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HBCUs Advance 17 to NCAA Div I Track Championship
New York, NY—Appearing at three of the four regional championships on Saturday, 17 Black College performers advanced to the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships on June 11-17 in Sacramento, California. The top five finishers in each regional event advanced.
The largest group to move on came from the East Regional held at George Mason University. Hampton University’s Jerome Mathis won the 200m dash with a time of 20.58 seconds.
Florida A&M’s Sheldon Morant finished second in the men’s 100m dash clocking 10.38 seconds. Morant then joined James Amune, Brent Mobley and Antwanare Jones to finish second in the 4X100m men’s relay.
Howard University’s David Oliver grabbed third place in the men’s 110m hurdles. In field events, Desmond Kapofu (2nd) of Norfolk State and N.C. A&T’s Everett Bruce (5th) advanced in the triple jump competition. South Carolina State’s Darryl Reeves got a west coast trip by virtue of a third place finish in the long jump.
S.C. State’s Trina Lovett, Delaware State’s Tiffany Barnes and Hampton’s Chloe Davis were the only women from HBCUs to advance from the East Regional Championship. Lovett finished third in the high jump. Barnes finished fifth in the 400m dash and Davis earned a return trip to the finals by finishing fifth in the 400m hurdles.
Alabama State’s 4X100 men’s relay team of Gregory Tomas, Rynelle Joseph, Jeremy Bateman and Curtis Thompson finished fifth in the Mideast Regional Championship at Ohio State University.
In the Midwest Regional Championship, Texas Southern’s Tremedia Brice finished fifth in the women’s 200m dash to earn a trip to the finals which will be held at Hornet Stadium on the campus of California State University in Sacramento.