April 25, 2009
Cumberlands, Ky. - In the Mid-South Conference Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of the Cumberlands, the Hawks and Lady Hawks from Shorter College reigned supreme, taking home both championships. This is the second consecutive year for the men's team and the first ever conference championship for the women's team.
This is the first time since 1997 that both a men's and women's team from the same sport at Shorter have both won the conference championship in the same year.
On the men's side, Shorter scored 276 points, a blowout over second place Berea College with 150 points, and University of the Cumberlands in third with 131 points.
The Hawks had several first place finishes in the event. Shorter's 4x100 team of Shaun Kennedy, Albeyon McMillan, Austin Hawthorne, and Albert Huntley took the top spot, finishing with a time of 41.37, and the 4x800 team of Remy Charpentier, Logan Cornutt, Lois Godelar and Andrew Rodriquez were first with a time of 8:04.45. The 4x400 team of Nick Dodson, Terrence Shruggs, and Gerron Herring completed the sweep with a time of 3:19.63.
Peter Limo took first in the 1500 meter (3:57.03), N'aithan Scott took first in the 110 meter hurdles (14.36), Herring took first in the 400 meter dash (48.22), and Kennedy won the 100 meter dash (11.05). Dodson continued Shorter's domination with a first place medal in the 400 meter hurdles (52.49), while last year's indoor National Champion Montagious Brown won the high jump with a 2.13 meter leap. In other field events, Curtis John won the discus throw (42.46m).
In the long distance 5000 meter run, Jared Carson took first with a time of 15:39.46.
The women's field went in similar fashion, with Shorter scoring 287.5 points, ahead of University of the Cumberlands with 142 points and Berea College with 121.66 points.
Justyna Mudy won the 10000 meter run (38:55.60), and ran again in the 3000 meter steeplechase for the first and second of her three top finishes.
The women swept all three relay events, with the 4x100 team (47.27) of Charnita McIntosh, Ashlie Stewartson, Brittany Sewell and K'Ianca Dupree, the 4x800 team (10:09.71) of Tia Moreland, Courtney Pike, Mudy and Sarah Massey, and the 4x400 team of Tia Jones, Dupree, Dominique Woods and Stewartson.
Jessica Coons took the top spot in the 100 meter hurdles (16.22), and Stewartson won the 400 meter dash with a time of 56.61. Dupree continued Shorter's winning with a first place in the 100 meter dash with a 12.06, and Moreland won the 800 meter dash with a 2:25.35.
Other winners were Coons again in the 400 meter hurdles (1:05.47), Dupree in the 200 meter dash (24.37), Worthy in the 5000 meter run (19:37.46),and Stewartson won Shorter's only top field event in the long jump (5.55m).
Shorter continues the road to Nationals over the next three weekends, with the National Championship in St. Louis on May 21-23.