Three Former Saint Augustine's Falcons inducted into Track and Field Hall of Fame
May 24, 2007
CHARLOTTE - Saint Augustine's College gained more national recognition on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, as three Falcon graduates including current assistant coach Andrea Giscombe were inducted into the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the Charlotte Convention Center.
Giscombe, Michael Lawson and Charles Johnson of Saint Augustine's College were among five inductees honored at the championships banquet which precluded the 2007 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships which are being held Thursday, May 24, 2007 through Saturday, May 26, 2007 at Johnson C. Smith University's Irwin Belk Track. The other two inductees were Heather Leverington of Emporia State University and William "Bill" Borden of Southern Connecticut State College.
Giscombe was a two-time NCAA Division II national outdoor champion in the 400 meter hurdles and long jump in 1996 and 1997, the same years she placed second nationally in the 100 meter hurdles and 55 meter hurdles. She also was a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams, and she graduated from Saint Augustine's College in 1997 with a Human Performance and Wellness degree.
Giscombe thanked her mentor, Saint Augustine's College legendary track and field coach George Williams, during her induction speech.
"He told me I could get it (win national titles) if I wanted it and I went out and got it," said Giscombe, smiling.
Lawson, the head coach for cross country and track and field at North Carolina Central University for the past 18 years, left a blazing trail in the track & field record books as a student-athlete at St. Augustine's from 1977-81.
He was a two-time NCAA national champion in the 4x100 meter relay in 1980 and 1981. A blazing sprinter, Lawson qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1980 and 1984, and he was named Saint Augustine's College's Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year in 1980 and 1981. His time of 10.01 seconds in the 100 meter dash is still a Saint Augustine's College record.
"I want to give thanks to Coach Williams, who gave me the opportunity to showcase my talents and achieve these accomplishments," said Lawson, currently the North Carolina Central University track and field and cross country coach.
Johnson was a three-time 110 meter hurdles national champion in 1989, 1990 and 1991, and he was the 55 meter hurdles national champion his senior year. He also was part of the 4x100 meter relay team which won two NCAA Division II national titles. Johnson was team captain of six national championship teams at Saint Augustine's College, and he holds 14 NCAA Division II records.
"Coach Williams has been a great, great mentor to me," Johnson said. "A lot of things he has taught, I still live by today."