Two Saint Lucian athletes, Rosen Daniel and Corneil Lionel, contributed 34 of Abilene Christian’s 79-point total as the Wildcats finished fourth over the weekend at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, hosted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Dugan Stadium.
Stephen F. Austin won the title with 172 points from Sam Houston State with 149. Northwestern State were third.
Rosen, 23 years old, won the conference title in the men’s 400m. The St Mary’s College alumnus clocked a stadium-record 46.87 seconds to win from Jonathon Joe of Stephen F. Austin in 46.91, both running below the best time ever at this venue, 47.59 by Marquis Brown of Texas Lutheran earlier this season. Rosen earned 10 points for his victory.
Although his winning performance was well shy of the 46.38 he ran in 2014, whilst still at Coppin State, Rosen will be pleased to have improved from fifth place in this meet a year ago. In fact, the Sunday afternoon victory was Rosen’s first collegiate title in the United States.
In the 200m, Rosen was a lot closer to his personal best, stopping the clock at 21.07, compared to his 21.01 from last season. But a stadium record of 20.74 from Amir Jones of Northwestern robbed the Saint Lucian sophomore of a second conference crown.
Also in that 200m, Corneil came in at 21.38 seconds, good for fifth place. Corneil, a sophomore from Entrepot Secondary, was seventh in the 100m in 10.47 seconds, with a huge trailing wind of 4.8 metres per second.
Abilene Christian’s Wildcats also got the W in the men’s 4x400m, with Rosen on the second leg. They finished in a stadium-record 3:11.85, with Lee-Andrew Bloomfield leading off, Devan Brown receiving the baton from Rosen, and Deandre McBride on anchor.