KSU's Akindele, Haugh & Liberty's Zapata Earn Championship Performer Accolades

KSU's Akindele, Haugh & Liberty's Zapata Earn Championship Performer Accolades

 Three ASUN Conference Men's Outdoor Track & Field student-athletes added the final set of awards from the 2019 Conference Championship as Liberty's Alejandro Perlaza Zapata and Kennesaw State's duo of Daniel Haugh & DJ Akindele earned recognition. The trio joins KSU's Paris Williams & Liberty's Brant Tolsma as award winners from the outdoor championship.

2019 ASUN Outdoor Track & Field Championship Award Winners
Paris Williams, Kennesaw State - Championship Most Outstanding Performer
Brant Tolsma, Liberty - Coach of the Year
Alejandro Perlaza Zapata, Liberty - Most Outstanding Track Performer
Daniel Haugh, Kennesaw State - Most Outstanding Field Performer
DJ Akindele, Kennesaw State - Most Outstanding Freshman Performer

Liberty's Alejandro Perlaza Zapata took home three gold medals at the ASUN Outdoor Championship; 200m, 400m & 4x400m Relay. In the 200m Dash, Zapata registered a time of 21.03 to edge out a pair of Owls for the win. The 400m featured Zapata setting the championship record with his time of 45.56, breaking the previous mark by nearly 1.5 seconds. He was part of another meet record as the Flames tallied a time of 3:10.38 in the 4x400 Relay to finished ahead of KSU by three seconds with Zapata running the anchor leg.

Kennesaw State's Daniel Haugh dominated his events at the ASUN Championship as the senior set new conference championship records in the Discus and Hammer Throws. In the Hammer Throw, Haugh launched a top toss of 75.03m to break the previous meet record by nearly 11 meters. He finished ahead of second place in the hammer by 18 meters. Haugh added a title in the Discus and set a new record in that throwing event with his best toss of 56.77m, besting the previous mark by 4.66 meters.

KSU's DJ Akindele was all over the track as the freshman competed in three events as he registered 14.5 points for the Owls. He tallied three-place showings in both of the hurdle races. His time of 13.92 seconds in the 110m Hurdles was only .11 behind the first place performer, while the 400m Hurdles featured a time of 53.73. In the 4x100m Relay, Akindele ran the anchor leg of the record-setting squad as the Owls posted a time of 40.03m, breaking the previous ASUN mark by 0.11 seconds.