Hampton men and women sweep Mid-Eastern conference championships
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Hampton's men’s and women’s teams swept the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State.
The Hampton Lady Pirates tallied 123 points to win their tenth MEAC outdoor title. Maryland Eastern Shore followed in second place with 119 points and Florida A&M finished third with 104 points.
Hampton head coach Maurice Pierce, who took over the men’s program this year, was named the Outstanding Coach for both programs. Pierce has earned the women’s Outstanding Coach of the Year honor nine times and earned the honor for the first time this year on the men’s side.
“This is unbelievable,” Pierce said. “To win two championships in one year, in this conference, is a tremendous blessing. Both teams worked together and the men were able to feed off the women. These wins are an attribute of these two teams working together as one.”
Ranita Mealer of Morgan State and Kiara Howell of Norfolk State scored 20 points each to earn the Co-Outstanding Field Athlete award, while Petra Kubesova from Maryland Eastern Shore was named the Women’s Outstanding Track and Field Runner.
Kubesoav, the 2013 MEAC Indoor Track and Field Outstanding Runner, continued her record-setting year by breaking records in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:55.02 and the 5,000-meter in 17:15.04. Kubesoav replaced Kadian Dunkley of Bethune-Cookman in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:06.99), who broke the record last year. She also replaced former UMES student-athlete Merrecia James in the 5,000-meter, who held the previous record of 17:41.41 in 2007.
In men’s action, the Hampton Pirates tallied 119 points to earn their first MEAC outdoor championship since sharing the title with Florida A&M in 2004. The last time the Pirates won the title outright was in 2003.
The seven-time defending MEAC champion Norfolk State finished second with 92.50 points, followed by Bethune-Cookman in third with 64 points.
Maryland Eastern Shore’s Dillon Simon recorded 18 points in the field events and was named Outstanding Field Athlete. Florida A&M’s Elias Chesire tallied 25 points on the track to earn the Outstanding Runner honors for the second year in a row.
Chesire was two-tenths of a point from breaking the record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, but held on to capture the gold with a time of 9:21.12. He also finished first in the 5,000-meter (14:51.84) and finished fourth in the 1,500-meter with a time of 3:59.96.