Norfolk State Men, Florida A&M Women Claim Leads After First Day Of MEAC Track & Field Championships

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          Release: 05/04/2017
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Day one of the 2017 MEAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship wrapped up with the Norfolk State men and the Florida A&M women claiming early leads after the first day of competition.

Maryland Eastern Shore freshman Noah Agwu claimed the first championship of the 2017 MEAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship with a personal-best throw of 165-09 in the discus. Coppin State's Steven Thomas placed second with a throw of 161-02 followed by South Carolina State's Anthony Britt (160-08). Norfolk State freshman Jacob Milton completed the indoor/outdoor high jump championship sweep as he battled North Carolina Central's Omega Smalls to the end. Both Milton and Smalls posted heights of 6-11 with Milton needing only one jump to clear while it took Smalls three attempts.

In the men's decathlon, Hampton's Jerrick Powell claimed the early lead after five events with a total of 3,506 points while Bethune-Cookman's JaQuaveon Beachem is only 12 points behind with 3,494 points. North Carolina A&T State's Darren White closed out the first day of scoring activity in style as he won the 10,000-meter run in a personal-best time of 31:32.64.

Hampton's Jaelen Williams posted the top time (50.77) in the prelims of the 400-meter hurdles as his mark was two seconds faster than the closest competitor. Jaylen Banks of Norfolk State (52.13) and Stanley Davis of Hampton finished with the second and third-best times as Banks clocked 52.13 followed by Davis' time of 52.24.

North Carolina A&T State dominated the 200-meter prelims as four Aggies qualified for the finals with Christopher Belcher leading the pack in a time of 20.72.

Norfolk State leads all teams with 29.5 points while two-time champion Bethune-Cookman sits in second with 23.5 points. North Carolina A&T State and Maryland Eastern Shore are both tied for third place with 16 points.

On the women's side, Morgan State's Jailah Mason picked up the first title of the meet, winning the high jump with a mark of 5-11.25 inches. Alexandra Marshall-Paul of Florida A&M took the women's discus title, tossing it 156-4.

Hampton's Janet Okeago took the lone women's running event of the day, winning the 10,000 run going away with a time of 35:51.99.

Coppin State's Khemani Roberts leads the heptathlon after one day, racking up 3,301 points over the first four events. Kaitlin Scott of Hampton sits in second with 2,850 points, while Delaware State's Faleesha Dowe, with 2,812 points, is third.

North Carolina A&T State swept the top three times in the semifinals of the women's 200-meter dash, with India Brown posting the top time at 23.48. Kayla White (23.86) and Yakira Love (24.04) rounded out those top three times.

Howard's Uchechi Onuoha posted the top time in the women's 400-meter hurdles with a 59.78; she was the only runner to break the minute mark.

Day two starts with the women's heptathlon and men's decathlon on Friday at 9 a.m. The women's long jump and shot put start at 11:30 a.m. with the first running event, the women's 100-meter hurdles semifinals, will start at 2:50 p.m.

Florida A&M leads the team standings after the first day with 30 points. Hampton sits in second with 23 points, while Coppin State is third with 16.

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