News of Note: 6:14.11

June 14th, 2011 in Articles by 0 Comments


The Texas A&M men’s and women’s track and field teams have done it again. The Aggies made history, on Saturday by becoming the first school to post dual three-peat champions, sweeping the 2011 NCAA Track and Field Championships at a rainy Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Here are the final results.

Both team titles were captured during the meet’s final moments in a breathtaking 4×400-meter relay event, which saw Texas A&M take first in both the men’s (race video) and women’s (race video) races. The men’s team was victorious by one point over runner-up Florida State, while the women’s team won by four points in front of Oregon, giving coach Pat Henry his 33nd and 33rd titles of his career.

Oregon’s Jordan Hassay finished a disappointing eighth in the women’s 1,500-meter run; Liberty’s redshirt senior Sam Chelanga ended his collegiate career in grand fashion, and Florida State junior Ngoni Makusha (originally from Zimbabwe) ran a record-setting 9.89-second 100-meter dash, shattering the previous college best of 9.90 seconds held by Ato Boldon since 1996. Makusha also had wins in the long jump and triple jump.

The Nebraska track & field teams entered last week’s NCAA championships with heavy hearts after assistant throws coach Mark Colligan passed away just hours before the meet began.

Concluding our NCAA wrap-up on a lighter note, according to employees at Jethro’s BBQ (one block west of Drake University), two participating athletes from the NCAA championships tried to attain glory off the track last week by attempting “The Adam Emmenecker Challenge,” as seen on Man Vs. Food. They had no such luck.

In non-NCAA-related news, the Jersey Shore has more to offer than fist-pumping party animals this coming weekend – for instance this Saturday’s George Sheehan Classic. And taking the whole “Masters” theme a bit to the extreme, Connecticut presents a 5K road race truly for the ages.

The New York Mini 10K is back, for its 40th year, and it’s still all-female.

Liam Nee is a first-year journalism major at the University of Maine. He writes regularly for the student newspaper,The Maine Campus, as a sports columnist and is a staff member at 91.9FM WMEB. Nee runs middle distance for the Black Bears and is pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. His goal is to cover the Olympic Games. Contact him here.

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