Grambling State claims 2017 Outdoor Track and Field Crown
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In a dramatic final sprint, Grambling State University won its second Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field championship, edging Prairie View by half-a-point in the final standings.
With Prairie View ahead by 3.5 points and GSU needing to defeat the Panthers by at least two placings entering the final race – the men's 4x400-meter relay – to take the title, Grambling anchor leg Jonathon Sawyer dusted the field on the final lap to win it all for the Tigers. Meanwhile, Prairie View faded late, finishing third while Arkansas-Pine Bluff took the silver medal.
Miles Dortch of Arkansas-Pine Bluff was named the Men's Most Outstanding Field Performer with 26 points. He won the javelin and discus events, and was third in the hammer throw. Grambling State's Hassan Chepkwony scored 31 points in four events to earn the Men's Most Outstanding Track Performer award. Bertram Lovell was named 2017 SWAC Men's Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. Full standings and day three results are below.
1. Grambling (150)
2. Prairie View (149.5)
3. Alabama State (137)
4. Texas Southern (121)
5. Jackson State (87)
6. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (64.5)
7. Alabama A&M (56)
8. Alcorn State (17)
9. Southern (16)
10. Mississippi Valley (15)
Texas Southern's Harvey Kendall cleared 2.06 meters in the men's high jump, winning the gold. In second was Alabama A&M's Ezekiel Rose (2.02m), and Jackson State's Aaron Ross Jr. was third (1.98m).
Prairie View A&M's Tristan Ham earned another gold medal, this time winning the men's pole vault by virtue of clearing 4.65 meters in less attempts than silver medalist Jawalyn Brooks of Texas Southern. PVAMU's Sunne Rodriguez-Weems (4.45m) was third.
Prairie View A&M ran away with the 4x100-meter relay championship with a time of 39.88 seconds. In second place was Alabama State (40.30 seconds), and Alabama A&M finished third (40.49 seconds).
Altany Wilson of Grambling State took home the gold in the triple jump with a leap of 15.32 meters. He edged out silver medalist Jamie Brown of Alabama State (15.11m). In third was Javauny Hyde of Jackson State (15.10m).
Grambling's Jonathon Sawyer clocked a 46.64-second mark to win the men's 400-meter dash. Lezoghia Member-Menah of Alabama State (47.26) finished second, and Prairie View's William Polley (47.33) was third.
Keon Campbell of Prairie View finished the 100-meter dash in 10.21 seconds to win the gold in the event. Josh Davis (10.36) won silver for Alabama State, and Samuel Omoera (10.4) of Prairie View was third.
D'Andre Lewis of Texas Southern won the men's 800-meter run in 1:51.36. UAPB's Harlan Clarke (1:52.87) and Malique Smith (1:53.27) were second and third, respectively.
Mykele Young-Sanders of Texas Southern posted a time of 50.64 seconds to win the 400-meter hurdles. Logan Williams of Prairie View took silver with a time of 51.59 seconds, and Alabama A&M's Tre Williams (52.20) finished third.
DeTorrian Green of Alabama A&M staved off the field to win the men's 200-meter dash in 20.74 seconds. Josh Davis (20.84) of Alabama State was second, and Alabama State's Devin O'Neal was third (20.90).
Miles Dortch of UAPB won the men's discus throw with a toss of 46.58 meters. In second was Alabama State's Roshaine Byfield (44.08m) and claiming third was Jovondi Williams of Prairie View (43.67m).
Vincent Langat (15:41.39) of Jackson State overran the competition in the men's 5000-meter run to claim the gold. Grambling State's Hassan Chepkwony (15:50.35) and Noah Rugut (16:03.57) finished second and third, respectively.