Shimukowa earns Athlete of Year, Scales votes Coach of Year for CU men
Monday, February 11, 2019
Shimukowa earns Athlete of Year, Scales votes Coach of Year for CU men
Charles Shimukowa earned Athlete of the Year honors at Monday's Mid-South Conferernce Championships. (Credit Michael Wade)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Charles Shimukowa won the 400 and 800-meters and was part of the second-place 4x400-meter relay, earning Athlete of the Year honors and helping Cumberland to a third-place showing in the Mid-South Conference Men’s Indoor Track Championships on Monday in Birmingham, Ala.

Mardy Scales also garnered Co-Coach of the Year accolades after the Phoenix finished third in the team standings behind the University of the Cumberlands and Lindsey Wilson.

Shimukowa won the 400 in 48.41, almost a second in front of teammate Ishmael Arnold’s time of 49.30. He also outpaced Campbellsville University’s Sam Kiser by more than a second (1:55.69 to 1:56.82) in taking first in the 800 as well.

The Lusaka, Zambia, native teamed with Shamar Salmon, Will Marsh and Arnold for second place in the 4x400 in 3:22.39.

Cornelius Kipschumba finished third in the 5000-meters in 15:33.34 and Nate Mihnovich was seventh in the event in 16:00.94. Eric Sparks and Jerry Rojas finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the mile run with times of 4:48.23 and 4:49.06. Salmon was third in the 600-meters in 1:23.59, Shimukowa placed fifth in 1:25.07 and Marsh came in seventh in 1:25.81.

Tyler Williams finished third in the 60-meters in 7.02 and was fourth in the 200-meters in 22.15 while Salmon finished fifth in the 800 in 2:00.94 and Rico Briscoe placed eighth in the 400 in 52.93. The distance medley relay of Mihnovich, Travon Wimley, Carlos Angeles-Solis and Kipchumba finished fourth in 11:07.57.

In the field events, Bumnene Ndebele placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 47-feet, 5-inches and Cornelius Ross II was fourth in the event (46-4). Camryn Jacobs finished fifth in the long jump with a mark of 21-feet, 3-inches and Ndebele was seventh (20-7). Dylon Dishman finished third in the high jump, clearing 6-foot-1, and Arnold was sixth (5-11).

Caleb Staten placed fourth in the weight throw with a mark of 44-feet, 11-inches and Josiah Scott was sixth (44-1) while Staten finished finished in the shot put with a mark of 43-feet. Dishman also cleared 10-feet in the pole vault for fifth place.