ATLANTA – Benedict College won the 2013 SIAC Women's Track & Field Championships, the first in its school's history, Saturday evening at the historic Edwin Moses track between the hedges of B.T. Harvey Stadium on the campus of Morehouse College.
Scoring 224.50 points, the Lady Tigers dominated the three day event by claiming gold medals in eight events, while placing second in five events to unseat defending SIAC Women's Champion Albany State, who finished as the runner-up of the meet with 160.5 points. Clark Atlanta finished third place with 97.50 points.
Benedict was led by freshman Jonnise Pierce, who was named Most Valuable Track Performer and Cleve L. Abbott Award Winner (Highest Total Meet Points) after scoring 36 points. Pierce claimed top honors in the 1,500 meters, 10,000 meter events, while earning second place in the 800 meters, 5,000 meter events.
The Lady Tigers also received a major boost from its sprinter Chamekea Davis, Stephanie Rhoden, Terae Sweeting, and Krishanda Cambell-Brown, who all medaled for first and second in several events. Campbell-Brown was named the co-Most Valuable Field Athlete of the Year after finishing second in the triple jump, long jump, 100 meter hurdles and third in the high jump. She also placed seventh in the pole vault.
Benedict head coach Frank Hyland was named the Most Outstanding Coach of the event.
Davis stunned everyone with her amazing performances this weekend. Not only did she break the Benedict school record in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.77. She also ran a personal best time of 24.36 in the 200 meter dash. She is ranked eighth in the NCAA Division II National Ranking in the 100 meter dash.
She was followed by teammates Jermeshia Kellogg, who finished sixth in the 200 meter dash with a personal-best time of 24.94 and eighth in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.33, and Jessica Jeans, who finished sixth in the 100 meter dash with a season-best time of 12.17 and seventh in the 200 meter dash with a season-best time of 2.48.
Astacia Watkins won the 3000 meter steeple chase, 5000 meter run and finished second in the 10000 meter run behind her teammate Pierce. They were followed by Kadejah Outlaw, who finished seventh in the 10000 meter run.
Stephanie Rhoden dominated the competition in the 400 meter dash with personal-best time of 56.25. Teammate Arikay Hunt finished third with a personal-best time of 57.35 and Shanterria King finished sixth with a personal-best time of 57.91.
Campbell-Brown was second in the 100 meter hurdles, where she ran her personal-best time of 14.48. Teammate Shaniqua Brown was seventh with a time of 15.77.
Shanterria King finished sixth in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:07.65.
Benedict's women's 4x400 meter relay team of Rhoden, Hunt, Ruddesha Strachan and King dominated the competition by breaking the school record with a time of 3:54.52. The 4x 100 meter relay team of Tiffany Willigham, Kellogg, Jeans and Davis finished second with a NCAA Provisional Qualifying time of 46.72, which they ran in the preliminaries.
Annalece Nembhard won the shot put throw with a mark of 12.50 meters (41 feet, ¼ inch) and was fifth in the discus throw with a mark of 35.02 meters (114 feet, 10 ¼ inches).
Terea Sweeting dominated the javelin throw with a mark of 37.00 meters (121 feet, 4 ¾ inches). She also scored in the discus throw, finishing eighth with a mark of 32.44 meters (106 feet, 5 ¼ inches).
Jallisa Clifford finished second in the hammer throw with a mark of 36.94 meters (108 feet, 1 inch).
Shaniqua Brown finished eighth in the heptathlon by scoring 3179 points.
Ruddesha Strachan finished seventh in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:35 and sixth in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:32.07 and Mikarla Swann who finished fourth in the 1500 meter run with a time of 5:22.79 and seventh in the 5000 meter run with a 22:59.
The Benedict men's track and field team finished fifth overall with 85 points.
Deon Clifford finished first in the 3000 meter steeple chase with a time of 9:49 and first in the 5000 meter run with a personal-best time of 14:49.45, which is a new school record. He also placed fourth in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:17 and sixth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:01.81.
Timothy Kisang finished fifth in the 5000 meter run time of with 15:25.44, fourth in the 3000 meter steeple chase with a time of 10:16.50 and sixth in the 10000 meter run with a time of 36:24, while Tom Brink ran a personal-best in the 5000 meter run with time of 16:01.45 and eighth in the 3000 meter steeple chase with a time of 10:49.47 and a time of 38:05.38 in the 10000 meter run.
The men's 4x 100 meter relay team of Walter Cureton, Shaquille McCain, Jaleel Waldron and Alex Hamilton finished fifth with a season-best time of 42.14.
The men's field events were dominated by Devin Gainer, who finished first in the hammer throw with a mark of 41.02 meters (134 feet, 7 inches) and sixth in the discus throw with a mark of 37.30 meters (122 feet, 4 ½ inches). He was followed by teammate Joshua Washington, who scored in the discus throw with a mark of 36.96 meters (121 feet, 3 inches), finishing seventh.
Stradford Barnett finished first in the shot put throw with a personal-best mark of 13.35 meters (43 feet, 9 ½ inches).
Tre Adderely finished first in the javelin throw with a mark of 54.03 meters (177 feet, 3 ¼ inches) and fifth in the pole vault, where he jumped 3.49 meters (11 feet, 5 inches). He was also in the decathlon, but could not finish due to injury.
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