Mike Foster Sports Editor
Junior Andre Dorsey was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship Most Valuable Performer, and KSU’s men’s track and field team took home its third-straight A-Sun title on Saturday in Winston Salem, N.C. The women’s team followed closely behind, finishing second behind Jacksonville.
The Dolphins took home their 9th consecutive conference crown. “I want to thank coach Whitlock, Vaughn and President Papp for their leadership of the University and athletic department,” said director of track and field Andy Eggerth. “They’ve provided us with the necessary resources to be successful so I’m pleased that we’re able to serve our University well.”
KSU finished 36 points better than East Tennessee State and had eight event wins—none shining brighter than Dorsey’s record-setting 2.23-meters mark in the high jump, while also winning the triple jump at 15.17 meters.
Sophomore Natan Reuter also broke an A-Sun record with a time of 14:23:67 in the 5,000-meter run. Kaarel Mangusson and Joshua Mulder finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the heptathlon. Martynas Sedys had the third- best throw in conference history with a 19.18-meter toss in the men’s weight throw, with teammates Robert Harvey and Enrique Gaitan placing 2nd and 3rd. Zac Davis topped off the victories for the men’s team with a top 400-meter time of 49.18 and a school record 22.27 time in the 200m.
The women’s team had as many event wins as Jacksonville’s with four, but 18 top-three finishes for the Dolphins lifted them to a 34-point victory. Shermaine Pinkard won the shot put with a throw of 13.53m, while Alicia Whittle, Hannah Wood and Martina Cernochova had times of 7.50, 7.58, 7.62, respectively in the 60m dash.
Wood, a sophomore, also won the 200m with a school record time of 24.29. The women’s team has been on the cusp, but Eggerth is looking forward to bringing home a title to complement the men’s team’s success.
“I will work as long and as hard as I can to see victory for our women,” Eggerth said.
KSU will begin the outdoor season on Mar. 21 in Tempe, Az., at the ASU Baldy Castillo Invitational.