CHESTER, Pa. - The Stevenson men's track and field team claimed its first MAC Outdoor Championship as they finished tied with host Widener with a school-record 173 points. The Mustangs have claimed at least a share of both the indoor and outdoor championships in this historic season for the program (Stevenson won the MAC Indoor team title in March). Coach Erick Camodeca claimed MAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time this year on the men's side. Camodeca was named coach of the year at the indoor championships after leading the Mustangs to their first indoor conference title.
The conference title came down to the final event, the 4x400m relay. Stevenson came into the event trailing Widener by just two points at 167-165. The Mustang squad consisting of juniors Kendall Belser, Matt Riggins, Vladhimir Theophile, and sophomore Iddriss Iddriss placed second overall with a school-record time of 3:18.13, beating out Widener by just .02 seconds to claim a share of the title. The top three teams in this event now also own the top three times in the Mideast Region this season (DeSales - 3:17.65, Stevenson, Widener - 3:18.15).
Individually, Belser claimed the 100m dash title with a personal-best time of 10.75 seconds. Later in the day, Belser took the 200m title with a personal record of 21.77. Belser's 100 time is currently third best in the region, while his 200 is time is fourth in the region.
In the 4x100, Belser, Riggins, Davis and Hayward combined to take first overall in the event with a time of 42.22 seconds, giving them All-MAC First Team honors.
Iddriss broke his own school record in winning the 800 with a time of 1:53.63 to claim first team honors. Iddriss would also take fifth in the 400 with a 50.64, while Theophile placed sixth with a 51.12.
Freshman Dimeon Wright claimed third in the triple jump with school-record hop, skip and jump of 14.47m, giving him third team honors. Senior Adam Diabagate placed fifth in his final conference championship with a 13.53, while freshman Clement Onyebadi took eighth with a personal-best 12.93.
Freshman Maurice Johnson tied his own school record with a toss of 14.10 meters in the shot put, giving him third place.
Junior Langston Gash set a new school record in the 1500m run with a time of 3:56.94 to claim fourth overall. Gash's time is currently ninth best in the region.
Sophomore Patrick Watson finished fifth in the 5000 with a 15:07.89. Gash placed seventh with a 15:28.69.
Freshman Ritchie Case picked up two points for Stevenson by taking seventh in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.69 seconds.
On Saturday, May 12, part of the squad will compete at the Aggie Last Chance meet, hosted by North Carolina A&T. Other athletes will compete at the Tuppeny Twilight meet, hosted by Swarthmore College on Sunday, May 13.