Lincoln Wins Two Event Titles at D-II Track and Field Championships

ALLENDALE, Mich. — The Lincoln Blue Tigers staged two national championship events Saturday on the final day of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Grand Valley State.

Lincoln also earned two top-10 placings at the three-day event. The women ranked fifth in the team standings with 41 points and the men tied for sixth with 30 points.

Kelly-Ann Beckford was Lincoln’s first national champion in the women’s 800 meters, posting a time of 2:05.88 for first place. She was in third place halfway through the race and lapped the final 400 meters in 1:00.71 to cross the finish line first, edging Simon Fraser’s Alison Andrews-Paul by 0.59 seconds.

Chrissani May also earned All-American honors in the women’s 800, placing fourth with a time of 2:09.32. In Friday’s preliminaries, Beckford was third in 2:10.47 and May took last place in the final with a ninth-place time of 2:09.52.

Lincoln won the penultimate event of the men’s 4×400 meters relay national championships. Kewani Campbell, Reuben Nichols, Shanthamoi Brown and Troy Whyte crossed the finish line first in 3:05.88, while MIAA foe Pittsburg State finished second in 3:06.31.

In Friday’s preliminaries, Lincoln qualified for the final with the fourth fastest time in the 4×400 relay clocking 3:08.98.

The Blue Tigers began Saturday with an All-American final in the men’s 4×100-meter relay. Shemar Fletcher, Jamar Treasure, Imar Tomlinson and Nichols took eighth place in the final with a time of 40.63 seconds.

The Lincoln women followed with a fifth-place finish in the 4×100 relay, as Shantae George, Shevanae Thomas, Monea Carey and Hughasia Fyffe finished in 45.58 seconds.

Lincoln’s men added to their team point tally in the 110-metre hurdles, as Rashane Bartlett took fifth in 14.09 seconds. In Friday’s preliminaries, Bartlett qualified for the final with a time of 14.11 seconds for ninth place, making the cut by eight hundredths of a second.

In the women’s 100-meter hurdles, Shanette Allison was the national finalist for Lincoln with a time of 13.68 seconds, behind Minnesota State’s Denisha Cartwright, who won in 13.35 seconds.

Sophia Myers finished 10th in the 100 hurdles final for the Blue Tigers in 34.55 seconds.

In Friday’s preliminaries, Myers was fourth in 13.60 seconds and Allison sixth in 13.89 seconds in the 100 hurdles.

Lincoln’s men had a pair of All-Americans in the 400-meter hurdles, as Whyte took third in 50.28 seconds, while Campbell was eighth in 51.77 seconds.

In the women’s 400 hurdles, Maria Diamond finished third for Lincoln with a time of 58.27 seconds.

The Lincoln women completed their team point total in the final event of the day, the 4×400 relay. Beckford, May, Diamond and Thomas were national finalists with a time of 3:36.73, less than a second behind national champion Fresno Pacific.

Lincoln set the fastest time Friday in the women’s 4×400 preliminaries with a time of 3:39.28.

Nichols qualified for the men’s 400-metre final but placed ninth on Saturday with a time of 47.69 seconds.

Kizan David, who scored Lincoln’s first eight points on Thursday with a second-place finish in the long jump, fouled all three attempts Saturday in the triple jump.

In Friday’s other events, Annalisa Barclay placed 11th in the women’s triple jump with a max distance of 40ft 0.75in, five inches shy of Saturday’s final. Treasure finished 16th in the men’s 200 meter preliminaries with a time of 21.08 seconds.

Joseph K. Bennett