CLINTON – In its lone home meet of the year, Ashford won four event titles Saturday at the third annual Ashford Spring Classic track and field meet. The AU men picked up 90 points and a third-place finish. The AU women earned 79.5 points to finish fourth. Monmouth (Ill.) won both team championships. The Fighting Scot women picked up 232 points, while the men earned 229.5.
Mike Malone of Country Club Hills, Ill., had a big day for Ashford, grabbing three event titles. His first win was in the long jump with a leap of 6.79 meters. Malone cleared the 4.55-meter mark in the pole vault to add another win in the field to his resume.
On the track, Malone also won the 200-meter dash in 22.25 seconds by one-hundreth of a second. The junior added a third-place finish in the 100, clocking in at 11.16 seconds.
Junior Nichole Johnson grabbed the Saints’ other event title. She won the 100 hurdles in 16.03 seconds, winning by .21 seconds.
Competing unattached, Ashford men’s basketball player Thaddeus Perry took the top spot in the triple jump with a leap of 12.58 meters.
Ashford also grabbed five runner-up finishes. Senior Kendall Deer clocked in with a time of 15.73 seconds in the 110 hurdles, finishing two-hundreths of a second back of the top spot. The team of DeMykhal Teague, Malone, Dion Williams and Martell Simon finished second in the 400 relay in 42.58 seconds.
Samantha Gatewood set a school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 46.02 meters to go along with a second-place finish in the shot put (12.59 meters). Senior Haley Fischer cleared the 2.75-meter mark to earn second in the pole vault.
Other top finishes for the Saints were: Malone, Williams, Ray Anderson, Simon, third place in 1,600 relay (3:26.04); Branden Lambaise, third place in 400 (50.42); Gatewood, third place in the discus (34.19 meters); Cassidy Chambers, third place in the high jump (1.50 meters); and Williams, fifth place in 100 (11.28).
Former Clinton High athlete Courtney Camp of St. Ambrose placed second in the women’s high jump, clearing 1.55 meters, while another former River King, Larissa Wilden, tied for sixth at 1.45. Camp also earned a fourth-place finish in the 800 (2:30.72).
Sarah Lampe, a freshman from Marquette Catholic, took fourth in both the 100 (12.89) and 200 (26.72) races for St. Ambrose.