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Tuesday, February 14, 2003

Lincoln University Runner Ranked First in Nation Among Division III Colleges in 60-Meter Dash; Legendary Track Coach Cyrus Jones Honored at New York Meet

Lincoln University Track Coach and Athletic Director Cyrus Jones (right) and sprinter Chazz Clemons have brought more national attention to the Lions' track and field program.

Lincoln University, PA (www.lincoln.edu)— Chazz Clemons, a member of Lincoln University’s Indoor Track team, earned the number one ranking in the nation among NCAA Division III universities with his 6.77 second finish time in the 60-meter dash at the Elite Track Meet on January 24 in New York. Clemons’ time also ranked him 10th among all collegiate runners in the nation. Both rankings make Clemons, a junior majoring in criminal justice, a strong candidate for the 2004 U.S. Olympics.

Also during the meet, long-time Lincoln track coach and athletic director, Cyrus Jones, was presented with a lifetime achievement award for his many years of success and dedication in the track and field community, particularly with the Lincoln program. Since his arrival in 1985, Lincoln’s men’s and women’s outdoor and indoor track and field teams have won 15 NCAA Division III national championships. Most recently, the men’s and women’s outdoor track teams won Division III national titles in 2000 and the men’s indoor national championship in 2000.

Lincoln was among 40 colleges and universities that participated in the Elite Track Meet last month. Clemons, whose nickname is “Rock,” also ranks 16th in the United States in the 100 meter dash. Clemons is a product of Wilkinsburg High School in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Founded in 1854 as America’s first Historically Black University, Lincoln University combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of students living in a highly technological and global society.

The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and information sciences; and biological and life sciences. In addition, Lincoln is ranked first in Pennsylvania in the same categories.

From April 2003 through May 2004, the University will celebrate its sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, with an array of campus and external events, activities and announcements. For more information about Lincoln, visit the University's on the Website at www.lincoln.edu.

For more information, contact:
Samuel W. Pressley, Director
Howard G. Kelly, Jr. Assistant Director
Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
610-932-1094; e-mail: spressley@lu.lincoln.edu; home: 856-582-9574; hkelly@lu.lincoln.edu

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