Sunday, April 17, 2016
Albany State Lady Rams capture 12th SIAC Championship
ROCK HILL, South Carolina - The Albany State women's track & field team used a mixture of veterans and valuable newcomers to run away from the SIAC competition. After all 21 events concluded at the 2016 SIAC Women's Track and Field Championships, ASU finished the final day with a flurry to claim its 12th SIAC title in school history.
The Lady Rams generated 196 points to edge out defending champion Benedict, which scored 170 points. Claflin (155) finished in third place, followed by Clark Atlanta (112), Paine (63.5), Kentucky State (52), Central State (16), Miles (14), Tuskegee (12), Stillman (11) and Fort Valley State (7.5).
On the final day, Albany State received solid performances to pull away from the field. In the running events, Ebone Cobb won the 100-meter title with a time of 12.24. Aaliyah Howard also helped highlight the Lady Rams run to the championship. She finished first in the 5000-meter run after clocking in at 20:48.50.
ASU's two relay teams also made valuable contributions. The 4x400 –meter relay team comprised of Cobb, My'keese Edwards, Irrion Conaler and Yasmine Reynolds won the event with a time of 3:46.75. The 4x100-meter team, which includes Cobb, Reynolds, De'ja Goodine and Elizabeth Folsome, placed second with a 47.86 clip.
In other track action, Philicia Batton (15.30) placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, while Reynolds (57.54) finished third in the 400-meter dash. Conaler took second place honors in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.68.
In the 200-meter dash, Reynolds and Cobb finished in second and third place. Reynolds clocked in at 24.54, and Cobb's time registered at 24.62.
Sophomore Anaiah Hopewell recorded the top finish for Albany State in the field events. She earned second place in the pole vault at a height of 7.1 feet.
Albany State head coach Kenneth Taylor received the SIAC Coach of the Year award. Since taking over the women's program in 2006, Taylor has led the Lady Rams to eight of the last 11 SIAC championships.
2016 SIAC Track & Field Championship Final Results
COURTESY ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS MEDIA RELATIONS