Weekly Outdoor Track & Field Release
With the crux of outdoor season ready to heat up, the MEAC has several athletes shining on a national stage as they rank nationally.
On the men’s side, Bethune-Cookman’s Kareem Fair exploded out the blocks with a 10.28 on March 31 to rank 11th nationally in the 100. North Carolina A&T State’s Rodney Rowe clocked a 10.3 at the Florida Relays on March 30 to rank 13th also in the 100.
Coppin State’s Joseph Amoah ranks fourth in the 200 (20.48), Rowe 10th (20.61) and Savannah State’s Nigel Brown 21st (20.93).
Morgan State’s Joel Roberson is 32nd in the 400 (47.03) while Michael James of Coppin State ranks 27th in the 800 (1:49.16). Maryland Eastern Shore’s Taj Showalter moved to 25th in the 110 hurdles (14.10) followed by North Carolina A&T State’s Todd Townsend (14.14) (32nd) and TaQuille Jackson (36th) in the 110-meter hurdles (14.17).
Savannah State’s Morgan Ellis-Foster is 25th in the 400 hurdles (51.76), Morgan State’s Lloyd Hylton is 33rd in the long jump (24-5) while Bethune-Cookman’s Michael Tiller ranks sixth in the triple jump (52-5.25) followed by North Carolina A&T State’s Lasheon Strozier (17th) (51-3.75).
On the women’s side, Morgan State’s Shenel Crooke ranks 34th in the 100 (11.53) while NCAT’s India Brown stands at 15th in the 200 (23.11). Norfolk State’s Martha Bissah ranks 24th nationally in the 800 (2:08.45), Eastern Shore’s Shauntel Lucius ranks 40th in the triple jump (41-0.25) while BCU’s Catoria Sirmon ranks 43rd in the shot put (49-11.25).
UP FOR GRABS
After winning both the men’s and women’s MEAC Championship on the indoor side this past winter, North Carolina A&T State turns its attention to outdoor as the Aggies try to capture its first men’s title since 1996 and first women’s title since 1995.
GOING THE DISTANCE
Maryland Eastern Shore’s Khalil Rmidi Kinini is going out in style as the senior looks to win his third consecutive MEAC Track & Field Outstanding Performer on the outdoor side.
Rmidi Kinini won the same title during indoor this past winter has cemented his legacy by becoming the first Hawk to qualify for NCAA national competition (cross country) as he finished fifth at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals.
The native of Spain is a three-time MEAC Cross Country champion and the first runner in MEAC history to win three individual titles.
Bethune-Cookman is the back-to-back-to-back MEAC Track & Field Champions on the men’s side and is looking to extend its streak in 2017. While that’s an impressive feat, they still have a ways to go as Norfolk State won seven straight from 2006 to 2012 under head coach Kenneth Giles. Florida A&M has won the past two MEAC Championships on the women’s side and a win in 2017 would mark the second time in six seasons that a team has accomplished a three-peat as Hampton won three straight from 2012-2014. Only South Carolina State and Hampton have won five consecutive outdoor titles in MEAC history on the women’s side.
MO-AH TO COME
An injury prevented the MEAC from seeing Coppin State’s Joseph Amoah in action at the indoor championships but he looks to have bounced back as he ranks fourth nationally in the 200 with a time of 20.48.
Several freshmen have established themselves early in the middle to long distance races as Norfolk State’s Martha Bissah ranks 24th nationally in the 1,500-meter run (4:27.12) while Hampton has a pair of freshmen (Janet Okeago, Faith Keitany) rank amongst the top 100 nationally in the 10,000. Freshman JaQuaveon Beachem of Bethune-Cookman holds the top score in decathlon.