Kone has huge night in 55 dash at NCAA meet

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 11, 2011
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Dominique Kone

COLUMBUS, Ohio --- Dominique Kone (Bucksport, Maine) is suddenly one of the favorites for a national title and is the fastest NCAA Division III sprinter in the country at this moment after running a blazing 6.34 in winning the first heat of the night and qualifying for Saturday's final in the 55-meter dash on Friday night at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at Capital University.

Kone, a sophomore, was tied with Lawaun Curry for the Colby school record at 6.43 heading into the NCAA meet. He was tied with six other sprinters for 11th in the country with that 6.43 before Friday's heats. The championship race in the 55 dash will be Saturday at 6:05 p.m. and will be Webcast at http://www.ncaa.com/live/champ/2011-03-11/diii-indoor-track-field

Kone also set the Capital Center Track record with his Division III season best time. The old record was 6.39 by Heidelberg's Julius Higginbotham in March 2009.

Kone got off to a solid start, started to edge ahead after about 30 to 35 meters, and had a strong close at the finish. The other heat winners were Nick Bee of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a 6.41 in heat two and Zach Lee of Wisconsin LaCrosse with a 6.42. Moravian College's Eric Woodruff came into the meet with the fastest time of the season with a 6.37, but finished third in Kone's heat.

Colby women's indoor track and field athlete Danielle Sheppard (Kittery, Maine), fresh off winning the ECAC Championships last weekend, will compete in the high jump on Saturday at 10 a.m.

55 Meter Dash

Round 1, Heat 1

    1 Dominique Kone, So, Colby College                  6.34Q         

                                           DIII season's best

                                  Capital Center Track record

          Was 6.39; Julius Higginbotham, Heidelberg, Mar-7-09

    2 Xavier Mateen, Sr, Buffalo State                   6.41q         

    3 Eric Woodruff, Sr, Moravian College                6.42q         

    4 Scott Thomas, Sr, Mount Union College             6.446q         

    5 Nick Ward, Sr, Augsburg  College                  6.448          

    6 Jordan Werner, So, Milwaukee Engineering          6.457          

Round 1, Heat 2

    1 Nick Bee, Fr, Wisconsin Whitewater                 6.41Q         

    2 Kenneth Turner, So, McMurry University             6.42q         

    3 Phillip Jones, So, University of Dubuque          6.447q         

    4 Sam Flood, Sr, Wisconsin Stout                     6.48          

    5 Jeremiah Edwards, Jr, Rose-Hulman Inst Tech        6.48          

Round 1, Heat 3

    1 Zach Lee, Sr, Wisconsin La Crosse                  6.42Q         

    2 Davivorn Dowe, Jr, University of Dubuque           6.49          

    3 Justin Allen, So, Buffalo State                    6.49          

    4 Keith Ingram, Sr, Wisconsin Stevens Pt             6.52          

    5 DeShaun Thomas, Sr, Farmingdale Suny               6.74          



55 METER DASH                                                 Saturday 6:05 pm

                                                                     Timed final

Last year's winner: 6.20; Delannie Spriggs, Sr, Salisbury University

NCAA meet record: 6.20; Delannie Spriggs, Salisbury University, 2010

Capital Center Track record: 6.39; Julius Higginbotham, Heidelberg, Mar-7-09

Collegiate record: 5.99A; Obadele Thompson, Texas-El Paso, 1997


Lane Name                         Team                  Time

Section 1

    2 Scott Thomas, Sr        Mount Union College         6.44

    3 Eric Woodruff, Sr       Moravian College            6.42

    4 Kenneth Turner, So      McMurry University          6.42

    5 Phillip Jones, So       University of Dubuque       6.44

Section 2

    2 Zach Lee, Sr            Wisconsin La Crosse         6.42

    3 Dominique Kone, So      Colby College               6.34

    4 Nick Bee, Fr            Wisconsin Whitewater        6.41

    5 Xavier Mateen, Sr       Buffalo State               6.41

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