Albany State Golden Rams men’s track and field team wins SIAC Championship
Published 12:16 pm Saturday, May 13, 2017
From STAFF REPORTS
ALBANY – Albany State University (ASU) senior, Jared Jordan, capped an exciting run to the 2017 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Men’s Track and Field Championship with a comeback lap for the 4×400-meter relay team. The Albany State men’s team won the title after trailing Benedict for most of the meet.
This victory marks Albany State’s first conference title since 2014.
After 21 events, Albany State finished with 248 points as a team. Benedict College was second with 220.5 points, and Morehouse College placed third with 107 points. Central State University (59) and Claflin University (49) completed the top five.
Individually, Cervantes Jackson won the SIAC Cleve Abbott Award which is awarded to the top individual performer throughout the championship. He was also named the SIAC Men’s Field Most Valuable Performer.
Jackson recorded 58 points during the three-day event. He won the decathlon (6,016), long jump (7.19m) and javelin (47.23m). Jackson earned silver medals in the high jump (1.93) and triple jump (15.45m). He also finished third in the 110-meter hurdles (14.64) and pole vault (2.89m).
On the final day of competition, Jordan and freshman, Christopher Jackson, finished 1-2 in the 100- and 200-meter runs. Jordan recorded times of 10.33 and 21.01, respectively. Jackson had marks of 10.41 and 21.31.
The Golden Rams also received a huge boost in the 800-meter run. The trio of Joshua Ajiero (1:56.95), Jamorris Hill (1:57.11) and Martin Jones (1:57.92) swept the top three spots for ASU.
ASU also won the 4×100-meter relay (40.95) and the 4×400-meter event (3:16.44).
Kenneth Taylor, of Albany State, was named the SIAC Men’s Track and Field Championship Outstanding Coach after leading the Golden Rams to their second title in three years.