The ACU men’s track and field team took home their – hold your breath – 18th consecutive Lone Star Conference Championship on Sunday at Tarleton State’s Memorial Stadium while the women’s team finished in second place.
The ACU men finished the meet with 223 points, a staggering 57 points in front of second place finisher Tarleton State. The women were 29 points behind first place Angelo State, who have beat the Wildcats for the third consecutive season.
“I was thrilled about the results of this meet. It went extremely well for us and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Head Track and Field Coach Roosevelt Lofton said. “Everyone did their part and what we asked of them, which is a big reason as to why the results were in our favor.”
In the championship effort, four ACU men took home two conference championships apiece.Â Desmond Jackson, Nick Jones, Ramon Sparks and Amos Sang, all seniors, each won two events at the meet.
Those four were the same quartet who combined to win the NCAA Men’s Indoor National Championship in March.
Jackson scorched the field in both the 100- and 200-meter dash, winning both of the events. He ran the 100 in 10.10 and the 200 in 20.58, both wind-aided times.
“It was great to go out with a bang,” Jackson said. “There were some great teams and talented athletes competing, and to trump them shows the quality of our guys and how all of our hard work is paying off.”
Sang, an All-American, won four events at the conference meet last year, continued his winning ways by winning two more events onÂ Saturday.
Sang won the only two events he competed in, the 800-meter race in 1:56.56 and the 1500 meter in 3:58.69.
Jones, who is ranked No. 1 discus thrower in the nation, won both the shot put (57-5 1/2) and the discus (189-9) Saturday, giving the Wildcats 20 points as a team.
Ramon Sparks, one of the top jumpers in the nation, continued to out-leap his competition Saturday as he won both the triple jump and long jump.Â Sparks jumped 24-7 1/4 feet in the long jump and 57-5 1/2 in the triple jump, and Lofton couldn’t be more proud of him.
“Ramon continues to impress me. He always has a great work ethic and finds something that he can work on in practice so he can continue his winning ways,” Lofton said.
Junior hurdler Kevin Johnson won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.23 seconds while Tyler Fleet threw 190 feet in the hammer throw, which was good for first place. Sophomore Parker Petty won the decathlon, accumulating 6,326 points.
The women’s team saw similar success, as they placed first in seven events at the meet.
Alyse Goldsmith won the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs while Chloe Susset won the 1,500 and 3,000 steeplechase.
Amanda Ouedraogo continued her winning ways as well, placing first in the triple jump with a leap of 42-5 1/2.
Defending discus national champion Paige Newby won the discus with a mark of 156-7. Newby scored in all four throwing events at the meet.
Senior Jessica Sloss won the hammer with a throw of 168-5 while Cassie Brooks won the heptathlon after only two weeks of practice in the event.
The team now will turn their focus to the NCAA Outdoor National Championship Meet on May 26-28 in Turlock, Calif.