Idamadudu sets NAIA-best time in 400 meters

Jan. 17—Cumberland's women added four more national standards on day two of the Commodore Challenge and Praise Idamadudu set the new bar in the women's 400-meter dash with the NAIA's best time last Saturday at Vanderbilt.

She and Blessing Samuel were named Mid-South Conference Track & Field Athletes of the Week on Monday.

Idamadudu sets a new season best time in the NAIA in the 400 meter dash at 54.69 seconds. She took fourth place in the event losing to two NCAA Division I sprinters and an unattached runner. Leesa Mutandwa also ran in the event finishing in 18th place at 1:01.77.

Doris Mensah qualified for the 60 meter hurdles finals with a time 8.86 seconds and then upped her time in the finals with an 8.71 time for eighth place. The time is the eighth fastest in the NAIA and meets NAIA "A" standards.

Ifunanya Muoghalu took 10th place in the 60 meter dash clocking in at 7.70 seconds. The time qualifies her for nationals with "B" standards and is the 20th best time this season in the NAIA.

Daveina Watson finished in third place in the shot put with a best mark of 13.27 meters. The distance meets "B" standards, but Watson already met "A" standards last week with a best of 13.61 meters at the Ed Temple Classic.

Ezthia Maycock and Hope Britt each ran in the 800 meter. Maycock took 14th place with a time of 2:28.52 and Britt finished in 17th at 2:34.42.

Lilah Mohler took on the 3000 meter finishing in 28th place with a time of 12:12.34. Sarah Wilkerson ran in the mile taking 32nd place with a time of 5:47.25.

Samuel took 10th place in the triple jump with a best jump of 11.14 meters.

Cumberland will be back in action at Vanderbilt again this weekend to take part in the Vanderbilt Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

CU men post 4 top-10 finishes on final day of Commodore ChallengeNASHVILLE — Cumberland's men wrapped up the Commodore Challenge last Saturday with four top-10 finishes.

Lynden Johnson and Nsikak Akpan finished seventh and eighth in the 60 meter dash. Johnson posted a time of 6.94 seconds and Akpan clocked in at 6.96 seconds. The NAIA "B" standards time in the event is 6.86 seconds, so the two just missed out on less than one tenth of a second. Kier Priest also ran in the event finishing in 29th with a time of 7.27.

Benjamin Nyakudya came in 11th place in the 400 meter dash. He posted a time of 49.98 seconds. Lucas Phillips took 15th place in the event at 50.70 seconds.

Dinkon Sinisterra ran in the 60 meter hurdles finishing in 12th place with a time of 8.83 seconds.

Joel Forbes took 30th place in the mile at 4:25.98 and Elliott Hughes came in 39th at 4:40.65. Ethan Rhoden ran in the 3000 meter coming in 27th place with a time of 10:03.50.

Juan Orejuela De La Rosa and Dinkon Sinisterra each competed in the shot put. Orejuela De La Rosa took seventh place with a best mark of 15.25 meters. Sinisterra came in 19th place at 11.00 meters.

Amir Mersal came in ninth place in the triple jump. Mersal best mark was 14.12 meters, narrowly missing "B" standards at 14.15 meters.

The Phoenix will be back at Vanderbilt this coming Friday and Saturday for the Vanderbilt Invitational.

Forbes, Nyakudya qualify for nationals with top-5 timesNASHVILLE — Cumberland's Joel Forbes and Benjamin Nyakudya qualified for the NAIA Indoor National Championships with top 5 times in the 600 meters on the first day of the Commodore Challenge at Vanderbilt last Friday.

Forbes posted a fourth place finish in the 600 meter and ran the event in 1:19.44 to post the third-fastest time in the NAIA. The time earns him "A" standards to qualify for the indoor national championships. Nyakudya finished in 10th place crossing with a time of 1:20.85. His time fell just short of "A" standards, but landed him with the fifth-best time in the NAIA.

Lucas Phillips and Isaacs Mudzimukunze each ran in the 300 meter with Phillips taking 18th at 36.22 seconds and Mudzimukunze finishing in 27th at 36.97 seconds.

Lynden Johnson took a sixth place finish in the 200 meter dash. Johnson posted a time of 22.17 seconds, .37 seconds away from NAIA "B" standards. Nsikak Akpan came in 14th place at 22.82 seconds

Elliott Hughes tok on the 1000 meter finishing in 17th with a time of 2:37.58.

In the field events, Liyu Scarlassara and Mackey Bonds each took on the high jump. Scarlassara finished in 11th place at 1.90 meters and Bonds came in 15th at 1.84 meters.

Bonds also took on the long jump finishing in 13th place at 6.81 meters. Ahmed Demerdash came in 27th in the event at 5.85 meters.

Juan Orejuela De La Rosa picked up a 17th- place finish in the weight throw with a best mark of 12.97 meters.