Monday, May 30, 2016

Lincoln BlueTigers McCarthy Wins National Title in 100M Hurdles!

BRADENTON, Florida -- Chrisdale McCarthy won the national title in the 100m hurdles, highlighting Lincoln's performance at the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The three-day meet, hosted by the University of Tampa and IMG Academy, was held from Thursday through Saturday (May 26-28).

McCarthy captured the national title in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.49. Two other Blue Tigers turned in individual All-American performances, with Jhevere Hall taking third in the 800m (2:05.98) and Kimberly Bailey placing seventh in the 200m (24.01). Earlier this week, Diana Cauldwell also earned All-American honors in both the triple jump and the long jump.

The highlight of Saturday for the Lincoln men came in the 4x100m relay, as the foursome of Roberto SmithMiguel Barton,Roger Blake and Stephen Rose took second with a time of 39.77. Sedeekie Edie also competed in the triple jump on Saturday, finishing 16th with a distance of 14.66m.

The Lincoln women finished with 25 points and came in 10th place overall out of 59 programs. The LU men scored eight points and tied for 29th out of 69 programs. A total of eight Blue Tigers earned first team All-American honors this week.

Complete 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship Results

Dan Carr, Assistant AD for Media Relations

SWAC Champion Alabama State Hornets To Face Florida State In Tallahassee Regional

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The 2016 SWAC Champion Alabama State baseball team will face Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional Friday at 5 p.m. CT.

The Hornets (38-15), the fourth-seed in the region, will face top-seeded Florida State (37-20) in one of two opening round games on Friday at Dick Howser Stadium/Mike Martin Field. #2-seed Southern Miss (40-18) will face #3-seed South Alabama (40-20) at 11 a.m. Friday in the double elimination tournament. Every Hornets game will be broadcast live on, with Friday's game also video streamed live on

This will be the second straight year the Hornets and Seminoles will play on the baseball diamond. FSU defeated Alabama State 8-7 on March 25 in Tallahassee.

"Going to a place that we are familiar with definitely gives us an advantage," said Alabama State head coach Mervyl Melendez, who makes his 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth in the Tallahassee Regional. "We know the environment, as we played there last year. We played very well against Florida State. Traditionally, we have played very well against them, but we don't want to just play well. We want to win. South Alabama has a very good team. We're not familiar with Southern Miss, although we know they are a very good team. We're going down their thinking about ourselves, and the things we need to do to win."

Tickets for the 2016 NCAA Baseball Tallahassee Regional will go on sale to the public at 2 p.m. CT today at Phone and walk-up orders begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning by calling 888-378-6653 or visiting the main Seminole Ticket Office located at Doak Campbell Stadium, University Center C.

Regional tournament passes are available for $55 for reserved seats and $40 for general admission seats. Individual game tickets will go on-sale beginning Friday, June 3. Individual game prices are $18 for reserved (if available) and $12 for adult general admission and $8 for youth general admission (ages 5-18). Children aged 4 and under are free with a paying adult.


B-CU Wildcats Draws No. 1 Florida in NCAA Tournament Opener

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida — It was announced during the NCAA Baseball Selection Show on Monday, May 30, that Bethune-Cookman will travel to the Gainesville [Fla.] Regional for its appearance in the 2016 Division I Baseball Championship. Joining the Wildcats in the Regional will be host Florida, Connecticut and Georgia Tech with action taking place at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

Bethune-Cookman (29-25) earned the automatic qualification to the NCAA Baseball Championships after winning its 18th Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title. For the Wildcats, this will mark the program’s 15th appearance in an NCAA Regional, not including three (3) NCAA play-in appearances. It also marks the fifth time in school history that Bethune-Cookman will travel to the Gainesville [Fla.] Regional, with the last being a visit in 2012 – the first NCAA postseason appearance under current head coach Jason Beverlin.

The Wildcats enter the weekend having won their last six games, as well as seven of their last 10 overall. Included in the three losses on the spin were decisions at top-ranked Florida (May 3) and third-ranked Miami (May 10). Bethune-Cookman enters having also won seven of their last eight series overall, with the lone exception being a three-game setback at Ohio State (April 1-3).

Bethune-Cookman will open the Gainesville [Fla.] Regional against the No. 1 national seed and host Florida Gators. Under the direction of head coach Kevin O’Sullivan, the top-seeded Gators enter the weekend with a record of 47-13, and finished as runner-up at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships over the weekend in Hoover, Alabama.

First pitch for the Wildcats and Gators is scheduled for Friday, June 3, at 6 p.m.

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Second-seeded Georgia Tech (36-23) will meet third-seeded UConn (37-23) earlier in the day at 1 p.m. The Yellow Jackets earned an at-large bid to the tournament, while the Huskies won the American Athletic Conference Tournament to earn an automatic bid.

The Regional continues through Sunday, with a final game to be played Monday night, if necessary. The winner of the Gainesville [Fla.] Regional will meet the winner from the Tallahassee [Fla.] Regional the following weekend in a Super Regional, best-of-three series. The eight Super Regional winners advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

The top eight national seeds are Florida, Louisville, Miami, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Clemson and LSU.

Each of the 16 Regionals features four teams, playing a double-elimination format. The Regionals are scheduled to be conducted from Friday, May 29, to Monday, June 1 (if necessary). Selection of the eight Super Regional Hosts will be announced on, Monday, June 1 at approximately 11 p.m. (ET).

The 70th Men's College World Series begins play Saturday, June 18, at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.

2016 NCAA Gainesville Regional Schedule

Friday, June 3
Game 1: 1 p.m. - No. 3 UConn vs. No. 2 Georgia Tech (ESPN3)
Game 2: 6 p.m. - No. 4 Bethune-Cookman vs. No. 1 FLORIDA (SEC Network)

Saturday, June 4
Game 3: TBA - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (SEC Network/ESPN3)
Game 4: TBA - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (SEC Network/ESPN3)

Sunday, June 5
Game 5: TBA - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (SEC Network/ESPN3)
Game 6: TBA - Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (SEC Network/ESPN3)

Monday, June 6
Game 7: (if necessary) – TBA - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (SEC Network/ESPN3)

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JCSU Women's 4x400 Team Wins NCAA Championship

BRADENTON, Florida -- The Johnson C. Smith University women's 4x400m relay team captured the NCAA Title in the final race of the third and final day at the IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Florida on Saturday night.

The team of Crystal Campbell (St. Catherine, Jamaica), Fellan Ferguson (Trelawny, Jamaica), Domenique Julius-Williams (Oshawa, Ontario), and Tovea Jenkins (St. James, Jamaica) were able to outdistance the second-place team from Shorter by nearly three seconds on their way to the title.

In other events, JCSU's women claimed two second-place finishes when Ferguson posted a 2:04.46 in the 800m and Jenkins claimed second in the 400m with a 52.42.  Teammate
Kendra Clarke (Edmonton, Alberta) came in fourth in the 400m with a 53.30.  Mayah Edwards (Kingston, Jamaica) finished in 5th place with an 11.79 in the 100m

In the lone field event for JCSU, recent graduate LaTondra Morrow (Charlotte, N.C.) finished 11th by jumping to a 1.67m height.

On the men's side, Patrick Campbell (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) and Kyle Robinson (Levelland, Tex.) finished in 5th and 8th place, respectively, in the 400m hurdles.  Campbell posted a 52.01 while Robinson ran to a 54.35.  Teammate Joshua Cunningham (Toronto, Ontario) claimed a 5th place finish in the 400m with a 46.23.

In the 4x400m relay, the JCSU team of Campbell, Cunningham, Waynee Hyman (Warwick, N.Y.) and Robinson posted a 5th place time of 46.23 to round out the men's competition.

As a team, the JCSU men finished tied for 21st place with 12 team points.  The JCSU women finished in a tie for 6th place with 35 team points.

St. Augustine's won the men's team title while Pittsburg St. claimed the women's team title.

NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, May 26-28, 2016
Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)

JCSU Participant Schedule/Results

EventNamePrelim Results/Event TimeFinals Event Time (Sat)
Men's 400m HurdlesPatrick Campbell6th, 51.79 (Q)5th, 52.01
Men's 400m HurdlesKyle Robinson7th, 51.92 (Q)8th, 54.35
Men's 400mJoshua Cunningham
Waynee Hyman
10th, 47.10 (Q)
8th, 46.90 (DNQ)
5th, 46.23
Men's 200mWaynee Hyman9th, 21.16 (DNQ)N/A
Men's 4x400Campbell, Cunningham, Hyman, Robinson7th, 3:10.29 (Q)6th, 3:09.84
Women's 100mMayah Edwards
Trudy-Ann Richards
8th, 11.83 (Q)
21st, 12.69 (DNQ)
5th, 11.79
Women's 400mKendra Clarke
Tovea Jenkins
4th, 53.95 (Q)
2nd, 53.41 (Q)
4th, 53.30
2nd, 52.42
Women's 800Fellan Ferguson
Domenique Julius-Williams
2nd, 2:08.41 (Q)
10th, 2:10.62
2nd, 2:04.46
Women's High JumpLaTondra Morrow11th, 1.67m
Women's 4x100Campbell, Quince, Edwards, Richards9th, 46.18 (DNQ)N/A
Women's 4x400Julius-Williams, Clarke, Ferguson, Jenkins1st,  3:37.89 (Q)1st, 3:35.42

from THE EDITOR Dwight Floyd: Summation of Life & Leadership of FAMU's Past Presidents, Series Part 2: Nathan B. Young [1901-1922]

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Nathan B. Young was born to Susan Smith, an African American who escaped slavery when Young was just three years old. She settled in a home of her own in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and married Frank Young. Nathan assumed Frank’s surname. Susan was determined that Nathan receive a good education. Nathan Young received a teacher’s diploma from Talladega College before attending Oberlin College earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1888 and a Master of Arts degree in 1891. Late in his career, Talladega College and Selma University would award Young honorary degrees of Doctors of Letters.

In 1892, Booker T. Washington employed Young to teach at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. Young stayed at Tuskegee for five years and served as the head of the academic department until conflict developed between Young and Washington over Washington’s emphasis on vocational training. In 1897, Young accepted the position of Director of Teacher Training at Georgia State Industrial College (now Savannah State University). While Young worked at the Georgia State Industrial College he became frustrated with the school’s board of directors’ efforts to limit black education to vocational training. Like FAMU’s first president, Thomas De Saille Tucker, Nathan Young believed in literacy.

At every stop he sought to balance the vocational education programs with liberal arts programs. This continuously placed him at odds with those who sought to limit the education of blacks to vocational training. Even after his days at FAMC, Young faced a similar situation as President of Lincoln University in Missouri. There, his emphasis on literacy led to him being fired, rehired, and not long thereafter resigning in 1931.


Stillman Tigers Dontavius Wright Wins NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships 400 Meter Race

BRADENTON, Florida -- Dontavius Wright just won the NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in the 400 Meter with a time of 45.44! #ncaad2tf.

Claflin University Trisana Fairweather Wins 200 Meters at Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships

BRADENTON, Florida — Trisana Fairweather ran a 23.21 en route to capturing the 200 meter title at the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  Fairweather finished third in the 100 meters with a time of 11.51 to earn Divison II Outdoor All-American status in both events.  She was also a 2016 Division II Indoor Track All-American for her third place finish in the 200 meters.
The women's 4x100 meter relay consisting of Aliyah MillerMakayla JacksonBrenay Brown and Fairweather which finished fourth with a time of 45.60 (45.51 prelims) also earned All-American status.
The men's 4x400 meter relay team of Nicholas Williams, You'shi Kirkland, Brandon Valentine-Parris and Odou Hazelearned its All-American status with a fourth place finish in a time of 3:08.42
The 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships were contested Thursday-Saturday, May 26-28, at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.