|JCSU women win CIAA track|
|Golden Bulls' third title in four years|
|Published Sunday, April 20, 2014 1:37 pm|
Johnson C. Smith is the new standard in CIAA women’s outdoor track and field.
The Golden Bulls won their third league championship in the last four years on April 19, by slipping past St. Augustine’s 132-131 at Virginia State. The championship was JCSU’s second straight and third under head coach Lennox Graham, who has led the Bulls to all of their outdoor titles.
“It was a very tough championship for us, ” Graham said. “St. Aug had a lot talented athletes, but we dug deep and pulled it out. It was a total team effort.
“I’m very proud of the whole team: the student-athletes, my assistant coaches, the athletic training staff, and our massage therapist; again it was a total team effort.”
JCSU senior Danielle Williams continued her dominance in earning the most outstanding award with wins in the 100 meters (11.71 seconds), 200 meters (23.49) and 100 hurdles (14.09). She also ran on the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads.
Junior thrower Imeshia Jones (Reidsville, N.C.) won the javelin for the third straight season with a throw of 37.06 meters and finished sixth in shot put (11.11 meters).
In the 4x100m relay, Shamaz Quince, Williams, Trudy-Ann Richards and Samantha Elliott finished first with a time of 45.09 seconds. The 4x400m squad of A’Tyan Kennedy (Rock Hill, S.C.), Tovea Jenkins Crystal Campbell and Williams ran a season-best 3:40.68.
JCSU showed its depth aside from Williams’ performance. Elliott and Kennedy finished second and fourth in the 100 hurdles at 14.11 and 15.01 seconds respectively. Jenkins set a school record with her second place time of 53.48 in the 400 meters while Elliott took second in the 400 hurdles at 1 minute 00.27 seconds.
Freshman Domenique Julius-Williams was third in the 1500 at 4:52.57.
JCSU finished fourth in the men’s championship with 85 points. Saint Augustine’s won its 17th straight championship with 193 points.
Golden Bulls Randale Watson and Geovanie Foote won individual field championships, with Watson earning his third shot put title on a heave of 16.12 meters. Foote tossed the javelin 50.13 meters to claim the championship.
The Golden Bulls will go to Philadelphia for the Penn Relays April 24-26, then participate in the Division II national championships.
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