Track Teams Aiming for 16th National Title at NCAA Division III
Championships May 27-29
Lincoln University Mens and Womens Track team.
NCAA Division III National Championships.
Millikin Universitys Frank M. Lindsay Field in Decatur (Ill.)
Thursday May 27 through Saturday May 29, 2004 To follow the NCAA
Championships live just visit: www.ncaa.org
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 mens and womens titles to bring
the school total to 15. The Lincoln University mens track
team is considered one of the teams to dethrone three-time reigning
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 mens 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 womens participants are
Samantha Dawkins, Ashley Douglas, Nia Johnson, Shari Richardson,
Yanisha Stafford, Jacqueline Tucker and Shalima Yarbrough.
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.
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). Lincolns 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
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
Marchs indoor championship meet.
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 years
outdoor meet, Ray finished third (23-8). Ray currently has the
best jump in the nation among Division III long jumpers (24-3).
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).
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.
Samantha Dawkins is the only Lincoln womens athlete to compete
in an open event. Dawkins is running the 400. Dawkins finished
fourth during last years 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 Marchs 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.