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Saturday, March 14, 1998

ACU junior picks up gold at national meet

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ayodele Aladefa now has two gold medals from the NCAA Division II track meet.

The Abilene Christian University junior won the long jump at Friday's indoor championships with a 25-11/4 leap, his best of the season. He was the outdoor champion last spring.

Those were the only points the ACU men scored during the two first-day finals, but the Wildcats appear to be in good shape to win their third straight men's crown. They will have 14 qualifiers in today's remaining finals, while top challenger St. Augustine's, which scored six points Friday, has only seven qualifiers in today's finals.

It's not that way for the ACU women, who are seeking their sixth straight title. The Lady Wildcats scored only five points during three finals Friday when high jumpers Rachel Martinez and Tracey Gust finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Defending mile champion Vivian Ruijters failed to qualify for the finals.

St. Augustine's scored 15 points to set the pace, but ACU will have 12 qualifiers today compared to eight for St. Augustine's. South Dakota has 13 points, but has only three athletes in the finals today.

In the men's division, ACU qualified two each in the 55 meters, the 55 hurdles, 400, 800 and mile. Salem Messaoui had the best time in the mile (4:11.31), while Mickey Grimes' 6.35 was second best in the 55 meters and defending champion Kempa Busby had the next best time in the 400 (47.03).

Not all was good for the men's team as Terrence Norris pulled up in the 400 with a leg injury, while miler Gilbert Tuhabonye fell down and got up but failed to qualify by two seconds.

ACU's Delloreen Ennis, who has won the women's hurdles races the past two years at both the indoor and outdoor national meets, had the best time (7.76) in Friday's qualifier. Her 6.97 shared the second best effort in the 55-meter dash. Suzanna Dickerson and Shawntel Newhouse also qualified for the hurdles finals.

Tracey Barnes led the 400 qualifiers with a 53.05 and will be joined in the finals by teammate Juanita Robertson, who is also in the 55 final along with teammate Zandra Borrero.

Meet records in both weight events were broken. Dan Bourque of Southern Connecticut State, won the men's event (66-6 3/4) and Becky Ball of Ashland, captured her third consecutive women's crown (62-3).

MEN

Long jump -- 1. Ayodele Aladefa, ACU, 25-1 1/4; 2. Kirkwood Newbold, Morehouse, 24-3 1/2; 3. Lancelot Gooden, St. Augustine's, 24-2 1/4; 4. Rob Stone, East Stroudsburg, 24-1 3/4; 5. Joseph Herron, Emporia State, 23-5 1/4; 6. Osbourne Moxey, Morehouse, 23-4.

Weight throw -- 1. Dan Bourque, Southern Connecticut,66-3 3/4 (record, old record 65-0, by Glenn Griffin, ACU, 1997); 2. John McEwen, Morningside, 65-4; 3. Jeff Kremer, Central Missouri, 62-5 3/4; 4. Jeff Heddles, Ashland, 61-5; 5. Doug Lytle, Chadron State, 59-9 1/2; 6. Matt Kuhn, Fort Hays, 57-1.

WOMEN

High jump -- 1. Debby Volkers, Augustana, 5-10 1/2; 2. Andrea Jeseritz, North Dakota State, 5-9 1/4; 3. Terresha DeRossett, Hillsdale, 5-7; 4. Rachel Martinez, ACU, 5-7; 5. Tonya Kniefl, South Dakota, 5-7; 6. Tracey Gust, ACU, 5-5.

Long jump -- 1. Elena Swan, South Dakota, 19-3 1/2; 2. Nicole Irving, St. Augustine's, 19-5 1/2; 3. Dolette Blake, St. Augustine's, 19-2 3/4; 4. Angela Orlando, Cal-Davis, 19-1 1/2; 5. Deandra Doubrave, Emporia State, 19-0; 6. Shamilla Symonette, St. Augustine's, 18-8 1/2.

Weight throw -- 1. Becky Ball, Ashland, 62-3 (record, broke own record of 61-9 3/4, 1997); 2. Beth Howard, Minnesota-Duluth, 57-3; 3. Tara Crozier, Kutztown, 55-7 3/4; 4. Kirran Moss, Cal State-Los Angeles, 54-8 1/4; 5. Julie Humphreys, Northwest Missouri, 53-10 1/4; 6. Brandy Echternach, South Dakota, 53-9 3/4.

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