Albany State and Benedict College won the women’s and men’s 2024 Cricket SIAC Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championship at Morehouse’s Edwin C. Moses track.

The Golden Rams captured the women’s competition with 154 points behind five first-place finishes and six multiple finishes in the top 8. Sydney Blackburn, Mykhayla Carroll, and Levita Williams finished 1-2-4 in the discus throw. Nathalia Rowe, Kennedy Walker, and Imani Jones finished 2-6-7 in the 400-meter hurdles. Benedict’s women amassed 117 points to finish second, followed by Clark Atlanta in a close third with 104.5 points.

“We started counting last night,” said Kenneth Taylor, Albany State Head Coach. “Every race today we did a countdown about where we stood in this process. After the 4 x 100 m relay, we started to realize we were getting close.”

Benedict College men’s track and field team secured their fourth consecutive championship with a commanding 28-point lead (192 points) over Morehouse College’s 164. and Albany State’s 92 points. It was a 1-2-8 finish for the Tigers of Benedict in the 400-meter dash. Javel Best and Jesaiah Jones bested the pack in 47.63 seconds and 47.86 seconds respectively. Matthew Paul’s eighth-place finish gave BC 19 points in the event.

“I think our staff did a great job maneuvering some athletes around and taking advantage of their talents to put us in the best possible position to be successful,” said Benedict Head Coach Danny Brooks.

Sadiki Marsh from Benedict College demonstrated his prowess in the 800-meter run, clinching the gold medal with a time of 1:58.71. Marsh also finished sixth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:13.36.

From start to finish, the Tigers collected wins in the 400-meter dash, 800-meter dash, hammer throw, long jump, and 4 x 400-meter relay.
The  4×400-meter relay team of Jesaiah Jones, Kevin Francis, Sergio White, and Quincy Harris clocked the 13th-fastest time in the country 3:10.73.  Additionally, Benedict’s 4×100-meter relay team secured second place with a time of 40.67 seconds.  Francis chipped in 11 more points finishing second in the 110-meter hurdles and sixth in the 400-meter hurdles.

The Morehouse distance runners earned 62 points for the Maroon Tigers in the men’s 1500-meter run, 10,000-meter run, and 3000-meter steeplechase. In the first day of competition Brian Kemei led a trio of Maroon Tigers to a 1-3-5 finish in the 10,000-meter run. Owynn Brown, Kemei, and Christian Pearson finished first, second, and seventh in the 1500-meter run. Kemei, Taylor Battle, and Phoenix Satterfield finished first, second, and sixth in the steeplechase.

Young Stars Show Promise

Twenty underclassmen won individual gold during the three-day competition. Allen’s Autumn Clifton took gold in the women’s 1500-meter run. She was followed across the line by Tuskegee freshman Anaya Martin, Clark Atlanta sophomore Aliyah Jackson, and freshman Lailah Sellers.

The finish was similar in the men’s event with the two freshmen Owynn Brown and Braylen Brooks (Benedict) among the top five finishers. Sophomores Brian Kemei, Juan Osorio (Edward Waters), and Andrew Drumwright (Central State) rounded out the grouping.

Freshmen: five women and three men
Sophomores: three women and nine men

Multiple Winners

Several athletes claimed gold in more than one individual event. Benedict sophomore Rajaun Ricketts won the men’s long jump and triple jump. Central State sophomore Amarianna Lofton won on the track and in the field competitions with a first-place finish in the women’s 100-meter hurdles and high jump. Freshman Angela Bitok takes the gold in the 10000-meter run and 3000-meter steeplechase back to Jacksonville, FL for Edward Waters. Morehouse’s sophomore distance runner Brian Kemei was the only athlete to win three individual gold medals -10,000 meter run, 3000 meter steeplechase, and 5,000 meter run.

Other notable performances from Benedict College include a second-place finish by Frank Hyland Jr. in the men’s javelin throw and a third-place finish by Jeremiah Hall-Jones in the men’s high jump.

Savannah State’s Dominique Bailey excelled in the men’s decathlon, particularly in the 400m and high jump events, earning him the top spot in the overall standings. Albany State’s Micah Forsythe and Fort Valley State’s Larry Turner also delivered commendable performances, securing second and third place, respectively.

In the women’s events, Benedict’s Santonia Freeman emerged victorious in the heptathlon, showcasing her strength in the shot put and the 200m dash. Albany State’s Mykhayla Carroll dominated the women’s hammer throw, while Allen’s Measha Jones clinched first place in the women’s long jump.

In the men’s events, Benedict’s Caleb Vance claimed the top spot in the hammer throw, while Rajuan Ricketts soared to victory in the long jump. Tuskegee University’s Shawn Jarrett II and Albany State’s Nathalia Rowe impressed in the 400m hurdles events for men and women, respectively.

