Track teams do well at Morehouse

From staff reports

ATLANTA -- The Clayton College & State University men's and women's track and field teams participated in the 33rd annual Morehouse Relays Saturday at the Edwin C. Moses Track & Field facility and had 10 top-3 finishes, shattered seven school records and brought home a bounty of trophies.

Freshman Eric Simmons (Carrollton, GA), senior Tony Juarez (East Hazel Crest, IL) and sophomore Heather Krehbiel (Peachtree City, GA) led the Laker teams, as Clayton State won four events and placed in the top three in every relay event it ran.

"This was a spectacular team showing," said head coach Mike Mead. "We ran some quality times for an early season meet. We're more known for our distance, but our 4x200 and 4x400 relays ran impressively."

Juarez won the 1500m race at Morehouse for the second straight year with a time of 4:03.36 and also anchored the team's distance medley squad, running down both Morehouse and Albany State runners to bring home first place. Junior Adil Berkhedle (Scarborough, Ontario), senior Elijah Ajayi (Riverdale, GA) and senior Stephen Hughes (Hampton, GA) were also on the record-setting medley team that finished with a time of 10:24.6.

Simmons broke the school record in the 400m dash, which stood since 1999, with a time of 48.29, just under three-tenths of a second from provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division II national championships. Behind Simmons' fourth place finish, junior Carlos Guyton (Thomasville, GA) placed sixth with a personal best time of 48.67.

In addition to the school record in the distance medley, the Clayton State men set three other school records in relay events. The 4x800m relay team of Simmons, Berkhedle, Hughes and Juarez placed second with a record time of 7:53.06. The 4x200m relay team of Ajayi, Simmons, Guyton and Brian Etelman (Marietta, GA) placed third with a record time of 1:27.38. The 4x400m relay team of Etelman, Juarez, Simmons and Guyton placed third with a record time of 3:16.82.

On the women's side, Krehbiel had the top individual finishes for the lady Lakers, placing third with a personal best time of 4:57.37 in 1500m. She also won the 3000m race with a time of 10:52.70.

The women's distance medley relay team of junior Stephanie Gilbert (Jonesboro, GA), junior Beatrice Wade (Fairburn, GA), senior Penny Tinker (Mesa, AZ) and Krehbiel won with a time of 13:39.99. The 4x800m relay team of Krehbiel, Gilbert, junior Kim Daniel (Macon, GA) and Tinker placed second with a time of 10:23.63.

Tinker also had a fifth place finish in the 800m run with a time of 2:22.11, while junior Brittany Precht (Smyrna, GA) finished sixth in the 3000m run with a time of 12:16.93. Senior Aletha Binion (Carrollton, GA) finished sixth in the discus with a throw of 104-feet 3/4 inches.

In other top finishes for the men, sophomore Rother Heard (Conyers, GA) broke school records in both the long jump and the triple jump. Heard placed sixth in the triple jump at 45-feet 2-1/2 inches and 10th in the long jump at 21-feet 2-1/4 inches.

Other top finishers for the Laker men were: junior Oscar Campos (El Monte, CA), second, in the 5000m with a time of 16:55.72; senior Stephen Hughes (Hampton, GA), fourth, in the 800m run with a time of 2:00.46; and Etelman, 13th, in the 100m dash with a time of 11.15.

Clayton State's women's and men's teams will return to the track on March 26-27 at the Emory Classic in Atlanta.

The meet will be run at Georgia Tech due to renovations at Emory's facility.