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Nixon Sweeps NCAA Division III Sprint Titles; Conference Collects 21 All-America Awards and Two Top 10 Team Finishes
May 31, 2006

LISLE, Ill. --- American Southwest Conference track and field programs made a statement at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, winning a pair of national sprint titles, claiming 21 All-America citations and placing two men's teams among the top 10 squads in the country.

Howard Payne senior Greg Nixon brought both the 100 and 200-meter dash titles back to the ASC. Nixon set a Benedictine University stadium record with his winning 10.43 time in the 100, edging runner-up Marcus Walgrave of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in a photo finish. Nixon successfully defended his 200-meter title, running a 21.05 in the finals for the repeat win. In the trials, Nixon posted a 10.64 in the 100 and a 21.10 in the 200.

"I had a bad start [in the 100], but I knew I had the power to win it, since I had won the 200. I just tried to run as strong as I could," Nixon said. "It feels good to win a National Championship."

The ASC had its best showing of the championships in the men's 200m dash with national champion Nixon and the McMurry trio of Hanneus Ollison, Bert Green and John Mikalik all finishing as All-Americans. Ollison finished runner-up to Nixon by 0.27 seconds (21.32). Green was fifth (21.47) and Mikalik eighth (21.89).

Ollison and Green added All-American citations in the 100m dash and the 4x100m relay. Ollison finished fifth (10.63) and Green sixth (10.64) in the 100, and joined Jim Bob Bizzell and Mikalik for a runner-up finish in the 400 relay (40.57). Mikalik, Bizzell, Ollison and Rafael Mathews combined for a third-place finish in the 4x400m relay (3:12.63) and All-America honors.

Mississippi College freshman Chris Hickox placed sixth in the high jump (6-9) to claim All-America honors. In all, ASC men combined for 15 All-America awards -- seven individual and eight via relay.

The ASC reached the finals in three women's events, two relays and one individual event. McMurry posted a 3:47.97 time in the 4x400m relay to finish third with All-America awards for Sharlandia Williams, Richalle Wright, Staci Jackson and Casey Toombs. Texas Lutheran finished sixth in the 4x100m relay (47.60) earning All-America honors for Jessica Raglon, Taffey Gray, Ashley Williams and Natalie Wood. Nicole Salerno of McMurry placed 11th in the finals of the pole vault with a jump of 11-10½.

In the men's championship meet, McMurry used strong sprint performances to tie for fourth-place with 34 points. Howard Payne totaled 20 points to finish n a tie for 10th-place while Mississippi College collected three points (55th-place tie). Two ASC schools scored in the women's championship. McMurry totaled six points for a 42nd-place tie and Texas Lutheran University tied at 55th with three points.

(AA) = NCAA Division III All-America Citation

# = Benedictine University Stadium Record

Event Pl Competitor Time/Distance
4x100m Relay
Final 2 McMurry (AA) [Bizzell, Ollison, Green, Mikalik] 40.57
Heat-2 DNF Howard Payne [Jackson, Eurine, Thomas, Nixon]
Heat-3 2 McMurry [Bizzell, Ollison, Green, Mikalik] 40.4
Long Jump
Flight-2 7 Hanneus Ollison, McMurry 22-2¼ (6.76m)
Flight-2 9 Kelvin Figgs, McMurry 21-1½ (6.44m)
400m Hurdles
Heat-1 6 Kelvin Figgs, McMurry 53.75
200m Dash
Final 1 Greg Nixon, Howard Payne (AA) 21.05
Final 2 Hanneus Ollison, McMurry (AA) 21.32
Final 5 Bert Green, McMurry (AA) 21.47
Final 8 John Mikalik, McMurry (AA) 21.89
Heat-1 3 Bert Green, McMurry 21.35
Heat-2 1 Greg Nixon, Howard Payne 21.1
Heat-2 2 Hanneus Ollison, McMurry 21.24
Heat-3 3 John Mikalik, McMurry 21.4
Heat-3 5 Deoante' Rivers, Mississippi College 22.08
4x400m Relay
Final 3 McMurry (AA) [Mikalik, Bizzell, Mathews, Ollison] 03:12.6
Heat-3 1 McMurry [Mikalik, Bizzell, Mathews, Ollison] 03:10.5
110m Hurdles
Heat-3 6 Kelvin Figgs, McMurry 15.3
High Jump
Final 6 Chris Hickox, Mississippi College 6-9 (2.06m)
Final NH Kelvin Figgs, McMurry
100m Dash
Final 1 Greg Nixon, Howard Payne (AA) 10.43
Final 5 Hanneus Ollison, McMurry (AA) 10.63
Final 6 Bert Green, McMurry (AA) 10.64
Heat-2 1 Greg Nixon, Howard Payne 10.64 #
Heat-3 1 Bert Green, McMurry 10.7
Heat-3 2 Hanneus Ollison, McMurry 10.72
Men's Team Scores
1 Wisconsin-La Crosse    74.5
4T. McMurry 34
10T. Howard Payne 20
55T. Mississippi College 3

(AA) = NCAA Division III All-America Citation
# = Benedictine University Stadium Record

Event Pl Competitor Time/Distance
Pole Vault
Final 11 Nicole Salerno, McMurry 11-10½ (3.62m)
Discus Throw
Flight-2 7 Irene Johnson, McMurry 130-8 (39.84m)
Long Jump
Flight-2 7 Nicole Salerno, McMurry 17-8¼ (5.39m)
4x100m Relay
Final 6 Texas Lutheran (AA) [Raglon, Gray, Williams, Wood] 47.6
Heat-1 4 McMurry [Wright, Jackson, Salerno, Franklin] 48.2
Heat-3 2 Texas Lutheran [Raglon, Gray, Williams, Wood] 47.3
400m Hurdles
Heat-1 3 Natalie Wood, Texas Lutheran 62.56
200m Dash
Heat-1 7 Richalle Wright, McMurry 25.47
Heat-2 6 Staci Jackson, McMurry 26.16
4x400m Relay
Final 3 McMurry (AA) [Williams, Wright, Jackson, Toombs] 03:48.0
Heat-3 3 McMurry [Williams, Wright, Jackson, Toombs] 03:49.3
Hammer Throw
Flight-1 9 Tiffani Hoot, Texas Lutheran 136-8 (41.67m)
Flight-2 10 Courtney Chaney, McMurry 153-7 (46.81m)
100m Hurdles
Heat-2 3 Natalie Wood, Texas Lutheran 14.94
400m Dash
Heat-1 5 Staci Jackson, McMurry 57.01
Heat-2 6 Ashley Williams, Texas Lutheran 56.94
100m Dash
Heat-2 6 Bridget Foreman, Mississippi College 12.63
Heat-2 7 Richalle Wright, McMurry 12.72
Women's Team Scores
1 Wisconsin-Oshkosh    52
42T. McMurry 6
55T. Texas Lutheran 3

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