2017-03-13 / Sports

Limestone track, wrestling stars win national championships


BIRMINGHAM, ALA. — Limestone senior Marshawn Scott became the first Saint to earn a national title by taking home top honors in the 60m hurdles Saturday at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships.

Scott jumped out to one of his best starts all season and continued to gain momentum headed into the first hurdle. With every hurdle he inched towards the front of the pack and leaned across the line in 7.92 to take the win and All-American honors.

Scott and Marquett Simmons Jr. each qualified for the national finals by taking one of the top 8 spots in their respective events on Friday.

Scott kicked off the day for the Saints with a fifth-place ranking in the prelims of the 60m hurdles. Though Scott got off to a slower start than the rest of the field approaching the first hurdle, he finished second in his heat with a time of 6.967.

Simmons Jr. picked up two All-American honors on the day with a seventh place finish in the 60m dash and a fourth place showing in the 200m dash. Simmons took control of his heat of finals just like he did in the prelims of the race, but his second heat time dropped him to fourth place in the 200.

The Saints now turn their focus to the outdoor track season where they will look to replicate their indoor season this spring.

Limestone College wrestling program had its own strong day in the national finals.

Senior DeAndre' Johnson picked up the Limestone wrestling team's second ever national championship with a 14-5 major decision victory in the finals of the 157 pound bracket.

After slotting himself into the semifinals with his 2-0 day Friday, Johnson got the ball rolling Saturday morning as well turning in a sudden victory over McKendree's Ryan Strope, who ended up fifth in the tournament.

Johnson was then pit up against reigning champion Destin McCauley of Nebraska Kearney in the final match of the tournament. DeAndre' made his presence known to all in the arena before the match even started as he stared into the eyes of McCauley as he was introduced into the arena.

The two went back and forth over the first two periods of the match before Johnson dropped the hammer pull away with a six-point combo takedown and near fall to extend to an 11-5 advantage. He would score another two-point near fall and pick up a riding time point to secure his major decision.

Johnson joins Dan Scanlan as the only other Saint to win a national title in wrestling.

Sophomore Matthew Rudy also wrapped up his tournament Saturday with a sixth place finish at 197 pounds. After suffering a tough 2-1 decision at the hands of Luke Cramer, Rudy was sent into the fifth place matchup where he lost a 9-5 decision against Evan Ramos of Shippensburg.

Johnson and Rudy earned All-American honors for their efforts.

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