Final Event Decides Crusaders Fate in Conference Championships
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Final Event Decides Crusaders Fate in Conference Championships

Winston Salem, NC- The NGU track and field teams traveled to Winston-Salem, NC to compete in the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championship at the JDL Fast Track this weekend. After a long day of competition, the men’s team took home third place and the women finished eighth.

Brett Morley started out the day for the men’s team by finishing sixth place in the men’s 5000 meter race, running a time of 15:40. The men’s distance medley relay team consisting of Ravon Wamer, Jonathon Williams, Jacob Simms, and Ahmad Nesbitt took second place posting a time of 10:38. Freddie Martino won his heat of the preliminaries in the men’s 60 meter dash and went on to finish second place in the finals being clocked at a time of 7.10 seconds. Mark Watts won the 400 meter dash as a freshman with a time of 50.33 seconds. Watts and Martino scored big points for the men’s team in the 200 meter dash finishing first and third respectively. Jacob Simms continued his success in the 800 meter run finishing in third place with a time of 1:59. The Crusaders also did well in the field events scoring crucial points that would help in the final standings. 

Jared Watkins finished third in the men’s high jump, clearing a height of 6 feet and 6 inches. Pole vaulers, Paul Scott and Jacob Carr exceeded expectations and came up big in the pole vault competition finishing second and third in the conference.  Freddie Martino also did well in the field finishing third in the long jump competition with a jump of 22 feet and 1.75 inches. Mark Watts and Jared Watkins also scored in the triple jump competition finishing fifth and seventh respectively. Going into the last event for the day, the 4x400 meter relay, NGU was in fourth place, just eight points behind Mount Olive. However, the relay team consisting of Jonathon Williams, Jacob Simms, Mark Watts, and Freddie Martino came through in the clutch and finished first with a time of 3:21.02. Mount Olive finished sixth in the 4x400 meter relay allowing the Crusaders to move up to third place in the final standings by one point. 

The women’s team also competed well and had some strong individual performances. Quintella Dollard finished fifth in the women’s 60 meter dash finals clocking in at a time of 8.04. Ambria Shaw did well finishing eighth in the 400 meter dash and ninth in the 200 meter dash. Allison Beam also ran well posting a time of 2:32 in the women’s 800 meter run finishing seventh in the conference. Corinne Schmidt ran well in the mile run and finished 12th in the conference. The 4x400 meter relay team consisting of Ambria Shaw, Georgia Delts, Mercedes Cunningham, and Quintella Dollard scored and finished sixth for the conference. The distance medley relay team consisting of Raven Wamer, Georgia Delts, Allison Beam, and Corinne Schmidt also scored and finished fourth in the conference. Shiobhan Fraser and Randrieka Richardson finished fourth and sixth respectively in the women’s high jump. Fraser also placed fourth in the women’s triple jump. Raivyn Chancellor performed strong, finishing third in the conference for women’s shot put competition.

In addition to a third place team finish in the conference, NGU came home with individual awards as well. Freddie Martino was named Track Athlete of the Year for the indoor season and Mark Watts was crowned Co-Freshman of the Year. Martino (200 meter dash) and Watts(400 meter dash) made the first team all-conference squad along with the 4x400 relay team (Jonathon Williams, Jacob Simms, Mark Watts, and Freddie Martino). Martino (60 meter dash) and Paul Scott (pole vault) were also named second team-all conference along with the Distance Medley Relay team consisting of Ravon Wamer, Jonathon Williams, Jacob Simms, and Ahmad Nesbitt. Mark Watts (200 meter dash), Jacob Simms (800 meter run), Jared Watkins (high jump), Jacob Carr (pole vault), and Freddie Martino (long jump) all made third team all-conference. Raivyn Chancellor also made third team all-conference for her performance in the women’s shot put competition.

Head Coach Michael Bayne said, “It is unbelievable what these kids accomplished with being such a new program. We are very blessed and I am proud of them and am looking forward to the outdoor season.” With the conclusion of the indoor season, the Crusaders will now turn their focus to the outdoor season. The schedule will be released in the near future on