by Falcons Sports Information Department
Raleigh, NC (March 10) –Shannon Kalawan (Fr./Westmoreland, Jamaica) of Saint Augustine’s University captured the women’s national 400-meter title in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, KS, on Saturday.
Kalawan, ranked fifth in the 400 entering the meet, ran a season-best time of 54.54 seconds to win the second heat of the event. Her time was the lowest of the sprinters in the two heats.
Saint Augustine’s University has won 42 individual indoor national titles counting Kalawan’s victory. The total is the second-most among Division II teams.
Four SAU performers and one relay team earned All-America status including Kalawan on Saturday.The top eight finishers in each event gained All-America recognition.
Defending national champion Shaquille Dill (Jr./Pembroke, Bermuda) placed fourth in the men’s 800 meters in a season-best 1:49.64 and Dontarian Evans (Jr./Gainesville, FL) was seventh in the men’s 200 meters in 21.48 which tied a season-best.
Jumonne Exeter (Sr./St. Vincent) finished sixth in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 50-4¾ which tied a season-best. The quartet of Amada Crawford (So./Brooklyn, NY), Marissa Gale (Sr./Trinidad & Tobago), Ade Hunter (Sr./Philadelphia, PA) and Kalawan placed second in the women’s 4x400-meter relay in a season-best 3:43.09.
In team standings, the Lady Falcons placed ninth in the women’s division with 23 points. West Texas A&M University won the women’s title with 53 points followed by Western State Colorado University with 40 points and Lincoln (MO) University with 36 points.
The Falcons tied for 20th with 10 points in the men’s division. Pittsburg State University edged Tiffin University 49-48 to claim the men’s crown and Adams State University was third with 44 points.
Magaly Tshipopo (Jr./France) of the Lady Falcons competed in her third event of the championship meet after earning All-America acclaim in the high jump and long jump Friday. She placed 11th in the triple jump. Dakarai Hightower (Sr./Washington) was ninth in the men’s high jump.
The Falcons and Lady Falcons begin the outdoor season Thursday, March 15, in the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, SC The meet will be held three days at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
The Falcons are the five-time defending men’s outdoor national champions.