Hampton takes MEAC championship
Pirates tally 136 points en route to winning ninth league crown
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Hampton won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships on Saturday afternoon at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State.
The Pirates tallied 136 points to win their ninth title in program history. Maryland Eastern Shore finished in second place with 106 points, followed by North Carolina A&T in third with 84 points.
South Carolina State's Shamire Rothmiller tallied 26 points to earn the Outstanding Field Athlete award while Maryland Eastern Shore's Cynthia Anais posted 25 points and was named the Outstanding Runner.
Hampton's Maurice Pierce was selected as the Women's Track and Field Outstanding Coach for the eighth time in his career.
"It feels good to win another championship," Pierce said. "My assistant coaches and athletes did a great job. It wasn't our best performance but at the end of the day we scored the most points so I'm excited to win."
It was a record setting day as Bethune-Cookman's Sasha Smallwood posted a meet record in the pole vault with a mark of 3.58m (11-09.00). Hampton's Carolyn Lewis held the previous record of 3.35m, which she earned in 2007.
UMES' Cynthia Anais topped her own meet record with a time of 2:05.97 in the 800m run. Anais set the previous mark of 2:07.97 during Friday's semifinal.
Kadian Dunkley of Bethune-Cookman ran a time of 11:06.99 in the 3000m steeplechase to earn a new conference record. Hampton's Jahlisa Smith held the previous mark of 11:15.28 in 2010.