Saturday, April 18, 2015

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ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Benedict College women's track and field team won the 2015 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship on the campus of Winthrop University, while the men's team finished third.

Benedict student-athletes also captured four of the five top awards for the tournament. The Lady Tigers took their second SIAC Championship in the last three years after previously winning in 2013.

Benedict's Krishanda Campbell-Brown won the Cleve Abbott award, presented to the male or female who scores the most points. Campbell-Brown scored 54 points in the championship, garnering three first-place awards in the pole vault, long jump and triple jump along with a second place in the heptathlon and a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. She did not medal, but scored points with a fourth-place finish in the high jump.

Jonnise Pierce, who won the Cleve Abbott award last year, won the award for the top female track athlete, winning the 10,000-meter run, the 5,000-meter run, the 3,000-meter steeplechase and claiming third-place in both the 800-meter run and the 1,500-meter run.

The Lady Tigers were in a tight race with runner-up and 2014 champion Albany State until the second-to-last event, the women's 5,000 meter run. Benedict's strong group of distance runners took three of the top four spots to give Benedict a significant lead. Pierce won the 5,000 meter, while Mikarla Swann was second. Albany State's Aaliyah Howard finished third. Benedict's Astacia Watkins finished fourth.

Benedict clinched the win when their 4x400 meter relay team came in second, while Albany State finished fourth.

Benedict finished with 214 points, while Albany State scored 199.5. Clark Atlanta came in third with 165 points.

Benedict got a lift in the women's 1500-meter run, as Jenella John, Pierce and Swann captured second, third and fourth for 19 points, while Albany State scored 15 points in the event as Olivia Traylor won while two more Golden Ram runners finished sixth and seventh.

Stephanie Rhoden finished second in the 400-meter run, while Ruddesha Strachan was fifth for 12 points in the event, while Albany State scored just one point.

In the women's 800-meter run, John won with a time of 2:18.83, while Pierce was third.

Benedict's Chamekea Davis was second in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Stephanie Rhoden finished third in the 200-meter dash. The Lady Tigers finished third in the 4x100 meter relay race.

On the men's side, distance specialist Dessie Demlew received the award as the men's top track performer. He won the 10,000-meter run, the 5,000-meter run, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and came in second in the 1,500-meter run.

The Tigers finished with 126 points, four points behind runner-up Albany State. Morehouse won the men's championship with 167 points.

Benedict won the men's 4x100 meter relay race with a time of 41 seconds. Rodriques Flynn and Andre Watson finished second and third, respectively, in the 100-meter dash. Flynn was third in the 200-meter dash. Benedict came in second in the final event, the men's 4x400-meter relay.

Source: BC Sports Information

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