Ndebele wins triple jump, Arnold takes first in decathlon for CU
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Ndebele wins triple jump, Arnold takes first in decathlon for CU
Ishmael Arnold tosses the discus in the decathlon Saturday at the Falcon Classic. Arnold won the event as well as the decathlon. (Credit Michael Wade)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Bumnene Ndebele won the triple jump, Caleb Staten placed second in the shot put and Ishmael Arnold won the decathlon by more than 600 points, leading the Cumberland men’s track and field Saturday at the Falcon Classic in Montevallo, Ala.

Ndebele cleared 46-feet, 9-inches for first place in the triple jump while Staten tossed the shot put 42-feet, 6-inches for second place and Ahmad Taylor was eighth in the event with a mark of 38-7. Dylon Dishman finished third in the high jump, clearing 5-feet, 11.75-inches, and Michael Tirjan was sixth in the javelin with a mark of 146-2.5.

Arnold dominated the decathlon, winning the 400-meters in 50.03 and the high jump (6-feet, 2-inches) along with placing second in the 100-meters in 11.19, the long jump (20-feet, 6.5-inches) and the shot put (34-feet, 1.5-inches) on Friday.

On Saturday the Antioch, Tenn., native won the discus (104-feet, 4.5-inches) and finished second in the 110-meter hurdles in 17.62 as well as third in the 1500-meters in 4:46.06. He was fourth in the pole vault (7-feet, 11.25-inches) and fifth in the javelin (109-feet, 9.5-inches). Arnold finished with 5759 points, more than 600 ahead of Morehouse College’s Jovan Rembert, who had 5111 points.

In the running events, Parker Kuchek and Koby Story placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 110 hurdles with times of 16.86 and 16.96, while Tyler Williams was sixth in the 100 in 11.02 and Will Marsh finished sixth in the 400 in 51.42. Story also finished sixth in the 400-meter hurdles in 59.11.

Shemar Salmon placed sixth in the 800-meters in 2:00.32, Rico Briscoe was seventh in the 200-meters in 22.44 and Cornelius Kipchumba finished seventh in the 1500 in 4:18.02. The 4x100-meter relay of Story, Williams, Ndebele and Briscoe was fourth in 42.67.

Cumberland runs again in two weeks at the Hilltopper Relays in Bowling Green, Ky.