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Bobcat Men Win Second Straight Mason-Dixon Championship
05/05/2001

Newport News, Va. ... Senior Michael Taye won three events and picked up his third Outstanding Athlete Award in leading the Bobcats to their second straight Mason-Dixon Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship Saturday at Christopher Newport University.

Bobcat Head Coach Bob Lewis was also named Mason-Dixon Conference Men's Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.

Frostburg State held an 11-point lead heading into the final event - the pole vault - and used second and fourth-place showings to hold off Christopher Newport, 195-182.

Taye won the 1,500 in 4:00.64, the 5,000 in 15:28.3 and the 10,000 in 33:55.3.

Sophomore Dante Myles qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships with wins in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 10.55 and 21.48 seconds, respectively.

Karold Gray and Jermaine Bell also met provisional qualifications for the national championships. Gray won the 400-meter run in a personal-best 48.48 seconds, while Bell captured the javelin with a throw of 194-feet, 8-inches.

The Bobcat men scored in 19 of the 20 events and took home seven titles.

"Our depth, as well as our first-place finishers helped us win," said Lewis. "Randy Belt, T.J. Smith and Eric Crabtree all had great performances."

Belt finished second in both the pole vault (13'0") and the 100-meter hurdles (15.86), while Smith was the runner-up behind Taye in the 10,000-meters in 34:04.2.

Crabtree turned in a second-place showing in the 800-meter run with a personal-best 1:57.22.

Also placing second were Charles Poole (140'1" in the discus) and the 400-meter relay team (42.15 seconds).

Frostburg State returns to action on Saturday at the Towson University Open.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu