Posted: May 24, 2014 9:01 PM
Updated: May 26, 2014 10:10 AM
ALLENDALE, Mich. - Eight members of the Lincoln men's track & field team turned in All-American performances at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, which ended Saturday. The Blue Tigers earned 25 team points in the process, tying LU with the Academy of Art for ninth overall.
Romone Hill led Lincoln with three All-American honors, earning individual awards in both the 100m and 200m. In the 100m, Hill finished fourth with a time of 10.58. In the 200m, Hill came in seventh after clocking in at 21.23. To earn All-American recognition, an athlete must finish in the top-eight of an event at the national championships.
The Blue Tigers had a pair of second-place finishes, including in the 4x100m relay, where Hill teamed with Wesley Best, Romel Lewis and Michael Ashley to finish in 39.85. Lewis, unfortunately, ended up aggravating an injury after that race. Lewis had previously qualified for the finals in the 100m and 400m hurdles, but had to withdraw from both races.
Ashley joined with Jermaine Blake, Roger Blake and Winston Edwards in Lincoln's other second-place finish, which came in the 4x400m relay. The foursome finished in 3:07.99. The other All-American for Lincoln was Orneldo Thomas, who took seventh in the long jump on Thursday with a distance of 7.45m.
St. Augustine's scored 112 points to win the men's title while Adams State was a distant second with 67 points. Ashland earned 53 points to round out the top-three. Lincoln had the second-best finish of any MIAA program, as only Pittsburg State, which took fifth with 36 points, finished ahead of the Blue Tigers.