SAU Track And Field Heads To Aggie Invitational This Weekend

by Falcons Sports Information Department

Raleigh, NC (April 13) – Track and field power Saint Augustine’s University is scheduled to compete in the Aggie Invitational this weekend at Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro, N.C., beginning Friday. The meet begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. 

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The Falcons’ men are eighth and the Lady Falcons are 13th in the latest NCAA Division II national rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this week. The Falcons are the five-time defending NCAA Division II men’s outdoor champions, and the SAU program has won 39 NCAA Division II men’s and women’s titles combined under legendary Head Coach George Williams, who has won the most NCAA track and field championships of any coach, regardless of division. 

SAU is sending a stellar group of student-athletes to the meet. Among the women, Shannon Kalawan (So./Westmoreland, Jamaica) is the top-ranked 400-meter hurdler (56.99) and the fifth-ranked 400-meter sprinter in Division II. She is the 2018 NCAA Division II indoor 400 champion. 

Kalawan is also part of the third-ranked 4x400-meter relay squad, which includes Amanda Crawford (So./Brooklyn, NY), Ade Hunter (Sr./Philadelphia, PA) and Leah Barker (Sr./St. Michaels, Barbados). Crawford ranks eighth in the 400 dash. 

Among the men, Najair Jackson (Fr./Spanish Town, Jamaica) ranks third in the javelin and Shaquille Dill (Jr./Pembroke, Bermuda) ranks fourth in the 800-meter run. Dill is also a member of the fourth-ranked 4x400 relay team, which includes Dontarian Evans (Jr./Gainesville, FL), Adrian Kimmons (Sr./Cold Water, MS) and Brandon Valentine-Parris (Jr./St. Vincent). 

The third-ranked 4x100 relay team consists of Jamarc Steele (Fr./Charlotte, NC), Valentine-Parris, Kimmons and Evans. Dakarai Hightower (Sr./Tacoma, WA) ranks sixth in the high jump. 

Student-athletes from more than 40 teams in addition to professional athletes will be at the Aggie Invitational, hosted by North Carolina A&T State University.