WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's track & field team captured the 2017 Mid-South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday at James H. Taylor II Stadium.
The Blue Raiders racked up 211.50 total team points to edge out second place Campbellsville (Ky.), who scored 200 points. It marks the third-consecutive MSC Outdoor title for the men's program, which also captured the 2017 MSC Indoor Championship.
After the conclusion of the competition, DeQuan Robinson was named Co-Athlete of the Year along with Campbellsville's (Ky.) Brayden Russell after the duo tied for the most total points at the conference meet.
Robinson won two events and finished second in another at the championships and was also named the Freshman of the Year.
Lindsey Wilson head coach Jamaine Gordon was voted 2017 Coach of the Year by his peers. It marks the second-straight season Gordon has earned the honor on the men's side.
Lindsey Wilson trailed the first place team by 66 points after 15 of the 23 events had been completed, but a strong push from the sprinters and field events near the end of the day helped the Blue Raiders bring home the title.
Four individual titles were captured by the Blue Raiders on Saturday, one each by K'Lan Harris and Goabaone Mosheleketi and two by Robinson. Six runner-up finishes were collected by LWC athletes. Each competitor earned First Team all-conference honors while the runner-ups earned Second Team All-MSC.
Harris won the 400 meter dash when he edged out Robinson. Harris crossed the tape in 49.17 seconds, followed closely by Robinson at 49.52.
Robinson grabbed his first win of the day in the 200 meters when he narrowly beat out teammate Kevin Hallmon for the win. Robinson sprinted his way to a 21.19 finish, while Hallmon finished at 21.20 in second place. Both times were good enough for national A standards.
The duo of Robinson and Hallmon also went one-two in the 100 meter dash finals. In another close race, Robinson won this time by .02 seconds after clocking in at 11.27, and Hallmon finished at 11.29.
Mosheleketi was the final Blue Raider to win an event, taking home the victory in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 15.64 meters, meeting the national A standard mark. Teammate Anthony Thompson finished in second in the event with a leap of 14.38 meters, missing the A cut mark by .02 meters, but still hitting a B standard.
Cameron Murphy and Caleb Watson both added runner-up finishes on the day. Murphy took second in the 400 meter hurdles with a B standard time of 54.13, while Watson place second in the 800 meter run at 1:56.41.
Lindsey Wilson scored points in 14 more events on the final day of competition. Clay Priddy, Marcus Terrell, Holt Keeling, Christian Davis, Trajon Hall, Cameron Galloway, Andrew Morgan and the 4x400 meter relay team of Murphy, Watson, Bryson Morris and Quanterrial Parmes all scored in running events, while Dakotah Dunn, Andrew Hedgespeth, Michael Redmon and Corey Hinkle scored in field events. Keeling managed to surpass the national B standard mark in the 200 meters.
The Blue Raiders are back in action for the Lindsey Wilson College Twilight on May 12 before the NAIA National Championships begin on May 25.