USCB track and field put on a show Monday at the Sun Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, as Shamar Deacon scored three gold medals while Masionne Jones and Oriana Hernandez added one each at the meet in Birmingham, Ala.
The men’s team finished in third place overall out of eight teams, and the women placed fourth.
Deacon was sensational on the track, sweeping the men’s 400m, 600m, and 800m races. The senior put up an outstanding 400m mark of 48.38 to break an NAIA standard before winning the 600m (1:24.13) and dominating the 800m by over a full second (1:58.46) for a third gold medal.
Jones earned gold in the women’s long jump, recording a leap of 5.34m to edge Florida Memorial’s Andreana Graham by .18m. The junior added to her medal count in the women’s 60m hurdles, finishing in a blazing 9.36s to take second place.
Hernandez claimed the top spot in the women’s pole vault, as the sophomore standout cleared a mark of 2.30m to notch the gold. She kept her terrific meet going in the women’s high jump, taking third place with a clearance of 1.50m while placing fourth in the women’s 400m with a new personal best (1:00.88) and fifth in the 600m (1:53.07).
Kadari Mitchell impressed in the 60m dash, running a 6.89s in the prelims before earning bronze in the final with a mark of 6.85s and an NAIA standard. He got back on the podium in the 200m dash, clocking in at 21.75s for an NAIA standard to take second place while finishing fourth in the long jump (6.73m) and fifth in the triple jump (11.77m). Jacob Mitchell claimed a silver medal in the 3000m (9:18.46) and took fifth place in the mile (4:32.45) while Allayah Bryan won bronze in the women’s weight throw (13.30m).
USCB claimed a third-place finish in the women’s distance medley relay, as Hernandez, Jenitiza Trinidad, Marcella Shatouny, and Cydney Stevenson combined for a mark of 14:01.59.
Hernandez was awarded with the Most Valuable Athlete and Most Valuable Field Athlete distinctions, Deacon earned Most Outstanding Performer, Most Valuable Athlete, and Most Valuable Track athlete honors, while Mitchell won the Champion of Character award.
USCB returns to action on Feb. 19 at the Indoor Last Chance/Outdoor First Chance meet in Daytona Beach, Fla.
By Wes Kerr
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