SAU TRACK & FIELD WINS WOMEN’S 4X400 FOR THIRD PENN RELAYS VICTORY, FINISHES THIRD IN MEN’S 4X400 ON NATIONAL TV
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 27) – The nationally-ranked Saint Augustine’s University track & field team posted impressive finishes on the final day of the prestigious Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday.
The SAU women’s and men’s 4×400 relay teams provided the biggest highlights. The Lady Falcons’ foursome of Jaria Hoyte (Fr./St. Phillip, Barbados), Amanda Crawford (Jr./Brooklyn, NY), Danielle Scantlebury (Fr./St. George, Barbados) and Shannon Kalawan (Jr./Westmoreland, Jamaica) outraced a field of seven Division I schools to capture the college division 4×400 relay in an automatic time of 3:36.42. The win gave SAU its third victory at the Penn Relays this weekend.
The Lady Falcons recorded the second-fastest time nationally in Division II this season, only surpassed by the 3:35.03 the Lady Falcons ran at the Florida Relays on March 28.
The SAU men finished third on national TV against a field of mostly Division I schools in the 4×400 Championship of America Invitational relay. The Falcons were seeded sixth entering the race, televised by NBCSN.
The Falcons’ group of Jalen Jones (Fr./Raeford, NC), Shaquille Dill (Sr./Pembroke, Bermuda), Darren Alfred (Fr./Bethel, Trinidad & Tobago) and Brandon Parris (Sr./Sion Hill, St. Vincent) posted an automatic time of 3:06.62. The only time faster nationally in Division II this season is the 3:05.61 ran by the Falcons in the Florida Relays.
The Falcons also placed third in the college division of the men’s 4×100 relay in a provisional time of 40.73. The team included Nathan Fergusson (Fr./St. Thomas, Barbados), Parris, Dontarian Evans (Sr./Gainesville, FL) and Damere Gilbert (Jr./Sharon Hill, PA). In the field events, Najair Jackson (So./Spanish Town, Jamaica) placed sixth against DI competition in the championship division of the javelin throw with a provisional toss of 212-3.
After a tremendous outing at the Penn Relays, the Falcons and Lady Falcons will head to Bowie, Md., for the CIAA Outdoor Championships at Bowie State University next weekend. The championship meet will be held May 4-5.