Jackson crowned national champion on NCCAA's final day

Jackson crowned national champion on NCCAA's final day

ROME, Ga. – Brandi Jackson was crowned the first individual track and field national champion in school history as the Warriors wrapped up the final day of competition at the NCCAA Outdoor National Championship on Saturday. This year's event was hosted by Shorter University.

Jackson qualified 3rd in the 400 meter dash on Friday night but came back to defeat Ashley Ballard from Shorter by just .09 seconds, clocking in at a new school record time of 55.30. Jackson is the first two-time national champion in school history for any sport, having already won the NCCAA Indoor 4x400 relay back in February.

Jackson was also part of the women's 4x400 relay team that placed 2nd on Saturday with a school record time of 3:45.85. Other members of that team included Amy Barton, Logan Thiel and Lavornne Taylor.

Also in the 400 meter dash finals on Saturday was Lavornne Taylor who finished 6th in the race with a time of 58.31. The Warriors also finished 6th as a team with 53 points, moving up from a 14th place finish last year.

The men finished 20th out of 26 teams with a total of 13 points. They also placed 20th last year. Jhante McMillan turned in a 7th place finish in the 400 meter hurdles, running a time of 55.02. He was also part of the 4x100 relay team along with Xavier Foster, Roman Wright and Marquise Jackson that placed 5th with a time of 42.30.

Morgan Haney turned in a pair of top-five finishes on Saturday, placing 4th in the 200 meter dash and 5th in the 100 meter dash. Haney ran a personal best 24.90 in the 200 and clocked in at 12.35 in the 100. Amy Barton was 4th in the 100 with a time of 12.30. She false started in the 200.

Shy'Keya Wimberly also turned in a pair of great performances on the track, placing 5th in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.62. She also was 6th in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.28.

In the field Kia Tillman had the lone scoring finish on the day, placing 5th in the long jump with a mark of 5.47 meters. Casey Shearin did set a new school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 34.22 meters.

The multi-events wrapped up early in the day as Chevy Shockley placed 7th in the decathlon with 4812 points as the first Warrior to compete in the event. Deandra Tsaffarras bested her performance at the start of the season in the heptathlon, finishing with 3174 points, good enough for 6th place.