CLAREMONT, Calif. --- Colby College junior Dom Kone (Bucksport, Maine) is a national champion for the second time.
Kone, the fastest NCAA Division III sprinter in the country, won the 100-meter dash on Saturday night in a stadium record and school record time of 10.24. He tied the third-fastest time in NCAA history in the event and has the second-fastest clocking in the history of the NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Kone earned his third All-American honor and his second national title in his junior year. Kone won the 60-meter dash at the NCAA indoor meet back in March at Grinnell College in Iowa.
"He had a great performance, a great start," Colby head coach Jared Beers said. "You never want to say before the race happens what you think could happen, but I felt if he did what he needed to do that he could (win)."
Kone, who picked up 10 points for the victory, beat the stadium record of 10.28 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. He was just slightly slower than the NCAA meet record of 10.19, set by Lincoln's Chaz Clemons in 2002. The all-time NCAA record for the 100 dash is 10.18 by Mount Union's Derrick Rippy in 1983.
Oneonta State's Sean Bernstein finished in second place with a 10.44, Thurgood Dennis was third for Wisconsin-Eau Claire at 10.47, and Delaware Valley's Travis Pitts had a 10.52 for fourth place. McMurry's Kenneth Turner, who finished third to Kone in the 60 dash in the indoor meet, took fifth place in 10.53.
Kone has had false start disqualifications in the past, including one last weekend at the ECAC meet. He did not let that happen when it counted in the national meet.
"I set goals for myself before the New England Division III meet last year and the ECAC meet this year and both times I had a false start," said Kone, with a laugh. "So I purposely didn't set any goals this weekend. I just wanted to relax, breathe, and really not think of anything when I got to the blocks."
Kone's relaxation techniques worked and he got off to a fine start. After 50 meters he appeared in command and won fairly decisively for such a short sprint.
"I really put more emphasis on the 100 than the 60," Kone said. "The 60 is very short and is over quickly, where the 100 you feel you are more at top speed for a longer time. There is a real adrenalin rush to the race."
Kone had the top time in the preliminary races Friday night with a then school record time of 10.39 to smash his old record of 10.56. He had set the old record twice, once in winning the NESCAC title for the third straight year and the other in the prelims of the ECAC meet last weekend.
Kone heads back across the country from California to Maine and will have little time for rest. He heads to Virginia for an internship on Monday, working with University of Virginia professors on parasite research. The internship will take place in a lab in the mountains, making training a unique experience.
"There's not going to be any weight room on the top of the mountain," laughed Kone. "I'm going to have to come up with some different ways to train and I'll hit the weight room when I get back."
Kone was the fifth varsity athlete in Colby athletics history to win a national title after taking the 60 dash in March. He joins Jamie Brewster '00 (hammer throw in 1997, 1998, 1999) as the only Mules to win multiple national titles. Abbi Lathrop '06 won the giant slalom in skiing, Cindy Pomerleau '97 was the heptathlon champion for women's track and field, and Todd Coffin '83 captured the steeplechase for men's outdoor track and field in 1983. Billy Pettengill '11 won a national snowboardercross title in 2009 at the U.S. Snowboard Association National Championships. The 2003 Colby women's crew is the lone team to win a national title.
Kone's 10 points were good enough to help Colby men's track and field take 24th place out of 82 scoring teams at the meet.
Men's 100-Meter Dash
3 Heats. Advance top 1 from each heat plus next best 6 to final
DIII Champ: # 10.19 2002 Chaz Clemons, Lincoln (PA)
Stadium: ! 10.28
Name Year School Finals Wind Points
1 Dominique Kone JR Colby 10.24 2.8 10
2 Sean Bernstein JR Oneonta 10.44 2.8 8
3 Thurgood Dennis FR Wis.-Eau Claire 10.47 2.8 6
4 Travis Pitts SR Delaware Valley 10.52 2.8 5
5 Kenneth Turner JR McMurry 10.53 2.8 4
6 Davivorn Dowe SR Dubuque 10.54 2.8 3
7 Victor Banjo FR Wittenberg 10.60 2.8 2
8 Terrence Thigpen SR Wis.-La Crosse 10.61 2.8 1 10.606
9 Bruce Gray FR Greenville 10.61 2.8 10.607
NCAA 100-METER DASH CHAMPIONS
1974 James Gilkes, Fisk, 9.4w*
1975 Joe Franklin, Southern-N.O., 9.83*
1976 Joe Franklin, Southern-N.O., 10.49
1977 Paul Brown, Westmont, 10.4
1978 Charlie Kennedy, Miles, 10.74
1979 George Crunkleton, Slippery Rock, 10.64
1980 David Farnsworth, Fitchburg St., 10.66
1981 Kofi Osei, Augustana (IL), 10.66
1982 Timothy Street, Frostburg St., 10.63w
1983 Derrick Rippy, Mount Union, 10.56
1984 Derrick Rippy, Mount Union, 10.52
1985 Malcolm Hardy, Occidental, 10.68
1986 Steven Terry, Frostburg St., 10.92
1987 Tim McCrossen, St. Lawrence, 10.71
1988 Steven Terry, Frostburg St., 10.93
1989 Barry Harris, Loras, 10.76
1990 Bruce Canterberry, Neb. Wesleyan, 10.71
1991 Jermaine McDougal, Frostburg St., 10.78
1992 Brandon Jones, Lincoln (PA), 10.51
1993 Brandon Jones, Lincoln (PA), 10.52
1994 Mira Hamilton, Wis.-Whitewater, 10.74
1995 Brandon Jones, Lincoln (PA), 10.46w
1996 Terry Anders, Wis.-Stout, 10.53
1997 Stefan Mascoll, SUNY Cortland, 10.53
1998 Carl Alexander, Millikin, 10.57w
1999 Dayne Ross, Lincoln (PA), 10.55
2000 Chaz Clemons, Lincoln (PA), 10.47
2001 Chaz Clemons, Lincoln (PA), 10.64
2002 Chaz Clemons, Lincoln (PA), 10.19
2003 Chaz Clemons, Lincoln (PA), 10.71
2004 Nick Wetherby, SUNY Cortland, 10.69
2005 Augustine Schmader, Lincoln (PA), 10.53
2006 Greg Nixon, Howard Payne, 10.43w
2007 Willie Hordge, Buffalo St., 10.56
2008 Amaan Siddeeq, SUNY Cortland, 10.59
2009 Stephen Headley, Springfield, 10.51
2010 Stephen Headley, Springfield, 10.33
2011 Eric Woodruff, Moravian, 10.90
2012 Dom Kone, Colby, 10.24
All-Time Top 10 TIMES for DIVISION III 100 METERS
10.18 by Derrick Rippy, Mount Union, 1983
10.19 by Chaz Clemons, Lincoln, 2002 (at NCAA meet)
10.24 by Dom Kone, Colby, 2012 (at NCAA meet)
10.24 by Wilmer Ray, Howard Payne, 1997
10.26 by Sedrick Medlock, Howard Payne, 1997
10.27 by John Biacofsky, Mount Union, 2006
10.30 by Dan Tutskey, UW-La Crosse, 2002 (at NCAA meet)
10.33 by Brandon Jones, Lincoln, 1992 (at NCAA prelims)
10.33 by Stephen Headley, Springfield, 2010 (at NCAA meet)
10.35 (wind aided) by Brett Blake, Nebraska Wesleyan, 2003
10.37 by Amaan Sideeq, Cortland, 2008
10.37 (w) by Greg Nixon, Howard Payne, 2005