NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Wesley College men's track & field team took a program-best third place at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at the campus of Christopher Newport University. Salisbury won the team title while the host Captains edged the Wolverines for second place by six points. York finished fourth, followed by Mary Washington and Frostburg State.
Freshman Markael Jenkins and Da'Jahn Lowery won conference championships in the 60m Dash and 200m Dash, respectively. Jenkins clocked a school-record 6.89 in the 60m, edging out Salisbury's Tyler Austin in a photo-finish, while Lowery ran a 6.91 to finish third in the event. Lowery captured his gold in the 200m Dash in a time of 22.52.
Earning All-CAC honors with second place finishes were freshman Percell Downes (High Jump), junior Matt Bundy (60 Hurdles), junior Carlton Sheppard (400m) and the 4x400m Relay team of freshmen Anthony Brinkley, Evan Le'Mon and Dominic McAnulty, as well as Sheppard.
Downes tied for second in the high jump with a school-record mark of 6-05.00 while Sheppard broke his own school-record in the 400m Dash with a time of 49.91. Bundy tied his own school-record with an 8.19 performance in the hurdles while the Wolverines relay finished second by just two-hundredths of a second. Sheppard also added points with a fifth-place showing in the 800m Run.
Wesley was most impressive in the 60m Dash and triple jumps. Aside from Jenkins in Lowery in the 60m, freshman Greg Taylor finished fourth in event in 7.05, edging out classmate Vidal Adams in fifth (7.07). Three newcomers and a sophomore also scored points for the Wolverines in the triple jump with freshman Raymond King placing third in a school-record 46-02.00. Also breaking the old school-record in fourth place was freshman Cedric Walker (46-00.00) while classmate Mach Jackson took fifth in 44-03.50. Sophomore De'Vaughn Trader finished sixth with an effort of 43-04.25.
Walker also scored for Wesley in the long jump with a mark of 22-01.50 to finish third while freshman Eric Shorter contributed with a fifth-place performance in the high jump (6-03.25) and sixth-place in the long jump (21-04.75).
Freshman Kevin Clements will now see his name in a pair of school-records in the distance events. Placing eighth in the 5,000m, Clements shaved ten seconds off his own school-record with a time of 16:22.14. He, along with freshmen Adeola James and Will Johnson, as well as junior Alex Dello Buono established a new school-record in the DMR (11:43.13) as well.
Rounding out an impressive day for the Wolverines was freshman Darryl Guilford, who finished fifth in the shot put with a mark of 43-09.25.
The indoor season is not complete for some, as several Wolverines will travel to Boston, Mass., for the ECAC Championships on March 7-8.