|The 2016 NCAA D-II National Outdoor Track and Field Champions|
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"I thought the men would perform well, but I didn't expect them to win like they did," said Williams, who has won the most NCAA track and field championships of any coach regardless of division.
The Lady Falcons nearly captured their fifth national outdoor title. They were edged out by national champion Pittsburg State University 52-51 in the women's division which wasn't decided until the final event. Hillsdale College placed third with 45 points.
"I wish the women had won," Williams said. "We were right there. We gave too many bonuses away. I want all the kids to be winners. The women work hard, so I hate to see them lose by one point like that.
"I am ecstatic," said Ellis, who has been a member of six national title teams including four outdoor champions. "We've been winning since my freshman year which has been great. To finish off with another championship and finally get the 200 national championship means a lot to me. I've wanted [the 200 title] bad since my freshman year."
Daniel Jamieson (Jr./Windsor, CT) was fourth in the 200, seventh in the 100 and ran on the winning 4x100 squad. Shaquille Dill (Fr./Pembroke, Bermuda) and Immanuel Hutchinson (Sr./San Jacinto, CA) were first and third, respectively, in the 800 and both ran on the winning 4x400 relay. Dill won his national title as a freshman.
"We wanted to let everybody know we were here," said Jamieson about the 4x100 relay victory. "It set the tone."
In the end, Pitt State held off St. Augustine's University by one point, 52 to 51, to claim the national title. SAU entered the final event of the meet, the 4x400m relay, needing to place first or second to claim the championship to itself or place third to share the title with the Gorillas. Instead, the Lady Falcons finished fourth in the race in 3:40.28 as they were edged out of third place by .17 seconds by third-place finishing Academy of Art (Calif.).
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