GREENSBORO, N.C., – The Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and Hampton University Lady Pirates won the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.
The Wildcats tallied 132 points to win their first MEAC Men’s Outdoor title. North Carolina A&T followed in second place with 101 points, while Hampton finished third with 89 points.
Bethune-Cookman’s Tristie Johnson set a new MEAC record in the 100m dash, with a time of 11.29. Johnson broke the 2010 mark set by Hampton’s Patrice Richards (11.40).
Hampton swept the relays, winning the 4x100 and 4x400. In the 4x100, Hampton finished with a time of 45.26, while Florida A&M placed second (45.59).
Maryland Eastern Shore’s Dillon Simon tallied 22 points to earn the Outstanding Field Athlete award. Simon won gold in the discus throw and shot put to garner the honor. Hampton’s Chidi Okezie was named the Outstanding Runner. Okezie won the 200m dash, with a time of 20.73, and the 400m dash in 46.61.
Bethune-Cookman’s Donald Cooper was selected the Men’s Track and Field Outstanding Coach for the first time.
Hampton tallied 154.5 points to win their third straight and 11th overall MEAC Women’s Outdoor title. Florida A&M finished in second place with 115 points, while Norfolk State finished third with 79 points.
Norfolk State’s Kiara Howell tallied 22 points to earn the Outstanding Field Athlete award, while Hampton’s Ce’aira Brown posted 22.5 points and was named the Outstanding Runner.
Hampton’s Maurice Pierce was selected the Women’s Track and Field Outstanding Coach for the ninth time in his career.
“It was a hard fought battle and a lot of great competition from all teams,” B-CU’s Cooper said. “This has been one of the best MEAC (Championships) that I have been at, and our team persevered.”
“It was a hard fought battle and a lot of great competition from all teams,” Cooper said. “This has been one of the best MEAC (Championships) that I have been at, and our team persevered.”
“We started off slow and made some mistakes on Thursday and Friday,” Pierce said. “I know the type of team we have and the talent level we have. We are a championship team and at the end of the day, we’ll show up and represent as true champions and get it done. It was a total team effort.”