LakePoint, Ga. - Kennesaw State scored a record setting 327 points toward its fifth consecutive ASUN Outdoor Track and Field title, while Lipscomb earned its highest finish in program history.
Coming into Saturday trailing teammate Paris Williams by nearly 100 points, senior Joshua Mulder proceeded to win the opening four decathlon events of day two, taking first in the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault and javelin. Mulder beat the discus field by over three meters with a distance of 35.99m, while his 5.00m pole vault set a new ASUN Championship record for the event. His toss of 45.47 was enough to take the top mark in the javelin, as he finished third in the final combine event of the weekend with a 5:27.52 in the 1500m. Mulder's point total of 7012 ranks third in the ASUN Outdoor Championship all time, and falls just 318 short of his career best.
After sweeping the podium in the men's shot put and hammer throw the day prior, the Owls again cleaned house in the discus, with Fabeon Tucker's first place toss of 53.11m setting a new ASUN Championship record. KSU nabbed the top three spots in the triple as well, with Dayo Akindele collecting his second gold medal of the weekend (15.20m). Akindele would again climb to the top of the podium with his 1.90m high jump, while his 14.05 in the 110m hurdles was good for second. The sophomore came second only to fellow Owl Terrell Singleton, who ran a blazing 13.92 in the event, for the fastest 110m hurdle in the ASUN season and the fastest in Championship history.
The Owls last three wins would come in the 100m, 200m and the 4x400m. Cameron Bolden posted times of 10.42 and 21.35 to take gold in those two events, while the quartet of Braden Canamare, Jonathon Womack, Nick Grant and Josh Mulder took the top spot on a pace of 3:13.65.
Lipscomb's second place finish is its best in school history, and is thanks in large part to some top performances form its seniors Wayne Newman and Juan Gonzalez. Gonzalez' 14:37.41 was good for first in the 5K and came within a single second of beating the previous meet record, and despite coming in third in the 110m hurdles, Newman rebounded with a first place finish in the 400m hurdles (51.96) posting the fastest time in the conference for 2017. The Bisons would come up big in the 800m run as well, sweeping the top three spots of hte event. Ryan Speer, Nathan Morgan and Austin Ray finished in order, as each of the runners set personal records.
As he's done throughout the season, NJIT's Erick McNamara earned gold in the javelin with a throw of 50.43m. The win is the first for the Highlanders in ASUN Championship history, as McNamara's teammate David Singer finished in third (49.59) NJIT hurlers Sawyer Gara (39.18m) and Michael Haraka (38.81m) placed fifth and sixth in the discus, while Highlander senior Kwadwo Banahene came just short of medaling with a triple jump of 13.98m. The Highlanders accrued its highest point total as a team since joining the conference the previous year.
USC Upstate garnered a single win, with junior Patrick Jamison taking gold in the 400m dash. He finished with a time of 47.40 while freshman Noah Walker went third overall with a pace of 52.96. North Florida's Desmond Robb finished just behind Jamison at 47.79, while Tyler Stahl and Fynn Timm rounded out the top-three of the 1500m.
Dayo Akindele of Kennesaw State received MVP honors after accruing 38 points over the course of the weekend. Its the second MVP for the Owl after earning the honor at the ASUN Indoor Championship, and the sixth consecutive for a KSU athlete at the outdoor finals.
Final Men's ASUN Championship Standing
1. Kennesaw State - 327
2. Lipscomb - 131
3. North Florida - 103
4. NJIT - 59
5. USC Upstate - 25