CU track & field

Front, from left: Travon Wimley, Tyler Williams, Bumnene Ndebele & Charles Shimukowa. Standing: Ishmael Arnold, Will Marsh, Ishmael Arnold and  Kalea Barnett. Not pictured Riley Kilian & Cornelius Kipchumba. 

NAIA Track & Field --

Eight men and two women will represent Cumberland University at the NAIA Track and Field Championships set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 23-25 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

"We're taking a competitive group to Gulf Shores," said Cumberland head coach Mardy Scales.

"We've got the reigning indoor national champion in the 800-meters senior Charles Shimukowa.

"Charles has a good chance, he's the number three seed going in and we're expecting him to win it all.

"Our 4X100 team is ranked seventh in the country and I expect they'll move up. "We've been working all year for this -- they're ready to go."

Junior Kalea Barnett (Blackman High, Murfreesboro) will participate in the shot put and junior Riley Kilian (Creek Wood High, Cumberland Furnace) will run the marathon for the women.

The shot put takes place May 24 while the marathon is set for May 25 at 6 a.m.

Men’s relay teams in the 4x100 and 4x400-meters both qualified for the national championships, with junior Ishmael Arnold (Antioch High), Shimukowa and sophomore Tyler Williams running in both events along with freshman Shemar Salmon, junior Travon Wimley, freshman Will Marsh (Mt. Juliet High) and junior Bumnene Ndebele.

The 4x100 is set for May 23 at 3 p.m. and the 4x400 takes place May 24 at 8:15 p.m.

Shimukowa will participate in the 800-meters on May 24 at 2:20 p.m. while Ndebele qualified in the triple jump, set for May 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Williams runs in the 100-meters on May 24 at 3:10 p.m. and Cornelius Kipchumba also qualified in the marathon for the Phoenix along with Kilian.

Coach Scales was happy to see warmer temperatures in Lebanon as the meet is traditionally held in hot, muggy conditions.

"We should have a good practice Monday and hope that carries over," Scales said.

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