Fort Valley State’s D’liyah Austell and Albany State’s Zenay Rhaney secured first place in the women’s 200m dash and 800m run, respectively. Meanwhile, Albany State’s Kibren Moore and Morehouse’s Owynn Brown clinched gold in the men’s 200m dash and 800m run, respectively.

Albany State’s men’s and women’s relay teams claimed the top spot in the 4x100m relay team.

Event Winners

Men Event Women Event
Dominique Bailey, SO Savannah State Univ. Decathlon Kaleah Kleckley, JR Albany State Heptathlon
Caleb Vance, JR Benedict Hammer Throw Mykhayla Carroll, SO
Albany State
Hammer Throw
Joe Williams, SO
Fort Valley State
Shot Put Nadejah Batts, JR
Fort Valley State
Shot Put
Rajaun Ricketts, SO Benedict Long Jump Measha Jones, SO
Long Jump
Rajaun Ricketts, SO Benedict Triple Jump Jada David, JR
Triple Jump
Jordan Smith, SR Albany State 400 m Hurdles Megan Thompson, SR Benedict 400 m Hurdles
Kibren Moore, SO
Albany State
200 m Dash Kiersten Clark, JR
200 m Dash
Kibren Moore, SO
Albany State
100 m Dash Xaria Bascombe, SO Benedict 100 m Dash
Sadiki Marsh, JR Benedict 800 m Run Zenay Rhaney, JR Albany State 800 m Run
Albany State “A”
Jayvon Hutchinson, Kibren Moore, Jordan Smith, Ed Gilbert
4 x 100 m relay Miles “A”
Kamora Taylor, Kaylin Robinson,Jurni Cummings, Kiersten Clark
4 x 100 m relay
Benedict “A”
Jesaiah Jones, Kevin Francis, Sergio White, Quincy Harris
4 x 400 m relay Central State “A”
Jaylin Bradshaw, Kapri Dawkins, Michael Addison, Jurnie Hemsley
4 x 400 m relay
Brian Kemei, SO Morehouse 10000 m run Angela Bitok, FR Edward Waters 10000 m run
Brian Kemei, SO
5000 m run Evelyn Hererra, FR
Spring Hill
5000 m run
Ethan Elliott, FR
Spring Hill
Discus Throw Sydney Blackburn, SR Albany State Discus Throw
Brian Golden, JR Kentucky State Pole Vault DeAna Albert, FR Albany State Pole Vault
Jayvon Hutchinson, JR Albany State 110 m Hurdles Amarianna Lofton, SO Central State 100 m Hurdles
Owynn Brown, FR Morehouse 1500 m run Autumn Clifton, FR Allen 1500 m run
Brian Kemei, SO Morehouse 3000 m Steeplechase Angela Bitok, FR Edward Waters 3000 m Steeplechase
Anthony Glover, FR Edward Waters High Jump Amarianna Lofton, SO Central State High Jump
Aaron Frazier, SR
Javelin Throw Simone Christman, SR Central State Javelin Throw
Javel Best, SR
400 m Dash Anitria Sangster, SR Tuskegee 400 m Dash


Team Points
1 Albany State 154
2 Benedict 117
3 Clark Atlanta 104.50
4 Tuskegee 79
5 Central State 71.50
6 Fort Valley State 68.50
7 Miles 57
8 Edward Waters 47
9 Allen 37
10 Kentucky State 31
11 Spring Hill 28
12 Savannah State 16.50
13 LeMoyne-Owen 5


Team Points
1 Benedict 192
2 Morehouse 164
3 Albany State 92
4 Fort Valley State 82
5 Spring Hill 58
6 Central State 55.50
7 Savannah State 47
8 Edward Waters 39
9 Tuskegee 24
10 Kentucky State 23
11 Allen 16.50
12 Miles 13
13 Lane 8
14 LeMoyne-Owen 3


Conference Honors

Award Athlete School
Women’s Outstanding Track Performer
of the Year
Angela Bitok, FR
Edward Waters College
Men’s Outstanding Track Performer of the Year Brian Kemei, SO
Women’s Outstanding Field Performer
of the Year
Mykhayla Carroll, SO Albany State
Men’s Outstanding Field Performer of the Year Ethan Elliott, FR Spring Hill
Coach of the Year -Women’s Track and Field Kenneth Taylor Albany State
Coach of the Year – Men’s Track and Field Danny Brooks Benedict College
Cleve Abbott Award Women’s Track and Field Santonia Freeman Benedict College
Academic Honors – Elite 14 Women’s Track
and Field
Kaleah Kleckly – 4.0 GPA Albany State University
Academic Honors – Elite 14, Men’s Track
and Field
Sukhraj Sandhu – 4.0 GPA Central State University


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2024 SIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships