The Virginia Union University men's track and field program capped their year Sunday, May 6, at the CIAA Championships with a 3rd place finish in the team standings. In a year that saw many challenges, the men stepped up when it counted the most and pulled through. Winning the title for the 21st straight year was St. Augustine's University, who outscored Virginia State University 202-189 for the championship. VUU was third with 78 points followed by Lincoln (Pa.) University (61), Johnson C. Smith University (47), Livingstone College (37) and Bowie State University (35).
Earning his first NCAA Championship provisional qualifying mark for the season was junior Ed'Treon Wilcox who placed 3rd and All-Conference in the 200 meter dash with a lifetime best of 21.35. Wilcox also placed 4th in the 100 meter dash (10.84), and was a member of the All-Conference 4x100 meter relay team (42.64) of Jordan Bolden, Jamal Wallace, and Chaz McKenzie.
McKenzie followed up his long jump title on Saturday with more outstanding marks in the field Sunday. He placed 6th in the triple jump with a mark of 13.29m, and 6th in the javelin with a distance of 45.38. On the track he notched a 4th place finish in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.67.
Also placing 6th was freshman Xavier Ivey, the 2018 CIAA Shot Put champion, who throw a season best of 37.28. In distance action senior Luis Nieves took 3rd and All-Conference in the men's 5,000 meter run (16:48.35), and 5th in the 800m (1:56.75). Freshman Anthony Wimbish placed 7th (17:38.07).
The 4x400 meter relay team of Bolden, freshman Jordan Jones, and freshman Rich Lytle placed 7th (3:25.63) to finish out the last points of the day.