32nd Annual Outdoor Track & Field National Championship
32nd Annual Outdoor Track & Field National Championship
Men's Track & Field - Thu, May 24, 2012

Marion, IN - Members of the Dillard University men's track and field team will travel to Marion, IN to pursue their goal of All-American status at the 32nd Annual NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championship hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University from May 24-26, 2012.

The sports world has seen its share of trios. The NBA playoffs currently feature two of the most dynamic trios in professional basketball - Miami Heat's "Wade, James and Bosh", and Oklahoma City Thunder's "Durant, Westbrook and Harden". The combining of these phenomenal talents has sparked a media frenzy asking the question, which trio has the best chance of leading their team to victory. Dillard's big three, Jevonte' Ezzard, Darius Neely, and Tobyus Simmons show similar characteristics to these professional trios. They possess the three characteristics of a winner - talent, motivation, and heart. The Big three have all qualified in one individual event (Ezzard - 400 meter dash, Neely - 200 meter dash, Simmons - 100 meter dash) and will also participate on one or both of the relay teams. Ezzard and Neely will be competing in a total of three events at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship.

Jevonte' Ezzard, a freshman biology major, from College Park, GA will be competing on the 4 x 100 meter relay team, the 4 x 400 meter relay (of which he is the anchor) and in the400 meter dash. The freshman, affectionately known by his teammates as "Bebop" has performed exceptionally well his freshman year. He has done this by living his favorite quote "NOBODY out works ME". Coach Williams has witnessed throughout the year and confirmed that "Bebop" is a "young man of integrity and a very hard worker". Ezzard is currently ranked 21st (48.37) in the country in the 400 meter dash.

Darius Neely, a freshman business management major, from Charlotte, NC will also be competing on the 4 x 100 meter relay team, the 4 x 400 meter relay, and in the 200 meter dash. Coach Williams knew he had recruited a special young man after watching him compete in the AAU Junior Olympics Games last summer that was held in New Orleans. Coach Williams said, "He is a competitor who leaves it all on the track." Darius Neely is the motivator of the team and not afraid of making others accountable. Even as a freshman he has challenged other teammates by not allowing any teammate to use the word "can't". According to Darius, this word does not belong in the vocabulary of a winner. Neely is currently ranked 16th (21.54) in the 200 meter dash.

Tobyus Simmons, a transfer freshman psychology major, from Chattanooga, TN will be competing on the 4 x 100 meter relay team and in the 100 meter dash. Simmons is the silent assassin. He doesn't talk much, he just gets it done. His favorite quote is "impossible is nothing". That is why he is ranked 16th in the country in the 100 meter dash.

The strength of the men's track and field team is the relay teams. The 4 x 400 meter relay team of Matthew Jones, Darius Neely, Emory Nash, LaDalrius Miller and Jevonte' Ezzard is currently ranked sixth(3.14.16) in the country and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Kermit Buggage, Darius Neely, Tobyus Simmons, LaDalrius Miller and Jevonte' Ezzard is currently ranked ninth(41.63) in the country. A sixth place finish or higher at nationals will qualify them for All-American status.

The 32nd Annual NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships will begin on Thursday, May 24, 2012. The events will be live streamed via the internet at http://iwunaia.com/. For more information regarding the National Championship visit www.naia.org.

National Championship Schedule

Thursday, May 24

Track Events   

1:20 p.m. 4x100-Meter Relay Trials

3:10 p.m. 400-Meter Dash Trials

3:50 p.m. 100-Meter Dash Trials

6:10 p.m. 200-Meter Dash Trials 

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Friday, May 25   

Track Events

2:50 p.m. 100-Meter Dash Semifinals 

3:10 p.m. 400-Meter Dash Semifinals

5 p.m. 100-Meter Dash Final

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Saturday, May 26   

Track Events

2:50 p.m. 4x100-Meter Relay Final

3:30 p.m. 200-Meter Dash Semifinals

4:20 p.m. 400-Meter Dash Final

5 p.m. 200-Meter Dash Final

6:05 p.m. 4x400-Meter Relay Final

 
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