AMHERST, Mass. - The Charlotte 49ers men's and women's track and field teams are the 2012 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Champions. The women's squad, which ran away with the team title with 167.60 points (nearly 60 points ahead of second place finisher Temple) captured its second straight conference crown and sixth in seven years. The men's team tallied 210 points (30 points above runner-up Rhode Island) to bring home its fifth outdoor title and avenge a runner-up finish to the Rhodies at last year's meet.
"It was a fantastic weekend for us in Amherst," said Head Coach and Director of Track and Field Bob Olesen. "It's nearly impossible to go through a championship meet without something not going exactly to plan with regard to scoring and both teams had a few instances of adversity but came right back to make it up and then some. The ladies were strong favorites and stayed confident throughout the two days. The men entered the weekend in what we felt like was a toss-up with Rhode Island and both programs did a good job of advancing people to finals but we were able to capitalize on a number events with the type of execution needed to win championships and slowly but surely extended our lead throughout day two."
Altogether, Charlotte won 14 events between the two genders and tallied 26 first team all-conference honors between 21 individual conference champions. The Niners also had 10 runners-up who earned second team all-conference.
"We had several performances that will put people in the hunt for national berths along with some of their teammates that are already in contention," Olesen noted.
Sophomore Joann Blakney won the 100m (11.82) and 200m (23.98). Freshman T'Sheila Mungo won the 400m (53.84) and took second in the 200m (24.33) behind Blakney. Sophomore Maraya Slatter won the 800m (2:08.48) in PR time.
All three women's relays were victorious on the weekend. The 4x100m, composed of LaTrese Barker, Blakney, Briauna Jones and Sirrell Butler, won with a time of 45.43. The 4x400m relay (Mungo, Cecily Young, LeAnna Morrison, Jaleah Wilder) won, finishing in a new meet record time of 3:40.69. Additionally, the 4x800m relay finished first yesterday.
The men's 4x100m relay (McReynolds, Shank, LeRoy Rouse, Jamil Muhammed-Ray) took first in a time of 40.78. The 4x400m relay (Livingston, Wainwright, Chris Mathews, Brian Hamilton) finished runner-up to Temple in 3:13.12.
Other top-five finishes included sophomore Rouse and senior Sam Jordan, who finished second (10.77) and third (10.83), respectively in the 100m. Rookie Muhammed-Ray was runner-up in the 200m (21.46). Wainwright, who won the long jump Saturday, finished third in the 400m hurdles (52.87) to score points. Livingston also finished fourth in the 110m hurdles (14.63) and fourth in the triple jump (14.95) to tally Charlotte points.
For the women, rookies Juanita Leto and Morrison took third (14.17) and fourth (14.31), respectively, in the 100m hurdles. Morrison was also runner-up in the 400m hurdles (59.98), while senior Young was fourth (1:00.50).
On the field side, Sophomore Jones, who earned runner-up in the long jump Saturday, tallied another second place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 12.34m, while classmate Jessica Morgan took sixth (11.57m). Sophomore Katrina Wright was second in the discus with a school record throw (48.00m). ClassmateToby Jo Klauenberg finished fourth in the shot put (13.76m) and seventh in the discus (41.38m).
For men's field events, senior Jason Roberts was runner-up in the shot put (16.01m) and third in the discus (47.43m). Williams also took fifth in the shot put (15.12m) and fifth in the hammer Saturday.
Other notable performances included senior Amanda Goetschius, who placed sixth in the women's 5,000m run (17:04.44). Senior Chris Mathews placed sixth in the men's 400m dash (48.79). Rookies Mike Cross (5,830pts) and Nick Swan (5,767pts) finished fifth and sixth, respectively in the men's decathlon.
In addition, Charlotte earned three end-of-meet awards. Coach Olesen was named both the Men's and Women's Coach of the Year, and has now earned A10 Coach of the Year honors an impressive 16 times between the two genders. Muhammed-Ray was also named Men's Most Outstanding Rookie.
"Thanks to the student-athletes, coaching staff, administration, and family and fans for their performances and support helping make these championships successful and memorable," Olesen summarized.
Complete meet results, along with final team standings and individual scores are available via the links on this page.