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HBCU Sports: Albany State, Benedict win 2017 SIAC Track & Field Championships

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ALBANY, Ga. (May 6, 2017) – Albany State captured the 2017 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Men’s Track & Field Championship and Benedict won the women’s track & field title on Saturday afternoon at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany, Ga.

Albany State captured the 2017 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

The Golden Rams finished with 248 points to secure the title ahead of Benedict who was second with 220.5 points. Morehouse (107) finished third followed by Central State (59), Claflin (49), Paine (43), Kentucky State (40.5), Tuskegee (23), Lane (16), and Fort Valley State (6).

Albany State’s Cervantes Jackson won the SIAC Cleve Abbott Award which is awarded to the top individual performer throughout the championship. He also was named the SIAC Men’s Field Most Valuable Performer. Jackson recorded 58 points during the three-day event. He won the decathlon (6,016), long jump (7.19m) and javelin (47.23m). Jackson earned silver medals in the high jump (1.93) and triple jump (15.45m). He also finished third in the 110-meter hurdles (14.64) and pole vault (2.89m).

Morehouse’s Kiplimo Collins was tabbed the SIAC Men’s Track Most Valuable Performer totaling 32 points. Collins won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:57.59. He also finished second in the 1,500-meter run (4:11.18), 5,000-meter run (16:22.87), and was third in the 10,000-meter run (34:34.98).

Kenneth Taylor of Albany State was named the SIAC Men’s Track & Field Championship Outstanding Coach after leading the Golden Rams to their second title in three years.

On the women’s side, Benedict finished with 216 points to win the title ahead of Albany State (187), Clark Atlanta (179.5), Claflin (86), Paine (38), Miles (37), Kentucky State (30), Tuskegee (19), Fort Valley State (12), Central State (11.5), and Lane (1).

Curshonne Johnson of Clark Atlanta was selected as the SIAC Women’s Track Most Valuable Performer. Johnson tallied 42 points and won the 10,000-meters with a time 44:32.12. She also finished second in the 800-meter run (2:28.34), 1,500-meter run (5:10.70), 5,000-meter run (22:01.03), and 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:42.56).

Paine’s LaKeeba Redfield totaled 32 points to earn the SIAC Women’s Field Most Valuable Performer. Redfield, who was also named the 2017 SIAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, won the long jump with a leap of 5.61 meters. She was second in the pole vault (2.29m) and triple jump (11.63m). Redfield also claimed bronze in the high jump (1.53m).

Frank Hyland of Benedict earned the SIAC Women’s Track & Field Championship Outstanding Coach honor.

The 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set for May 25-27 in Bradenton, Fla.

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