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A History Making Day In Greensboro
The Lady Pirates tallied 119 points en route to their seventh consecutive MEAC outdoor track and field title. Hampton’s Krystle Medlin and Francena McCorory led Hampton with 24 and 22.50 points, respectively.
Coppin State’s Natoya Baird earned Outstanding Performer accolades after tallying 29 points. Baird won the heptathlon during day two action. She also scored in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and javelin during the competition.
“I am really happy and proud of this award for my school and my coach,” said Baird. “I am looking forward to continuing my education and preparing for the Olympics and World Championships.”
Lady Pirates Head Coach Maurice Pierce earned Outstanding Coach accolades for the sixth consecutive year.
“This was the hardest outdoor championship to win,” explained Pierce. “Our team overcame injuries, but we found a way.”
Maryland Eastern Shore finished second with 109 points. The Norfolk State Spartans were third with 106 points, followed by North Carolina A&T (82) and Bethune-Cookman (70) to round out the top five.
On the men’s side the Norfolk State men’s team won their fourth straight team title and sixth overall with 133.50 points. Junior Marlon Woods earned Outstanding Performer honors after tallying 27.25 total points.
Woods won the high jump with a 2.15m leap and was second in the long jump and triple jump. He also ran the anchor leg of the 4x100m relay that placed fourth.
“It’s great to add another win to our streak. We accomplished what we set out to do,” said Woods. “It wasn’t about me trying to score points to get Outstanding Performer honors; it was about scoring points for the team.”
Spartans’ Head Coach, Kenneth Giles, earned MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Outstanding Coaching honors for the fourth time in his career.
“This really wasn’t a good weekend for us compared to past championships,” Giles said. “We had some injuries to athletes that would have performed well had they been here this week.”
“We also had some athletes who didn’t quite fare as well as we expected, but we did have some younger athletes step up and exceed our expectations. All in all, we did what we came to do.”
Hampton recorded 104 points to finish as runners-up to the Spartans. Maryland Eastern Shore (93.50), North Carolina A&T (84) and Morgan State (73) completed the top five on the men’s side.