LANDOVER, MD – While not technically a repeat, the Hampton University men’s and women’s track & field teams did what they did last spring: swept the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) titles on Saturday in the MEAC Indoor Championships.
The teams also swept the MEAC Outdoor Championships last May.
The Lady Pirates won their fourth straight MEAC indoor title – and their 11th in the past 12 years – while the Pirates won their first MEAC indoor championship since 2003, ending Norfolk State’s run of dominance.
The Lady Pirates celebrated its fourth consecutive and seventh overall MEAC indoor crown with a total of 147points. Florida A&M placed second with 133 points and Morgan State finished third with 74 points.
Norfolk State garnered 64 points to grab fourth, followed by Bethune-Cookman (63), Coppin State (56), Maryland Eastern Shore (29), North Carolina Central (28), Savannah State (22), Delaware State (18), Howard (18), North Carolina A&T (8) and South Carolina State (6).
Hampton’s Teiara Denmark finished with 32 points to earn the Most Outstanding Field Athlete and while teammate Ce’aira Brown garnered the Outstanding Runner with 25 points, having a hand in four MEAC event titles.
Brown set a new MEAC record in winning the 800-meter run with a season-best 2:08.14, and she also took the mile run title with a season-best time of 5:05.89. She also anchored the 4×400-meter relay and distance medley teams that won gold.
Director of Track & Field Maurice Pierce was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Coach.
“This was definitely a whole team effort,” Pierce said. “Both teams cheered for each other and we came together. We weren’t even predicted to win on the men’s side. We came through in the clutch, as everyone showed up and did their part.”
On the men’s side, Hampton won its first crown since 1996 with 114 points and snapped Norfolk State’s run of eight straight championships. The Spartans were unable to defend the title due to postseason ineligibility.
Bethune-Cookman finished second with 109 points, while North Carolina A&T placed third with 95 points.
Florida A&M finished fourth with 95 points, followed by Maryland Eastern Shore (64), Howard (64), Morgan State (40) Coppin State (39), South Carolina State (32), Savannah State (31) and Delaware State (6).
Maryland Eastern Shore’s Dillon Simon finished with 18 points and set a MEAC record in the shot put with 18.35m (60-02.50 ft.) to earn Outstanding Field Athlete. Simon broke Morgan State’s Tyron Benjamin’s mark of 18.01m, set in 2009.
Deon Clifford of Florida A&M, who won the 5,000m on Friday and the 3,000m on Saturday, took top honors as the Outstanding Track Athlete with 30.50 points. Clifford also was second in the mile and a member of the Rattlers’ first-place team in the distance medley relay.
The Hampton 4×400 relay team of Rayon Black, Edose Ibadin, Chidi Okezie and Je’von Hutchinson also set a meet record by breaking Norfolk State’s mark from 2012 with a time of 3:14.22.
Women’s Team Rankings – 17 Events Scored
|North Carolina Central||28|
|North Carolina A&T||8|
|South Carolina State||6|
Men’s Team Rankings – 17 Events Scored
|North Carolina A&T||95|
|South Carolina State||32|