Indoor Track & Field Recap: Feb. 1

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          Release: 02/02/2014
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Coppin State competes hard at Penn State National Invitational

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Coppin State University men's indoor track and field team concluded a spectacular weekend at the Penn State National Invitational with a few more memorable performances.

The Eagles had a blast by seemingly competing, not only against the clock, but against each other in an effort to see who can deliver season-best times. That question wasn't decided because every Eagle who placed among the top eight, headed back to Baltimore with a new season standard that they plan to improve upon over the next few

Freshman Rosen Daniel highlighted a great day for the Eagles by finishing second in the 400-meter in a season-best time of 48.75 seconds. One of Daniel's goals heading into the weekend was to help the 4 x 400-meter relay team run a faster time. Consider that objective met. Fueled by a strong field of elite competition, the Eagles' 4x400-meter relay squad of Daniel, Donnell Taylor, Jeremy Dorsey and Kester Chase heated up the track to the tune of 3:14.71.

Taylor placed seventh in the 400-meter dash in a season-best time of 49.27 seconds. Meanwhile, Chase was fifth in the 200-meter dash (21.86). Shane Green jumped a season best 49 feet, 8.25 inches to finish in the triple jump. Green is slowly building steam for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship meet in less than two weeks.

Coppin State will be back in action Friday and Saturday in New York at the prestigious New Balance Invitational at the historic Armory.



Relay Team leads SSU at Hilton Garden Invitational

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Led by the men’s 4x400 relay team, the Savannah State men’s and women’s track & field teams continued the 2014 indoor schedule with the Hilton Garden Invitational this weekend.

The team of Cameron Hall, Brandon Davis, DeAndre Pearsons and Kristopher Ballou ran a 3:22.74 in the 4x400 meter relay for a first place finish. Hall continued his dominance of the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.02 and a second place finish.

SSU newcomer Justin Leggett placed fourth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.81, while teammate Kenshard Hamilton ran a 22.86, to finish in sixth.

In the distance medley relay, a rare race for the Tigers, the team of Ballou, Pearsons, Brandon Davis and Micah Richards ran an 11:02.48 for a 10th place finish.

In the field, Dolphurs Hayes and Timothy Jackson both recorded vaults of 4.25 meters to finish 14th and 16th, respectively in the men’s pole vault competition.

Aluntrea Davis led the Lady Tigers with a second place finish in the 200 meter dash after running a 26.06. Jazy Seay-Blane placed sixth in the same event with a 25.42, followed by Kortney Grey, who ran a 26.39.

Seay-Blane ran a 56.55 in the 400 meter dash for a fourth place finish, followed by teammate Chavonta Roberts who ran a 58.67.

The team of Seay-Blane, Rajeanne Jarrett, Jaymi White and Michaela McGhee ran a 4:18.91 in the 4x400 relay for a 10th place finish. Jarrett finished ninth in the pentathlon with a total score of 2729.

Indiah Bell led the Lady Tigers in the field with a distance of 11.51m in the triple jump competition for a ninth place finish. White finished the long jump with a 5.40m distance for a 14th place finish, followed by Grey, who recorded a distance of 5.38m.

The Tigers have one more indoor event, the New York Armory Invitational on February 7, before the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship on February 13 that will close out the indoor season.



Lady Pirates win two titles at Penn State National Invitational

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Hampton University women’s track & field team took home two event title at the Penn State National Invitational, which was held Friday and Saturday at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track Facility.

Sophomore Ce’aira Brown won the 800-meter run with a season-best 2:09.26, while senior Teiara Denmark took the long jump title with a mark of 6.11 meters (20 feet, 0.5 inches).

Brown was also on the 4x400-meter relay squad – along with senior Emmy Fraenk, junior Le’Quisha Parker, and senior Malekah Holland – that came in second in the JoePa Invitational with a season-best 3:40.95.

She also joined Parker, Holland, and senior Cydney Robinson in coming in third in the distance medley relay with a season-best time of 11:51.01.

Denmark also came in fourth in the triple jump with a season-best mark of 12.51 meters (41 feet, 0.5 inches).

Senior Breana Norman ran a season-best 8.35 to come in eighth in the 60-meter hurdles, while Fraenk was eighth in the 800-meter run invitational with a 56.43.

On the men’s side, junior Chidi Okezie came in third in the 200-meter dash with a season-best 21.65, and he was on the 4x400-meter relay squad – along with freshman Rayon Black, senior Je’Von Hutchison, and junior Edose Ibadin – that finished fifth in the JoePa Invitational with a season-best 3:11.21.

Sophomore Trey Holloway came in seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best 7.96, while Hutchison came in eighth in the 400-meter dash invitational with a season-best 47.38.

The Pirates and Lady Pirates will return to action on Friday and Saturday, when they head to New York, N.Y. for the Armory Invitational in their final indoor meet before the MEAC Championships.



Four UMES victories highlight Columbia Invitational trip

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In every meet this season, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has registered at least one win. Whether it be in the dash, the relay, or the field event, the Hawks have compiled 31 wins and three record performances. This past Saturday, the team added four more wins and a new record in various events at the Columbia Invitational in New York City.
Junior Gayon Evans finished first in the 60 meter dash finals with her time of 7.52 meters. The finish marked the fourth win for Evans, with three individual victories and one in the relay. Freshman Jared Kerr took the top distance in the long jump, with 7.18 meters, his sixth victory this season.
The men's 4x400 relay team of senior Aaron Chatman, senior Ramone Waite, Kerr, and senior Javon Spencer won the event with a time of 3:15.05, making it the fourth UMES relay win this year.
The fourth UMES win came from junior Dillon Simon, who won his seventh event this year with a first place finish in the shot put. This included a Navy field house record of 18.64 meters of January 11th that fell just shy of the school record. Last Saturday, Simon eclipsed the school record, throwing for a distance of 18.81 meters, edging out Kimani Korton's 2007 record of 18.72 meters. The school record is the third Simon has acquired this year, going along with his field house record and a school record in the weight throw that he has topped four times this season alone.
Other top performances include Chatman, who in addition to his contribution in the relay win registered a third place finish in the 200 meter dash (21.99 seconds) and a fourth place finish  in the 400 meter (48.12). Spencer also had a top three finish in the 200 meters with his time of 21.98 seconds, just ahead of Chatman. Two field athletes took top three marks as well, with junior Rico Duncan finishing third in the shot put at 17.86 meters, and senior George Chandler, who also finished third in the weight throw with his distance of 17.40 meters.
On the women's side, Evans also earned a second place finish in the 200 meter dash with her time of 24.49 seconds. Junior Annis Mars placed fifth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 57.46 seconds, and graduate student Geranda Williams finished fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 11.79 meters.
The UMES track team will travel to New York for the final time this weekend, as they look to continue their winning ways in the two-day Collegiate New Balance meet.

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