OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Coming off a strong indoor campaign, the Stevenson University men's and women's track and field programs begin the outdoor portion of their seasons on Saturday, when they travel to Towson to take part in the Goucher College Track and Field Classic.
Both the men's and women's squads placed fourth at the Middle Atlantic Conference indoor championship held in February, a program-best for each.
The Stevenson men were led in the winter by senior Devonte Williams. Williams qualified for indoor nationals in the 60 and 200-meter dashes and earned All-America honors with his fourth-place finish in the 200. He was named the MAC Male Athlete of the Year as well as the USTFCCCA Regional Athlete of the Year.
Sophomore Tevin Bailey and junior Adam Diabagate were also named USTFCCCA All-Region. Bailey was honored in the high jump, with Diabagate earning All-Region accolades in the triple jump. Bailey was the MAC champion in the high jump. Stevenson also took first in the MAC meet in the distance medley relay, setting a meet and program record with a 10:26.23 mark.
Sprints figure to be the Mustangs' strength again in the spring. Stevenson had five athletes competing in the men's 60 meter final, while it had three of the top five competitors in the 200.
The women had a pair of athletes qualify for indoor nationals, the first-ever nationals qualifiers on the women's side. Freshman Danika Ani qualified in the shot put, and was also MAC champion in the weight throw, while classmate Cierra Roberts qualified in the long jump on the last weekend of the season at the ECAC Championship.
A strong group of throwers headlines the women's team. The Mustangs swept the top three spots at the MAC meet in the weight throw, with sophomores Ariana Engerman and Jess Rega finishing behind Ani in second and third. In the shot put, Ani finished second, with Rega placing third.
Roberts and freshman Kimberly Hammond lead the Mustangs in sprints. Roberts finished third at the MAC Championship in the 60, with Hammond finishing fourth. In the 200, Roberts and Hammond again finished third and fourth overall. Stevenson also placed second in the 4x200, with freshman Dyonne Hicks and junior Mary Kate White joining Roberts and Hammond. Hicks also finished third in the triple jump at the meet.
Ani, Hicks, Roberts and Rega were all USTFCCCA All-Region performers in the winter.
The spring schedule for the Mustangs is busy, with Stevenson student-athletes scheduled to compete in a total of 11 events before the MAC holds its outdoor championships May 4-6 at DeSales. Both teams will be looking to improve on last season's finish of fifth for the men and eighth for the women.
The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship is scheduled for May 25-27 at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.