The Hawks’ historic season continued over the weekend as the team posted its highest ever NCAA team finish and added a third individual National Champion since officially joining DII in 2014.
Shorter’s men tallied 28 points at the National meet, to finish seventh overall. While, Lester Miller took top honors in the 200m dash to join Ayana Walker (2015, Indoor 400m) and Alfred Chelanga (2015, Cross Country) on Shorter’s list of DII National Champions.
En route to the points total, the Hawks reached the finals in six of the eight events they were entered in, missing out in the 400m and 400m hurdles. And, in the span of about four hours saw all ten qualifiers become All-Americans.
Shorter opened Saturday’s full slate of finals with a third-place finish and All-America honors in the 4x100m relay. On the afternoon, the team posted the third fastest time in program history as Emile Cesaire, Barnett Bailey, Devin Wallace and Miller teamed up to cross the distance in 39.87 seconds.
Jonathan Ross followed with an eighth-place finish in the 110 hurdles, recording a time of 14.26.
Miller added a second All-America performance for the day, this time at 100m, when he finished second overall in a time of 10.19 seconds, .02 behind Mobolade Ajomale of Academy of Art. The time broke Shorter’s existing record of 10.22, set by Kirk Wilson on April 14, 2014 at the Tennessee Relays, and marks the first time a sprinter has ran a time below 10.2. Miller now owns two of the top-3 fastest times in program history.
Dejon Devore was next on the slate, in the 800m finals, where he placed sixth overall with a time of 1:50.9 to earn his second All-American honor for the 800m distance, having finished 8th at the indoor championships in March.
Miller then closed out his day with a national championship, winning the 200m race in a time of 20.84, a time that is second fastest all-time at Shorter.
The Men’s 4x400m race highlighted the final event of the night and determined the men’s team champion as four teams entered the event within a few points of first place. The Hawks’ quartet of Christian Smith, Wake Roberds, Todd Woodring and Deangelo Harris finished fourth overall, in a time of 3:10.78, before being disqualified as one official said that Smith stepped on or over his lane line during the first leg. The time would have stood as the second fastest in program history, after the group set a new record for the event when they won the race at the Florida Relays earlier this season in a time 3:07.99. Despite the DQ, Shorter’s relay team still saw its names listed among the All-Americans when the USTFCCCA made the official announcement on Tuesday morning.