RALEIGH, N.C. (May 14) – Saint Augustine’s University gained momentum heading into the NCAA Division II Championships after winning eight events in the Mount Olive Final Qualifier track and field meet in Mount Olive, N.C., on Sunday, May 13. The SAU men and women combined for 13 automatic and provisional times and marks at the meet, which took place at the Ray McDonald Sr. Complex.
Sunday was the last day to qualify for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, which will be held at the Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, N.C., on May 24-26. The Falcons are the five-time defending men’s outdoor national champions, and the SAU program has won 39 national titles under Head Coach George Williams, who has won the most NCAA track and field championships of any coach, regardless of division.
In Mount Olive, the Falcons claimed five victories in the men’s events. Brandon Valentine-Parris (Jr./St. Vincent) won the 400-meter dash in a provisional time of 46.72 which is the eighth-best time in Division II this season. Shaquille Dill (Jr./Pembroke, Bermuda) won the 800-meter run in a provisional time of 1:49.96 and the foursome of Dill, Valentine-Parris, Dontarian Evans (Jr./Gainesville, FL) and Adrian Kimmons (Sr./Cold Water, MS) captured the 4×400-meter relay in a provisional time of 3:09.64 which is the seventh-fastest DII time this season.
Shannon Kalawan wins the 400mh at Mount Olive Final Qualifier with a time of 57.45 @SAUFalcons @SAU_News @CIAAForLife @trackalerts @Track_Probs @NCAADII @NCAATrackField @rashidfdavis pic.twitter.com/QS1wXqZXyV
— Rashid F. Davis (@rashidfdavis) May 13, 2018
Dakarai Hightower (Sr./Tacoma, WA) placed first in the high jump with a provisional mark of 7-0.5. Justin Williams (Jr./Long Island, NY) was first in the triple jump with a provisional leap of 49-9.
The Lady Falcons were victorious in three events. Ade Hunter (Sr./Philadelphia, PA) won the 400-meter dash in a provisional time of 54.60 which ranks ninth nationally in the event. Top-ranked Shannon Kalawan (So./Westmoreland, Jamaica) finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with an automatic time of 57.45 and Magaly Tshipopo (Sr./Orleans, France) placed first in the long jump with a provisional leap of 19-0.75.
In addition to the winners, Shakera Hall (Sr./Bridgetown, Barbados) placed third in the women’s 100-meter hurdles (13.89) and Amanda Crawford (So./Brooklyn, NY) was fifth in the women’s 200-meter dash (24.35). Tshipopo finished second in the women’s triple jump (40-10.5) with the eighth-longest DII mark this season.
#HBCUlove to the men's and women's track & field teams @SAUFalcons for winning another @CIAAForLife championship! Its the 15th title for the women and 21st *consecutive* title for the men https://t.co/8jtQ2Se2Fi
— The Hundred-Seven (@The107_hbcu) May 9, 2018
Evans placed sixth (21.36) in the men’s 200-meter dash. The quartet of Gilbert, Valentine-Parris, Kimmons and Evans placed second (40.48) in the men’s 4×100-meter relay.
Below are the Falcons’ and Lady Falcons’ top 10 finishers and where they placed at the meet. For total results, go to tfrrs.org.
- Dontarian Evans
- Damere Gilbert
- Brandon Valentine-Parris
- Shaquille Dill
- Alazae Hester-Tayler
- Damere Gilbert, Brandon Valentine-Parris, Adrian Kimmons, Dontarian Evans
- Dontarian Evans, Shaquille Dill, Adrian Kimmons, Brandon Valentine-Parris
- Dakarai Hightower
- Justin Williams
- Amanda Crawford
- Leah Barker
- Ade Hunter
- Shakera Hall
- Shannon Kalawan
- Magaly Tshipopo
- A’Lexus Wells
- Magaly Tshipopo
- A’Lexus Wells