Top performances by Nick Jones, Amos Sang and Desmond Jackson propelled Abilene Christian University to its 54th NCAA team title tonight in rainy Turlock, Calif., giving ACU the men’s indoor and outdoor Division II national championships for 2011.
Only four institutions – including USC, UCLA and Stanford – have captured more NCAA team titles than ACU. The Wildcats have now won indoor and outdoor national titles in the same year 10 times, with the last double-dip in 2005 when ACU hosted the meet in Elmer Gray Stadium.
Jones finished second in the shot put (62-0.25) but first in the discus (199-3), Sang won the 10,000 meters and finished fourth in the 5,000 (14:13:44), Jackson was third in the 100 meters (10.27) but first in the 200 (20.63), and Ramon Sparks contributed points in the triple jump (51-7 for third) and long jump (24-2.25 for sixth). The 4×100 relay team of Jordon Geary, Jackson, Lavanace Wiliams and Paris Robertson ran 40.18 and finished second. Williams also took seventh in the long jump (23-11.75).
The winning discus throw by Jones broke a 28-year-old NCAA championship meet record.
ACU got 68 points from its nine athletes who qualified in 11 events and one relay. Adams State was second with 55 points, Lincoln (Mo.) was third with 51 and Emporia State was fourth with 43. Traditional NCAA Division II powerhouse St. Augustine’s was fifth with 37.
Grand Valley State ran away with the women’s title, scoring 82.5 points to runner-up Lincoln, which totaled 68. ACU scored 8 points when Amanda Ouedraogo finished second in the triple jump (41-8.75).
Complete statistical results are here, and coverage of ACU’s winning performance can be found here and here.