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MEN'S TRACK & FIELD: Warriors finish third in the nation at indoor championships
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CHARLESTON, Ill. - Rend Lake College took its spot on the podium Saturday with a third place team finish at the 2012 NJCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Individual national champions included sophomore Demarcus Brooks (Springfield) in the 60 meter dash, and the 4x800 relay team of Tivo Rivera (Swedesboro, N.J.), Holland Sherrer (Bridgetown, N.J.), Maurice Sapp (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Dameon Morgan (Edwardsville).
RLC Head Coach Eric Alberter has now led his team to third, fifth and third, respectively, in his three indoor seasons with the Warriors. This was the first time, however, that third place was won by a team made up entirely of young athletes he recruited.
"I was excited for them," he said. "It's been a long road really and we've had some growing pains along the way. We had 12 freshmen and two sophomores, so it was a new environment for almost all of them. They lined up and competed, and performed well."
Brooks followed up his 60 meter championship with an All-American third in the 200 while Micah Washington (Arkansas) grabbed All-American status with a second-place finish in the high jump and Shon Kyle (Imperial, Mo.) took second in the weight throw. The top eight in each event earn NJCAA All-American honors. Other All-Americans: Jeff Stewart (McLeansboro) was fourth in the shot put, Fred Roberts (Maple Heights, Ohio) was third in the 60m hurdles; Chris James (Kentwood, Mich.) was seventh in the 60m hurdles; Tremaine Gordon (Evanston) was seventh in the 60 meter dash; Washington was eighth in the triple jump; and the 4x400 relay team of Anthony Golowach (Cary), Sapp, Sherrer and Morgan took fifth.
Alberter added that with a few more ingredients combined to this young team, he thinks the Warriors' next national championship is within sight.
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