Kennesaw State's Dynasty Intact; Owls Win Sixth Straight Men's #ASUNTF Title

Kennesaw State's Dynasty Intact; Owls Win Sixth Straight Men's #ASUNTF Title


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the sixth consecutive season the Kennesaw State Owls are the 2018 ASUN Conference Men's Outdoor Track and Field Champions. The Owls dominated the weekend by accruing a total of 277 points, their second most ever at the ASUN Championships. 

Kennesaw State's Paris Williams, the 2018 Most Valuable Performer, picked up right where he left off on Friday. After sweeping the first five events, Williams took the final five on Saturday morning. He kicked of his morning with a victory in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.34 seconds, just 0.03 seconds off the ASUN record. He then picked up wins in the discus, pole vault and javelin throw before finishing off the sweep in the 1500m, pulling away from NJIT's Connor Penrod in the races final stretch. The sophomore's 10-for-10 sweep in the decathlon marks the first time in ASUN history an athlete claimed first in every event. Fellow Owls, David Lott and Kyle Martin, finished in second and third to complete the fourth KSU sweep on the men's side. 

After Fynn Timm's victory in the 3000m steeplechase last night, North Florida earned another win on Saturday as Bobby Harris claimed first in the high jump with a leap of 2.07m. The Ospreys also took the second place spot with Damian Lewis leaping 1.92m. KSU's Williams rounded out the field with a jump of 1.87m.

NJIT also picked up its second win of the championship, as Erick McNamara took first in the javelin with a distance of 54.69m. KSU's Williams and Lott placed second and third with throws of 51.95m and 50.47m. 

The Owls gained another sweep, as they took all three spots in the triple jump. Qwazon Al-Khaliq nabbed a first place finish with a leap of 14.85m. Teammates Karl Joearr and Tariq Bradford placed in second and third with distances of 14.55m and 14.36m. 

In the 4x100m relay the Owls reigned supreme again, as the team of Chandler Nichols, Omar Diaz, Jordan Hewing and Cameron Bolden garnered the first place finish, clocking in with a time of 40.14 seconds. Lipscomb's team of Grant Mason, Wayne Newman, Ahmed Amaar and Jonathan Imes placed second, while Upstate's squad of Terry Newell, Tanner Saunders, Noah Walker and Antoine Nance finished in third at 41.35 seconds. 

North Florida senior Tyler Stahl took home two wins on the day. In his first event, the 1500m, Stahl finished at 3:50.25, just barely edging out teammate Nick Morken, who finished at 3:50.29. Fynn Timm made it a clean sweep for North Florida in the 1500 by finishing in third. Stahl picked up his second win of the day as he won the 5000m with a winning time of 14:56.07. His teammate, Noah Perkins, finished in second at 14:57.07. Lipscomb rounded out the 5000m field, as Jacob Poyner finished in third with a time of 14:59.26. 

Lipscomb's Wayne Newman made ASUN history in the 110m hurdles with a record-breaking time of 13.82. KSU's Williams also broke the record with a second place finish, clocking in at 13.89 seconds. USC Upstate's Tanner Saunders finished in third with a time of 14.49 seconds. 

Newman wasn't done making history, as he set yet another record, this time in the 400m hurdles. This Bisons senior ran an ASUN record 51.28, besting his own record set back in 2016. The Spartans nabbed the second and third spots, as Walker and Saunders finished at 51.71 and 52.55. 

The Bisons grabbed another win in the 400m, as freshman Jonathan Imes placed first at 47.60 seconds. George Escobar of North Florida earned second with a time of 48.08, while Kennesaw State's Braden Canamare placed third. 

After winning his heat in the 100m dash last night, Cameron Bolden of Kennesaw State took home the victory in the finals on Saturday night with a time of 10.37 seconds. His teammate Jordan Hewing narrowly finished behind Bolden at 10.42. Lipscomb's Grant Mason took home the third place spot with a time of 10.59 seconds. It was the same finish in the 200m dash, as Bolden earned first at 20.97 seconds, while Hewing and Mason followed. 

Morken also made history in the 800m, as he ran a record time 1:48.52, almost a full second faster than the previous high mark. Lipscomb took second and third, as Ryan Speer and Jonathan Schwind finished with times of 1:49.31 and 1:50.61 respectively. 

Lipscomb captured the last event of the night, by taking the 4x400 relay. USC Upstate finished in second and NJIT took third.

Kennesaw State - 277 points
Lipscomb - 128 points
North Florida - 117 points
NJIT - 67
USC Upstate - 56