Former NCHSAA Athletes On Record-setting Collegiate Relay Team

PUEBLO, Colo. – Saint Augustine’s University broke the national Division II record in the men’s 4×100 meter relay, and the Falcons did it with two former NCHSAA athletes in the quartet.

St. Augustine’s recorded a time of 39.01 seconds on the first day of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl on the Colorado State University of Pueblo campus.

The St. Aug foursome of Ramaan Ansley (Sr./Philadelphia, Pa.), Taffawee Johnson (Jr./St. Ann, Jamaica), Burkheart Ellis, Jr. (Jr./Raleigh, N.C.) and Jermaine Jones (So./Wilmington, N.C.) shattered the 29-year old mark held by Abilene Christian, which ran 39.20 in 1984. The time also broke the facility record of 39.88 at the DeRose Thunderbowl.

Ellis is a graduate of Knightdale while Jones is a graduate of New Hanover.

The Falcons ran the 14th fastest time in the United States this year. They easily won Heat 2 in the preliminaries to advance to Saturday’s final.

The record had been in existence for 29 years. The St. Augustine’s sports information department provided information about the accomplishment.