From staff reports
The Clayton College & State University men's and women's track & field teams competed as split squads on Saturday and had runners hit NCAA Division II National Championship provisional marks at both the Cumberland College Invitational in Williamsburg Kentucky and at the Oglethorpe Track & Field Meet in Atlanta.
At the Oglethorpe meet, freshman Allison Kreutzer hit a provisional mark in the 3000m, winning the race with a time of 10:12.39. Her winning time was better than 35 seconds from the second-place finisher and more than seven seconds below the provisional time for the event. Kreutzer's time broke junior Heather Krehbiel's school record in the event set last season.
The Lakers 4x100m team turned in Clayton State's top performance at Cumberland, as the group posted a provisional time of 41.14. The 4x100m team of sophomore Eric Simmons, junior Greg Galloway, junior Brian Etelman and senior Carlos Guyton won the event. The time was not a season best for the relay, as the Lakers posted a time of 40.81 earlier in the week at a Morehouse College meet.
In other top finishes at Cumberland, the 4x400m relay team of Simmons, Galloway, Etelman and Guyton won with a time of 3:13.59, missing the national meet provisional time by just under three-tenths of a second. Simmons won the 400m with a time of 49.1.
Along with Kreutzer at Oglethorpe, the Laker men's and women's team had seven other first place finishes. Junior Jose Garduno won the 3000m with a time of 9:24.90, while senior Oscar Campos brought home a first in the 1500m with a time of 4:15.30. Senior Jed Foster won the discus with a throw of 102-feet-4-inches.
Senior Dawn Baldwin won the 400m with a time of 1:03.94, while senior Aletha Binon improved her school record, winning the discus with a toss of 112-8-1/2. The Clayton State women's sprint medley team of sophomore Lairin King, freshman Bose Tanimola, sophomore Olaitan Yusuf and freshman Brittany West won with a time of 1:59.86, while the 4x400m relay squad of senior Kim Daniel, West, freshman Katelyn Stache and Kreutzer won with a time of 4:24.80.
In addition to these winning performances, junior Manuel Aguilar broke a school record in the 3000m steeplechase at Cumberland with a time of 9:59.0.
Clayton State will return to action on April 15-16 with a select group of women competing at the prestigious Sea Ray Relays, hosted by the University of Tennessee.