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Norfolk State and Hampton grab MEAC Indoor Track titles

February 17, 2007

LANDOVER, Md. – The Norfolk State University men and the Hampton University women captured the titles at the 2007 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

Hampton’s Terrance Burton tallied 20.5 points and finished among the top three in the 200m and 40m events to earn Outstanding Performance honors. Burton was also apart of the 4x400m relay team that took home the gold with a time of 3:16.28.

The Spartans of Norfolk State recorded 133 points to earn its second consecutive MEAC title and fourth overall. Maryland Eastern Shore (110), Hampton (64) Morgan State (61) and Delaware State (51) rounded out the top five.

“The guys really did well and everyone contributed to this championship,” said Norfolk State head coach Kenneth Giles. “Earlier this season we lost David Kemboi (due to injury), who was the MEAC Outstanding Performer last year, everyone had to step up and I think it was a total team effort.”

The Lady Pirates earned 51 points on day one and finished with 179 points to win their fifth consecutive title. Hampton set a new MEAC Indoor Championship record with their 179 point performance, topping their own mark of 168 points at last year’s championships. Maryland Eastern Shore (95.50), Morgan State (72) Norfolk State (52) and Delaware State (42) completed the top five.

“We are excited that our team ranked among the top 15 in the nation during this indoor season, explained Hampton women’s head coach Maurice Pierce. “I wanted to let it be known that was not a fluke. Hopefully after this week, we will be ranked in the top 10. That was the goal. We came into this championship ready to win and win big and we accomplished those goals.“

Yvette Lewis of Hampton was named the MEAC Women’s Outstanding Performer for the second straight year. Lewis won four events including the triple jump, long jump, 200m and 60m, and earned 53.5 points during the two-day championships.

It was a record setting day on and off the track, as four MEAC Indoor Track and Field records were broken. Hampton’s Carolyn Lewis set a new MEAC indoor record in the pole vault with a 3.24m (10-07.50 feet) toss. Norfolk State’s Crisitina Zuniga, who finished second behind Lewis with a 3.09m (10-01.50 feet) throw, held the previous record with her 3.05m (10-00.00 ft) throw at last year’s indoor championships.
Coppin State’s Natoya Baird broke the record in the women’s heptathlon. Baird recorded 3,616 points to top the old record of 3,546 points which was previously held by Yvette Lewis in 2006.

Maryland Eastern Shore senior Kimani Kirton set a new MEAC mark in the shot put event with his 17.92m (58-09.50 feet) toss, breaking the previous record of 17.52m (57-05.00 feet) which was held by both Florida A&M’s Jomo Cousins (1997) and Hampton’s Rodney Johnson (2000).

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