Jacksonville & KSU Individuals Finish Strong at USATF Outdoor Championships

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To close out the USATF Outdoor Championships, three athletes from Kennesaw State and Jacksonville's Michelle Howell posted strong finishes to end the season. 

Jocselyn Powell competed in the first round of the 400m hurdles at the USATF Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University on Saturday.
 
Powell finished 12th in a time of 58.75 in the event capping her career as an Owl. She is one of the top hurdlers in woman's program history. Powell is a National Strength and Conditioning All-American, honorable mention All-America in the 400h, and holds the ASUN record in the 400-meter hurdles along with multiple school records.

Former Owl Andre Dorsey competed in the finals of the long jump at the USATF Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University on Sunday. Dorsey finished 12th with a leap of 7.63m (25'0.5).

Solomon Simmons finished second in the decathlon at the USATF Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University. "It's pretty awesome what Solomon was able to accomplish here," Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Andy Eggerth said. "To already be an elite athlete and break the 8000 point barrier in his first year with this training program is great to see and there's a lot more in the tank. To give an idea of the accomplishment, over 3000 people have climbed Mount Everest, over 1400 men have broken the four-minute mile, but Solomon is only the 81st American to surpass 8000 points in the decathlon."

Simmons concluded the event scoring 8019 points. Zach Ziemek won the event with 8294 points. Simmons started the day with a time of 14.32 seconds in the 100m hurdles, which was good second overall. He would also grab second in the discus throw with a launch of 45.78m (150'2). In the pole vault, he would clear 4.65m (15'3) to finish 10th overall. He would land a throw of 60.94m (199'11) in the javelin to finish second. In the final event of the decathlon, Simmons posted a time of 4:44.54 in the 1500, which was good for ninth place.

Michelle Howell put one final exclamation point on her four-year career with Jacksonville University women's track and field as she raced in the First Round of the 800-meter run at the 2018 USA Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium, Thursday afternoon.

Organized by USA Track & Field, the USA Outdoor Championships serves as the American national championships. As just the third Dolphin to race at the prestigious national meet and just the eighth to compete at the national or international level, Howell finished 25th overall in 2:05.39.

"Michelle got a chance to compete at the very highest level our sport has to offer in this country. The experience will be valuable as she starts her post-collegiate running," stated Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Ron Grigg.

Howell finishes her Dolphin career as a two-time USTFCCCA All-American, a 10-time ASUN Champion, and a two-time ASUN Most Outstanding Track Performer. A native of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., she also holds the ASUN Outdoor Championships meet record, along with the Jacksonville indoor and outdoor program records in the 800.


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