Forbes takes 2nd in 100
MARION, Ind. -- Dickinson State had two junior sprinters place in the top five of the 100 meters on Friday afternoon at the NAIA national outdoor track and field championships.
Jamal Forbes finished second with a time of 10.48, coming up just .05 of new national champion B.J. Lawrence, a freshman from Dana College (Neb.).
Michael Sands was fifth with a time of 10.583.
"We're really pleased with those young men with the way they performed today," DSU coach Pete Stanton said. "It was a big event for us to get two placers in the top five."
Forbes had the sixth-fastest semifinal, finishing in 10.65 seconds. To show how little separation there was across the board, DSU junior Michael Sands had the ninth-fastest qualifying time, reaching the finals with a 10.657.
"For Sands, it was the best race he's ran in his career here," Stanton said.
The preliminaries in the sprints were just as kind to the Blue Hawks.
Forbes anchored the 400 relay team to a pace-setting time of 40.30 seconds. Also running in the relay were Sands, Sean Pickstock and Cordero Bonamy.
Pickstock won his heat in the 400 open with at time of 46.798 seconds. and helped the 1,600 relay team win their heat with a 3:11.61 after entering the prelims with the 12th-best time in the nation.
Allan Ayala ran the opening leg of that relay and came in second in the 400 hurdles preliminaries with a time of 51.86 seconds -- and that was after clipping a hurdle early in the race. Nick Dodson of Shorter College (Ga.) was the pacesetter at 51.71 seconds.
Ayala goes for his third consecutive national title in the event today.
Much like the women's team Thursday, the DSU men had their share of problems.
Junior Jermaine Christie squeaked into the 110 hurdles semifinals with a time of seventh-place 14.57 seconds in the semifinals and had what would have put him on track to make a national-placing leap on his first attempt in the long jump.
But, on one of his subsequent attempts, Christie overextended and injured a hamstring. Stanton said Christie was forced to bow out of both events.
"That was a big blow for us," Stanton said.
"All he had to do was get into those finals and he would have had some points. That was a little bit of a setback for us. Other than that, we really did a nice job of setting ourselves up for Saturday."
DSU junior Lee Irvine fell less than 2 seconds short of reaching the 800 finals, finishing in 1:53.66.
Kyla Wasser fell short of reaching the 100 finals, running a time of 12.26 seconds. The finals cutoff was 12.07.
The women's 400 relay team, which was without anchor Kedeshia Simpson after she tore her left quadriceps on Thursday during the 100 preliminaries, was last in their heat with a time of 48.78 seconds.
The relay was the final event for Wasser and senior Kelsey Aide.
DSU junior Trevor Willis finished 10th in the decathlon. He had a leap of 13-3½ to tie for sixth in the decathlon pole vault.