth place finish at the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in St. Louis last year, seems poised to improve upon that lofty mark this year, as it set three conference records and two school records en route to the three-peat.
The Hawks' relay team reigned supreme, sweeping the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 Mid-South titles.
The 4x100 unit of Nick Dodson, Shaun Kennedy, Montez Valentine and Randall Dameron Jr. set a conference record with a time of 40.96. The squad consists of three juniors, Dodson, Kennedy and Valentine, and a freshman, Dameron.
Shorter's 4x400 group of Valentine, freshmen Anthony Taylor and Marchello Sinkfield and sophomore Terence Scruggs took first in a facility record time of 3:18.10 and the 4x800 squad of senior Allen O'Neal, sophomores Eliud N'getich and Peter Limo and freshman Fouad Rtaimate won its event in a conference record time of 7:48.91.
Shorter's field athletes produced three individual championships, scoring crucial points to turn a day one logjam at the top of the standings into a comfortable Hawks' cushion on Saturday.
Senior Jospeh Chisholm won the shot put with a throw of 46'11.5" and junior Montagious Brown, the 2008 NAIA indoor high jump champion, successfully defended his Mid-South title in the outdoor high jump, needing just 6'3" in the finals to claim the crown.
Taylor took home the long jump championship with a finals jump of 23'2.5".
The hurdlers excelled as Shorter won both the 110 and 400 hurdles and the middle distance runners shined, bringing two more individual crowns back to Rome in the 1,500 meter run and 800 meter run.
Senior N'aithan Scott raced to a victory in the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 14.65 and junior Nick Dodson, a national favorite in the 400 hurdles after his runner-up finish in 2009, was in top form in the event finals in Rio Grande, setting a conference record with a winning time of 51.46. Scruggs and Sinkfield completed a 1-2-3 finish for the Hawks in the 400 hurdles with times of 52.45 and 54.85, respectively.
Limo cruised to a victory in the 1,500 meters, crossing the line in a time of 4:12.48, ahead of teammate and second place finisher N'getich (4:13.21).
Gregory O'Neal won the Mid-South 800 meter title in a time of 1:55.87.
Shorter finished 2-3-4 in the 400 meter dash, with Dameron leading the way with a school-record effort of 47.62 that landed him second. Taylor (48.74) and Valentine (49.23) finished third and fourth, respectively.
The Hawks will take part in a tune-up for the 2010 NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships when they travel to Oxford, Miss., for the Mississippi Open on May 1. The national championships will take place in Marion, Ind., on May 27-29.