The Johnson C. Smith University women’s indoor track and field team captured the first CIAA Championship in school history on Monday afternoon at the CIAA Indoor Championships held at Liberty University.
The women’s team captured the title by returning 16 podium finishes over the two days of competition. Fellan Ferguson (Kingston, Jamaica) was named the CIAA Female Track Athlete of the Year as she won the mile run, 3000m run and the 800m titles. Her 3000m time of 11:22.14 set a new CIAA record, smashing the old record of 11:35.87.
Teammate Tovea Jenkins (St. James, Jamaica) set a new facility record in winning the 400m with a 55.38. She also finished second in the 800m run. Shamaz Quince (West Palm Beach, Fla.) won the triple jump by posting an 11.69m. She also claimed second in the 60m hurdles (8.62) and in the long jump (5.87m) and was named the Most Valuable Field Events Performer.
In other events, Mayah Edwards (Kingston, Jamaica) finished second in the 60m with a 7.54 while
Sidney Marshall (Manchester, Jamaica) finished third with an 8.68.
In the relay events, both the 4×400 team and the distance medley relay team won the CIAA titles.
On the men’s side, JCSU’s 4x400m relay team of Joshua Cunningham (Toronto, Ontario), Kyle Robinson (Levelland, Tex.), Kelvin Simon (St.John’s, Antigua) and Bryson Tucker (Burlington, N.C.) claimed first place with a 3:20.22.
In other top finishes, Robinson finished second in the 60m hurdles while Carlo Thomas (East Orange, N.J.) finished the long jump in third.
Women’s Team Results
1. Johnson C. Smith 155
2. Winston-Salem St. 142
3. St. Augustine’s 131.5
4. Virginia St. 49-5
5. Lincoln 22
6. Bowie St. 18
7. Livingstone 17
8. Virginia Union 10
The Falcons scored 187 points to pull away from Virginia State University (122 points) and Virginia Union University (109 points) in the men’s division. Johnson C. Smith scored 45.5 points, Bowie State University had 36 points and Livingstone College scored 32 points while Lincoln (Pa.) University finished with 25.5 points.
Williams and Hutchinson were among several winners in the men’s division. Men’s gold medalists include Jumonne Exeter of Saint Augustine’s (long jump, triple jump), Micah Todd of Virginia State (Heptathlon), Khari Herbert, Jr. of Saint Augustine’s (400 dash), Justin Hunter of Virginia Union (60 dash), Shaquille Dill of Saint Augustine’s (800 run), Shawn Rowe of Saint Augustine’s (60 hurdles), Omar Johnson of Saint Augustine’s (200 dash) and Kelvin Johnson of Livingstone (shot put). Johnson C. Smith won the 4×400 relay race.
Men’s Team Results
1. St, Augustine’s 187
2. Virginia St. 122
3. Virginia Union 109
4. Johnson C. Smith 45.5
5. Bowie St. 36
6. Livingstone 32
7. Lincoln 25.5