May 2018, Sports

Falcons sweep CIAA men’s and women’s outdoor and indoor track and field titles

BOWIE, Md. (May 6)  – Saint Augustine’s University swept the men’s and women’s titles at the CIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Bowie State University on Sunday.

The outdoor sweep is the first for the Falcons and Lady Falcons since the 2015 season. They swept both men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor conference titles in the same year for the first time since 2010.

Saint Augustine’s University claimed its 21st straight men’s outdoor conference crown and 38th in 40 seasons after entering the day trailing by 25 points to Virginia State University in the two-day meet. The Falcons finished the meet outscoring Virginia State 202-189 for the championship. Virginia Union University was third with 78 points followed by Lincoln (Pa.) University (61), Johnson C. Smith University (47), Livingstone College (37) and Bowie State University (35).

Saint Augustine’s University won its 15th women’s title in 22 seasons and first since 2015 after starting the day in fourth place. The Lady Falcons outdistanced themselves from second-place Virginia State University 157-115. Bowie State University was third with 87.5 points followed by Shaw University (83), Winston-Salem State University (77.5), Johnson C. Smith University (38), Livingstone College (35) and Lincoln (Pa.) University (20).

Magaly Tshipopo of Saint Augustine’s won Women’s Field MVP. She swept the long jump, high jump and triple jump.

Brandon Valentine-Parris of Saint Augustine earned Men’s Track MVP honors and Justin Williams took Men’s Field MVP. Valentine-Parris won the 200 and 400 dashes and was a member of the winning 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. Williams won the triple jump and finished third in the long jump, tied for fourth in the high jump and placed fourth in the pole vault and javelin throw.

The SAU winners in the men’s events were Shaquille Dill of Saint Augustine’s (800 run, 1500 run), Dakarai Hightower of Saint Augustine’s (high jump), Najair Jackson of Saint Augustine’s (javelin throw), Valentine-Parris of Saint Augustine’s (200 dash, 400 dash), Williams of Saint Augustine’s (triple jump) and Damere Gilbert of Saint Augustine’s (100 dash). Saint Augustine’s won the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

The SAU winners in the women’s events were Tshipopo of Saint Augustine’s (high jump, long jump, triple jump), Shakera Hall of Saint Augustine’s (100 hurdles), Shannon Kalawan of Saint Augustine’s (400 dash) and Amanda Crawford of Saint Augustine’s (200 dash),  Saint Augustine’s won the 4×100 relay.

— Office of Sports Information