Owls earn A-Sun Titles!
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Kennesaw State's men's track and field team won back-to…
Georgia (May 21, 2014) —
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Kennesaw State's men's track and field team won back-to-back Atlantic Sun titles in dominating fashion this month. The team totaled 311 points, which was the second most points ever scored in an A-Sun Championship. A week after being the class of the field at the Outdoor Atlantic Sun Championships, the team also swept the post-season outdoor awards.
"All good things come from God and he's blessed us with another championship on the men's side," Director of Track and Field Andy Eggerth said. "Frequently, hard work isn't enough, but that's often all we have control over is what kind of effort we're going to put in. Clearly, our guys haven't been complacent after previous wins, but have continued to bust tail; so I'm very glad when they get to enjoy the payoff of broken records and team titles. This is a group of guys here that recognizes the privilege it is to be an Owl!"
The team won 11 of the 15 events on the first day of competition and totaled 13 total wins on both days of competition. There were 21 events throughout the two days. Junior Andre Dorsey won the most valuable performer award scoring 51 points in the meet. He competed in nine different events and compiled three event wins on the first day of action with a conference record in the high jump clearing 2.16 meters. He also added wins in the triple jump and javelin while finishing third in the 110m hurdles.
Dorsey wasn't the only person to break a conference record. Freshman Jalil Braxton ran a 47.00 flat breaking the record set last year by Reagan Beal. Beal and Braxton anchored the back two legs on the 4x400 team and guided the team to a gold medal in 3:13.73. Beal also won the 100m-dash and 200m-dash in his final A-Sun Championship. The Owls swept the top four spots in the 110m hurdles with Terrell Singleton winning the race with a time of 14.14.
Robert Harvey III added his second gold medal with a 48.22m throw in the discus.
Owls Sweep Atlantic Sun Post-Season Awards
Beal won the Most Outstanding Track Athlete after the senior scored more points on the track than any other A-Sun athlete with four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x1 and 4x4 running 46.97 second split.
"What a privilege for Reagan to be recognized this way," Eggerth said. "He transferred in to our program, has worked very hard, and run lifetime bests. I'm a big fan of work ethic. We don't have control of our genetics, but we can control how hard we're going to try, and Reagan is a hard worker so I especially enjoy seeing him earn this award!"
Dorsey was once again named the Most Outstanding Field Athlete after totaling 45 points in six different field events (High Jump, Triple Jump, Javelin Throw, Long Jump, Shot Put, Hammer Throw). He claimed three gold medals and a silver in four of those events. Dorsey also won the Most Valuable Performer for the third straight season after scoring 51 points total at the meet. He will compete at the first round of the NCAA Championship in the triple jump, high jump and long jump.
"I feel somewhat bad for Andre," Eggerth added. "As the awards pile up it starts to become an expectation. Although it's always good to expect excellence, sometimes it starts to be taken for granted and we forget the constant effort and sacrifice that go into it. If you look at how few people can not only stay on top, but continue to improve year after year, you begin to realize how difficult that is. It is a record and feat unto itself for Andre to be A-Sun MVP and Field Athlete of the Year for four consecutive conference championships!"
Braxton claimed two gold medals and a silver in the 400m, 4x4, and 200m, setting lifetime bests in each event to earn the Freshman of the Year honor. He broke the conference and school record with a 47.00 in the 400m, which qualifies him for the first round of the NCAA Championship and US Junior Championships. This is the third year in a row that an Owl has won the Freshman of the Year award.
"Jalil will be the first one to admit that he hasn't had the greatest freshman year compared to what it could have been, but this award is a testament to the abilities he is blessed with," Eggerth said. "I believe this will be a spring board to great thing for Jalil, hopefully starting with another great showing next week at the first round of the NCAA Championship."
Eggerth guided his team to the second highest point total in conference history, 24 medals won, 14 event wins, three conference records and 28 lifetime best performances.
"It's an honor to be named Coach of the Year," Eggerth said. "As I always say the credit really belongs to our staff and athletes for working and working and working and working the way they do! We continue to become a stronger team greater than the sum of our parts which is what is truly special."
Several on the team will compete in the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships in Jacksonville on May 29-31 in an attempt to qualify for the national championships.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.