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FAMU MEN, HAMPTON WOMEN CAPTURE 2004 MEAC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD TITLES
The Lady Pirates Earn Second Straight Championship; Rattlers First Title In LANDOVER, MD—Florida A&M men and Hampton women captured the 2004 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship titles, Saturday Feb. 21 at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Md. Hampton women won their second straight title, while the Rattlers earned their first title in five years. Florida A&M led with 97 team points, while Hampton women with 117. On the women’s Maryland Eastern-Shore (59) and North Carolina A&T (58) finished close in second and third place. Norfolk State was fourth with 52 points and South Carolina State rounded out the top five with 48 points.
For the men, Hampton fell short of a repeat, finishing a distant second with 65 points. North Carolina A&T (60) followed close behind in third, Maryland-Eastern Shore was fourth (57) and Morgan State finished fifth (39).
The Lady Pirates dominated the 60-meter hurdles as Kellie Wells (8.40), Chloe Davis (8.60), and Chandra Pulliam (8.75) finished in the top three positions. Other Lady Pirates first place finishes included the 4×400 Relay, the 800 Meter Dash, the Mile Run and High Jump.
Two of FAMU’s five first place finishes included Eric Ramsey’s (48.96) 400-meter time, and a record 1-mile time of 4:18.29 set by Kevin Hicks.
Eboni White of Hampton, the 2004 Outstanding Performer, led all with 28 individual points. White had a record-breaking night as she earned a 1-mile time of 5:08.12, topping teammate Jade Fisher’s previous record of 5:08.12 established in 2003.
The Aggies’ Tim Walls earned top individual points and pushed the Aggies to a solid third place position with first place finishes in both the 200 meter (22.21) and 60 meter dash (6.78). He was named the men’s Outstanding Performer.
Maurice Pierce (Hampton) was named Outstanding Coach for the women for the second straight year, and Rey Robinson (FAMU) was selected the Outstanding Coach for the men.
Ashley Horn of Morgan State surpassed her previous shot put record of 14.15 meters set in 2002, with a 14.61-meter effort.
David Oliver, Howard’s 60-meter hurdle sensation, finished last with a time of 32:09 due to an unspecified injury.
For a complete 2004 MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championship results log onto www.meacsports.com