LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Bucs jumped up one spot on the final day of the 2007 New Balance Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships, claiming third place overall. Michael Rhue was named the most-outstanding male track athlete, giving CSU the sweep of the awards, as Dionne Gibson was named the most-outstanding female track athlete.
Alonzo Spurley won a tight battle in the 100m dash to take home the championship in 10.53 seconds, winning by .02 seconds over Lemon from Coastal Carolina. A.J. Scott finished third with a 10.67-second finish.
As expected from the prelims, the Bucs swept the top three spots in the 200m dash. Rhue took first in 20.96 seconds, while Scott was second at 21.02 and Spurley in third at 21.08 seconds. Rhue also took the championship in the 400m, finishing the lap in 46.93 seconds, edging out teammate Levi Brooks, who was second at 47.23 seconds. Tim Myszak picked up eighth at 48.94 seconds.
After running the eighth-fastest time in the prelims, David Mosteller improved to pick up a sixth-place finish in the 110m hurdles, crossing the line in 15.11 seconds,
Sam Craig battled and injury in the 400m hurdles, finishing in 1:05.98 for eighth place. Jean Pierre Poisson made the finals in the discus, throwing a personal-best 142 feet, 1 inch. Despite finishing ninth, Poisson became the first CSU discus thrower to make the finals since assistant coach Josh Aydlette did so in 2000, and was the only freshman in the finals.
The Bucs dominated the relays as well, as they have done in recent history, winning both the 4X100 and 4X400m relays. Ernie Hightower, Spurley, Scott and Rhue combined in the 4X100m to run 40.52 for the championship. The 4X400m saw Myzsak, Brooks, Scott and Rhue combine to win the event in 3:10.33, setting a meet record.