Malika Clary - three gold medals Saturday
April 16, 2005
Nashville, Tenn. - For the second time in three years the Florida Atlantic University women's track team has finished third at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. The Owls finished the event on 89 points, 21.5 points behind second-placed Troy and 69 points behind winners UCF. Saturday's final day of competition saw some superb performances by FAU runners as four school records fell and the 4x100m relay team won their event for the third consecutive year.
"I'm very pleased with our performance," said coach Alex Smolka. "I knew UCF would be tough with their depth in the field events, but today's result is definitely something for us to build upon."
Pacing the Owls Saturday were sophomore Malika Clary and junior Marilyn Stephens. Clary won the 200m in a school-record time of 23.92 seconds and finished second in the 100m in 12.05 seconds. She also ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay team that won in a school-record and regional qualifying time of 45.28 seconds, and anchored the 4x400m relay team that took first place in a time of 3:40.92, a school record time, a regional qualifying time and a new meet record.
Stephens, who was also part of both victorious relay teams, finished fifth in the 200m and ran second in the 400m in a school-record and regional qualifying time of 54.32 seconds. Stephens, who ran out of lane eight and finished only .20 behind the event winner, had run the event only once previously.
The 200m proved to be a complete domination by FAU as senior Daquia McCoy finished second and junior Jian Jones fourth behind Clary. The 100m was almost as much of a success with McCoy finishing third, Jones fifth and Yanique Booth eighth behind Clary.
In all, two individuals (Clary and Stephens) and the two relay teams qualified for the NCAA East Regional to be held in New York on May 27-28.