EL DORADO, KS. - The ASA Miami men's and women's track and field teams made a name for themselves this weekend at the 2018 NJCAA National Championships in El Dorado, Kansas on the campus of Butler Community College. The women's team finished eighth in the country, while the men finished tied for 16th.
The women came in to the tournament ranked 11th by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association. The Silver Storm had two first-place finishes, two runner-up finishes and a fourth place finish. Antonella Creazzola won the program's first national championship in the hammer throw with a distance of 57.61 meters. Nercely Soto was the other first place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 23.10. She also finished fourth in the 100 meter dash (11.34). Kala Penn finished second in both the long jump (5.97) and triple jump (13.20). Penn finished third in long jump and fifth in triple jump nationally during her freshman season in 2017. Other participants in the tournament include Sylvia Freeman, who ran in the preliminaries for the 200 (25.06) and 400 (56.46) meter sprint. The ASA 4x100 meter relay team consisting of Soto, Freeman, Penn and Takira Brown finished six overall with a time of 45.68.
On the men's side, the Silver Storm were ranked 16th and finished the tournament in the same slot. Marvin Williams stole the show for ASA Miami in both the hurdles sprints. Williams was named the 2018 Men's Track Athlete of the Year in the Atlantic Region. He earned the fastest time in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 49.60 and finished second in the 110 meter hurdles at 13.82. The first place finisher from South Plains Community College edged him out coming in at 13.80. ther participants in the tournament include Ronique Todman (200/400m), Shiloh Seymour (800m) and Ricardo Russell (TJ). The ASA Miami 4x100 relay team also participated in the preliminaries. The team consisted of Williams, Todman, Russell and Jaleel Francis.