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Norfolk State Men, Hampton Women Win MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Titles

May 6, 2007

BALTIMORE - The Lady Pirates of Hampton University and the Norfolk State University Spartans captured the 2007 MEAC Outdoor Track and Field crowns at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Morgan State University. Hampton’s Andrew Peresta earned Outstanding Performer accolades for men, while Hampton’s Yvette Lewis repeated as the Outstanding Performer for the women.

The Norfolk State men’s team posted 165 points to capture their second straight title and fourth overall. The Spartans also became the first men’s team in conference history to win all three MEAC track titles (cross country, indoor and outdoor) two years in a row.
Peresta won the gold in the 110m hurdles (14.20) as well as the 400m hurdles (51.20) and finished second in the 400m (46.95) to garner Outstanding Performer honors.

“I just took one event at a time, said Peresta.” After I won the 110m hurdles, I decided that every time I came on the track I would leave it all there.”

Spartans’ Head Coach, Kenneth Giles, earned Outstanding Coaching honors. “It feels good. This title lets everyone in the eastern region and the nation know that we are not just a good team but a good program, explained Giles.” “Hats off to Maryland Eastern Shore, they gave us a tough time during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.”

On the women’s side, The Lady Pirates won their second consecutive outdoor title and fifth overall with 134 points. The Lady Pirates also swept the MEAC track titles (cross country, indoor and outdoor) this season.

Lewis earned Outstanding Performer honors for the second straight year by recording 50.50 points. She broke her own record in the triple jump with her 13.34m (43-09.25 ft.) leap. She had previously set the mark with a 13.26m (43-06 ft.) at last year’s outdoor championship.

“We talked all year about winning all three titles, explained Lewis.” “We had a lot of people that were hurt but we came together and were able to win it all.”

Hampton’s Maurice Pierce was named the Outstanding Coach for the women. “This was the best championship that I have ever had. In spite of the adversity, we pulled it through as a team, said Pierce.” “ I am so proud of my team.”

It was also a record setting day for both the men and women. Maryland Eastern Shore’s Peter Sang set a new MEAC record in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:32.08. The previous record was 9:33.43 held by Maryland Eastern Shore’s Barnabas Togom in 2004.

Kimani Kirton, of Maryland Eastern Shore broke the men’s shot put record with 18.08m (59-04.00 ft.). South Carolina State’s Phil Murphy set the previous record of 17.42m (57-02 ft.) in 1979.

Hampton’s 4x100m women’s relay team set a new record with a time of 44.97. Florida A&M’s 2002 squad previously set the record in 45.02 seconds.

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