The Owls claimed its fourth title in six years, winning the crown in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013. This year’s total points were the most earned by a KSU championship team.
“The men were unbelievable across the board and they blew me away and the competition,” coach Andy Eggerth said. “It was really exciting to watch as the guys went above and beyond what was projected of them.”
Sophomore Andre Dorsey, the 2013 Most Valuable Performer of the meet, highlighted this year’s championship with a point total of 36. Dorsey claimed two titles on Day 2, winning the triple jump with a distance of 16.04m and the high jump at 2.18m, while also placing in the long jump (4th), shot put (5th) and weight throw (5th). Currently, Dorsey’s triple jump of 16.04m is ranked No. 8 in the NCAA and will qualify the sophomore for the NCAA Indoor national championship.
“Andre had a phenomenal weekend,” Eggerth said. “We entered him in a lot of events and he did well and scored points in almost all of them. He just flat out killed it.”
Kennesaw State won two more individual titles on Day 2, with Martynas Sedys winning the weight throw with a distance of 18.82m and the quartet of Tyshawn Smith, Reagan Beal, Sadio Diallo and Zac Davis taking the 4x400. The team finished with a time of 3:16.56 to win the final event of the meet and solidify the title for the Owls.
The team also posted a number of runner-ups finishes with Diallo in the 200m, finishing at 21:48, and Davis in the 400m at 48.74.
Nabil Hamid came back to win silver in the 5000m with a time of 14:49.84 and Bilal Abdulah finished runner-up in both the 60m hurdles (8.30) and high jump (2.10m), while Robert Harvey took second in the weight throw a toss of 17.98m.