DANTE BLACKMON BECOMES FIRST OWL IN THE NFL Former Kennesaw State defensive back Dante Blackmon has made history again for the Owls, becoming the program’s first player to sign a contract with a National Football League team. Blackmon, who also became the first Owl to earn an NFL mini-camp tryout, signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts following his successful tryout. A first-team All-Big South selection, Blackmon led the conference with six interceptions (second-most in the FCS) and eight pass breakups last season. He logged a career-high three interceptions against Duquesne, becoming the 10th player in Big South history with three in one game. Blackmon was named Big South and National Defensive Player of the Week for his effort versus Duquesne. In his final two seasons with the Owls after transferring from Appalachian State, the Covington, Georgia native played in all 22 games and compiled 50 tackles, eight interceptions and two fumble recoveries. KENNESAW STATE SWEEPS ASUN TRACK AND FIELD TITLES Kennesaw State swept the Atlantic Sun Conference outdoor track and field championships, as the women’s team earned its first ASUN outdoor title and the men’s team took home its fifth straight. Both squads dominated the competition, setting ASUN outdoor track and field scoring records. The women’s ASUN record haul of 274.5 points placed the Owls 141.5 points ahead of second-place Jacksonville, 11-time reigning champion. The men scored 327 points, 196 more than second-place Lipscomb, for the program’s ASUN-record eighth outdoor title. Jordan Gray continued her strong season, winning the heptathlon with a new ASUN and KSU heptathlon record 5,641 points. Dayo Akindele was named Most Valuable Performer after collecting 38 points for the Owls in the two-day meet. Akindele won gold medals in the long jump, triple jump and high jump, and a silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles. MEN’S GOLF WINS ASUN TITLE Jake Fendt birdied the 18th hole to give Kennesaw State a one-stroke lead, and Christopher Guglielmo two-putted for par on 18 to clinch a one-stroke victory over Lipscomb in a thrilling final round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Men’s Golf Championships at the Chateau Elan Legends Course. The championship is the second straight title for the Owls and third in program history. Led by a final-round one-under par 71 from Fendt, the Owls rallied late after Lipscomb seized a six-stroke lead on the back nine to post a third-round 7-over par 295, and complete the 54-hole tournament at 1-under par 863. Pablo Rodriguez-Tabernero Torres, who also carded a par on 18 to keep the Owls’ lead secure, recorded a one-over par 73. Guglielmo shot a three-over 75. Kennesaw played its final three holes in 2-under par, while Lipscomb was 3-over par on those same group of holes. The Owls had entered the day with a 10-shot lead over both North Florida and Lipscomb. The Ospreys recorded a final-round 5-over par 293 to finish fourth at 7-over par 871, while the Bisons posted a 2-under par 286.
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