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HBCU Track & Field News And Notes
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Saint Augustine’s College dominated the 2007 CIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships as the Falcons claimed both the men’s and women’s titles at Christopher Newport University’s Freeman Center this past Sunday.
In the men’s standings, the Falcons scored 206 points to outdistance North Carolina Central, which finished second with 126.5 points. Bowie State placed third with 31.5 points, Virginia Union was fourth with 26 points, Virginia State was fifth with 21 points, Livingstone was sixth with six points and Saint Paul’s was seventh with four points.
The Lady Falcons took the women’s crown with 177 points to easily beat North Carolina Central, which scored 85 points. Bowie State placed third with 71 points, Virginia State was fourth with 33 points and Livingstone finished fifth with two points.
Saint Augustine’s College claimed its 22nd CIAA men’s crown and 13th CIAA women’s championship in indoor track and field. The Falcons are the defending NCAA Division II National Men’s Champions in indoor track and field.
Saint Augustine’s College also swept the individual awards. On the men’s side, Philippe DeRosier was named track most valuable performer and Joe Kindred, the 2006 National Junior High Jump Champion, was named field MVP.
Among the women, Johnsie Liles was selected track MVP and Kwonya Ferguson was chosen field MVP.
Saint Augustine’s won 10 of 14 men’s events and 9 of 12 women’s events.
DeRosier won the 60 and 200 dashes, and Kindred captured the long jump and placed second in the high jump to lead the Falcons’ men. Liles finished first in the 200 and 400 dashes, and Ferguson won the high jump, long jump and triple jump to spark the Lady Falcons.
Both Liles and DeRosier set facility records at the Freeman Center. Liles won the 400 dash in a time of 55.10, and DeRosier won the 200 dash in a time of 21.64.
MEAC CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BEGIN FRIDAY
The MEAC will host its Men and Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships February 16-17 at the Prince George ’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover , Md. The championship will begin Friday, at 9 a.m. with the men’s heptathlon events and the women’s shot put final.
The Lady Pirates of Hampton , who are currently ranked 14th in the nation, will attempt to capture their fifth consecutive MEAC indoor title and sixth overall. Senior Yvette Lewis, the reigning two-time MEAC Indoor Outstanding Performer, is currently fifth in the nation in the 60m hurdles.
Lewis has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in four events including the 60m hurdles (8.17), long jump (20-06.50 ft.), triple jump (44-03.00 ft.) and pentathlon (3852 pts).
Freshman Francena McCorory has also been a spark for the Lady Pirates this season. McCorory broke the World Junior Record in the 300m and 500m and also the NCAA Collegiate record in the 500m. She has also qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60m dash with a time of 7.44.
On the men’s side, Norfolk State will vie for its second straight title and fourth overall. The Spartans currently have 14 top five finishes in the MEAC for 10 events scored.
The Spartans have been highlighted by many athletes this season including freshmen Avery Wilson and last year’s MEAC Indoor Outstanding Performer, David Kemboi.
Wilson set a school record in the 60m hurdles (7.89) at the Penn State National Open. Kemboi ranks among the top five in the MEAC this season with his time of 4:25.82 and first place finish in the mile run at the Coach O Invite.
In addition to the men’s heptathlon and women’s shot put, Friday’s action features the women’s long jump, and women’s high jump.
Opening ceremonies will commence at 1:30 p.m. followed by the 800m, 60m hurdles, 400m dash and men’s pole vault. The remainder of the day will highlight the 60m dash, men’s long jump, 200m dash, and the distance medley races.
The final day of competition will begin at 9 a.m. with the women’s pole vault and women’s pentathlon. The remaining field events include the men’s shot put and triple jump events.
The championship will also feature the mile run, 400m dash, 60m hurdles, 200m dash, and the women’s 3000m and men’s 5000m run. The championship will conclude with the men and women’s 4x400m relay races.
Saturday is “Adopt a MEAC Team Day”. Fans are encouraged to select one of the 11 MEAC institutions as their adopted team and show their support by wearing the team’s colors. MEAC key chains will also be given out the first 100 people in attendance.
Admission for the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships is $5 for adults and $3 for children, students, and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the event.
For more on the championships and MEAC athletics log on to, www.MEACsports.com.
JOHNSON C. SMITH TO HOST DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIPS
School president Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph.D., announced that Johnson C. Smith University was awarded the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships scheduled for May 24-26.
This will be the first time that JCSU has hosted a national championship event. JCSU has hosted regional competition in basketball (2001), and conference championships in 2003 and 2004.
“We are very excited to serve as the host for such a tremendous event,” said JCSU Athletics Director Stephen Joyner, Sr. “Our facility is ideal to host such an event and with the support of the Charlotte community, I am confident we can meet the challenge.”
The meet will bring to Charlotte more than 1,000 competitors and support staff at the end of May. The festivities will begin with a banquet on Wednesday, May 23, 2007, and will conclude with the majority of final events on Saturday, May 26, 2007.
The Irwin Belk Complex is considered by many as one of the top track venues in the nation, with its prime location sitting beautifully under the Charlotte skyline and right off the interstate. The stadium has been adopted by area middle and high schools as the scene of choice for their track events.
JCSU has served as the host for several national track meets – Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Summer Games, state-wide Special Olympics, and the 2005 USA Track and Field-Sectionals.
In addition to the quality events mentioned previously, the Irwin Belk Complex has hosted the 2003 and 2004 CIAA Championships. In 2004, the JCSU women’s track and field team placed second in the conference championships and narrowly missed nationally qualifying in two events.