Ettrick, VA – The Johnson C. Smith University women’s track and field team catapulted into the history books by winning the 2011 CIAA Outdoor Championship with a 153 team points on Saturday afternoon inside Rogers Stadium on the campus of Virginia State. Capping off the team title, senior Shermaine Williams claimed Championship MVP honors with 30 individual points.
The final scores are as follows: JCSU – 153, Winston-Salem State – 129, St. Augustine’s – 105.50, Virginia State – 103.50, Bowie State – 81, Virginia Union – 20, Lincoln (PA) – 10, Shaw – 9, Livingstone – 9, and St. Paul’s – 2. The women’s team jumped out the gate with 24 points in the 100m dash alone. Freshman Danielle Williams (12.02), senior Shermaine Williams (12.17), and junior Monique Kelly (12.23) finished the race in first, second, and third respectively to add to the team total. Shermaine Williams and Kelly returned for the finals of the 200m to claim second and sixth place. Williams had a time of 24.60 and Kelly timed in at 25.07. Freshman Naffene Briscoe (St. Catherine, Jamaica) tied with Kelly Shaw of St. Augustine’s for third in the 200m (24.93). The Lady Golden Bulls produced 16.5 team points in this event. Briscoe crossed fourth in the 400m in a time of 55.60 and junior Sasha-Gay Cunningham (Clarendon, Jamaica) took seventh (58.44).
J.C. Smith dominated the 100m hurdles showcasing the top four finishers in the event. S. Williams broke the tape for first (13.42), followed by senior Lakaevia Tyler (Miami, FL) 13.72, junior Rosemarie Carty (St. Andrew, Jamaica) 14.01, and D. Williams in fourth (14.07). This event added 29 additional points to the JCSU total. Cunningham placed second behind April London of St. Augustine’s in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:03.25. Teammates Briscoe (1:03.54) and Carty (1:05.81) were third and fifth, respectively in the event. Multiple competitors in each event with top finishes continued to compound team points for Johnson C. Smith. JCSU earned 18 points in the 400m hurdles. The 4x100m relay team picked up 10 points by winning the race in a time of 45.61. In the 4x400m relay, JCSU took fourth (3:50.90) for five additional points.