Saint Augustine's College relied on its depth in running and jumping events to capture the 2009 CIAA men's and women indoor track and field championships Saturday (Feb. 14) at the Freeman Center on Christopher Newport University's campus.
Both victories came easily for Saint Augustine's College, which won its 39th CIAA indoor crown in school history including 24 men's titles and 15 women's championships. In the men's standings, the Falcons scored 228 points followed by Bowie State (65), Virginia Union (43), Virginia State (41), Johnson C. Smith (18), Saint Paul's (12) and Livingstone (6). In the women's events, the Lady Falcons scored 153 points followed by Virginia State, (69), Bowie State (69), Johnson C. Smith (60), Virginia Union (7) and Saint Paul's (4)
Middle distance runner Chayce Smith and jumper Joe Kindred paced the Falcon men's team, and jumper Andrea Powell led the Lady Falcons. Smith was named men's track MVP and Kindred was selected men's field MVP while Powell earned women's field MVP. Kindred, last year's Division II national men's outdoors field athlete of the year, won his third straight league MVP award. Shermaine Williams prevented a Falcon sweep as she was named women's track MVP.
Smith placed second in the 800-meter run and one-mile run, and third in the 5,000-meter run to score 22 points while Kindred won the high jump and finished second in the long jump and triple jump to score 26 points for the Falcons, the defending NCAA Division II national indoor champions. That Smith captured the track MVP despite no wins displayed the depth of the Falcons, who took the top four spots in the triple jump and the top three spots in the 200-meter dash and the 60-meter dash.
The Falcons claimed wins in 10 of 14 men's events. In addition to Kindred's victory in the high jump, Johnny Shuping won the 800 and one-mile runs, Josh Scott won the 400, Dennis Boone captured the 60, Tim Lovick won the 60 hurdles, Jamal Cumberbatch won the triple jump and Richard Boone won the 200. The foursome of Arthur Lee, Joshua Cleveland, Karym Graves and Joshua Robinson captured the men's distance medley relay and the team of Antonio Abney, Travon Lee, Rashaud Johnston and Scott won the men's 4x400 relay.
Scott set a Freeman Center record in thrilling fashion when he edged Ledford Green of Johnson C. Smith at the finish line 47.83 to 47.89 in the men's 400 dash. Both Scott and Green broke the old mark of 48.08 seconds set in 2001 by Charles Shoffner of North Carolina A&T.