Lincoln Track Teams Aiming for 16th National Title at NCAA Division III Championships May 27-29

Who: Lincoln University Men’s and Women’s Track team.

What: NCAA Division III National Championships.

Where: Millikin University’s Frank M. Lindsay Field in Decatur (Ill.)

When: Thursday May 27 through Saturday May 29, 2004 To follow the NCAA Championships live just visit: www.ncaa.org

BACKGROUND: With a track tradition matched by few schools, Lincoln University is looking to capture its 16th national championship. The Lions last won the national title in 2000 when they swept the outdoor meet by winning the men’s and women’s titles to bring the school total to 15. The Lincoln University men’s track team is considered one of the teams to dethrone three-time reigning champion Wisconsin-Lacrosse.

THE PARTICIPANTS: Lincoln will be represented by 16 athletes during the three-day meet that is expected to draw 788 athletes (344 men and 344 women) and approximately 125 Division III institutions from across the country. The men’s participants will be Pierre Chapman, Gregory Goggins, Keko Goldman, Alfred Gregory, Maurice Hewitt, Eric Ray, Augustine Schmader, Ethaniel Sinclair, Milton Williams and Bobby Young. The women’s participants are Samantha Dawkins, Ashley Douglas, Nia Johnson, Shari Richardson, Yanisha Stafford, Jacqueline Tucker and Shalima Yarbrough.

COACH: Cyrus Jones (Florida A & M ‘68) is finishing his 30th year of coaching the Lincoln track team. The Tallahassee, Florida native has been named National Coach of the Year five times (1985, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000). He also served as an honorary official during the 2002 Penn Relays and was recently selected as one of the top 100 sports figures in the Philadelphia region of the past 100 years by the Philadelphia Tribune. Jones was a part of a list that included such legends as Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Sonny Hill, Charles Barkley, and Carl Lewis.

LAST YEAR: The Lincoln men finished second behind LaCrosse, 88-64, during the championship meet held at St. Laurence University in Canton (N.Y.). Lincoln won two gold medals in the 100 (Chaz Clemons) and triple jump (Justin Jarmon). Lincoln’s 4 x 100 (Augustine Schamder, Ethaniel Sinclair, Milton Williams and Sirleslie Ford) and 4 x 400 (Schmader, Williams, Clemons and Jeff Jasmin) each placed second. In addition to winning six national outdoor crowns, the Lincoln men have finished as national outdoor runner-ups 11 times (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2003).

INDOOR ALL-AMERICANS: Eric Ray, Al Gregory, Reggie Hopkins, Bobby Young, Milton Williams, Maurice Hewitt, Augustine Schmader, Yanisha Stanford and Samantha Dawkins earned All-American honors following their efforts during March’s indoor championship meet.

RAY OF SUNSHINE: Eric Ray won the long jump on his final attempt of the competition during the NCAA Division III Indoor championship meet March 13 to become the Lions’ 17th athlete to win an event during the national indoor championship meet and the first to win a long jump title. Ray jumped a personal best 23 feet, 83/4 inches to help Lincoln finish in a second place tie with host Wisconsin-Whitewater. Each school scored 29 points to finish behind Wisconsin-Lacrosse, who claimed its fourth consecutive NCAA Division III title with 70 points. During last year’s outdoor meet, Ray finished third (23-8). Ray currently has the best jump in the nation among Division III long jumpers (24-3).

STERLING SILVER: Pierre Chapman finished second in the 55-meter hurdles during the NCAA Division III national indoor championships in March despite running a career best 7.55 seconds. Chapman is currently third in the nation among Division III 110-meter hurdlers (14.49).

SMASHING SUCCESS: Augustine Schmader has turned in some of his best efforts during the national championship meet. Last year, Schmader placed eighth in the 100 (11.03), and helped the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meter relay teams earn silver medals. Two years ago, as a freshman, Schmader won a gold medal as a member of the 4 x 100-meter relay team (40.28) and a silver medal as a member of the 4 x 400-meter relay team (3:10.32) as Lincoln placed third overall in the event.

RUNNING SOLO: Samantha Dawkins is the only Lincoln women’s athlete to compete in an open event. Dawkins is running the 400. Dawkins finished fourth during last year’s national meet (55.37) and she was a part of the 4 x 400 relay team that placed sixth (3:51.04). Dawkins is also a member of the Lions’ 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meter relay teams. Her top 400 effort this season was a 56.76. Dawkins finished eighth in the 400 during March’s national indoor championship meet (58.64). In high school, Dawkins was a member of the indoor and outdoor national championship sprint medley relay team at Samuel J. Tilden.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Lincoln men have won 49 individual championships, which is the most in Division III history.
  • Lincoln holds six NCAA Division III outdoor championship meet records.
  • The Lincoln men’s 4 x 400-meter relay team have won 10 races during the NCAA Division III outdoor championship meet, the most by any school.
  • The nine individual NCAA Division III championships by Rhondale Jones is an NCAA record for all divisions, covering both indoor and outdoor track and field. Jones three-peated by winning the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles in 1999, 2000 and 2001 at the outdoor meet.
  • Alondra Woodard was the first female to participate in the indoor championships for Lincoln University and she was the first female All-American in school history.
  • Clive Terrelonge participated in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta running for his home country of Jamaica. Terrelonge also won the 1995 Indoor World Championship in the 800-meter run.

2004 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OUTDOOR TRACK ROSTER

Men

Name Year Hometown/High School Events
Pierre Chapman Junior Linden, N.J./Linden 110HH
Keko Goldman 4 x 400 Freshman Pleasantville, N.J./Pleasantville 4 x 400
Alfred Gregory Freshman Levittown, PA./Pennsbury 100, 4 x 100
Maurice Hewitt Freshman Ft. Lauderdale, FL./Dillard 4x1, 200, 4x4
Eric Ray Sophomore Elkton, MD./Elkton LJ, 4 x 100
Augustine Schmader Junior Chantilly, VA./Chantilly 4 x 400, 400
Ethaniel Sinclair Senior Linden, N.J./Linden 110HH
Milton Williams Senior Norristown, PA./Norristown 4x1, 400H, 4x4
Bobby Young Freshman Providence, R.I. /Mt. Pleasant 400, 4 x 400

Women

Name Year Hometown/High School Events
Samantha Dawkins Junior Brooklyn, N.Y./Samuel Tilden 4x1, 400, 4x4
Ashley Douglas Freshman Crisfield, MD./Crisfield 4 x 100
Nia Johnson Sophomore Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood 4 x 400
Shari Richardson Freshman Brooklyn, N.Y./Samuel Tilden 4 x 100, 4x4
Yanisha Stafford Senior Norristown, PA./Norristown Area 4 x 100
Jackie Tucker Freshman Wilmington, DEL./Delcastle Tech 4 x 400
Shalima Yarbrough Junior Ft. Washington, MD./Suitland 4 x 400

Coach: Cyrus Jones (30th year)
Assistant Coaches: Juan Edney and William Robinson

15 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Men’s Indoor (1990, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000)
Men’s Outdoor (1985, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000)
Women’s Indoor (1993)
Women’s Outdoor (1993, 1999, 2000)

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