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WOMEN:

Landover, MD – For the second year in a row, the North Carolina A&T State women won the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) indoor track & field championship at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

The Aggies racked up 173.5 points, thanks to a dominant Saturday in front of a raucous crowd and an ESPN3 audience in the afternoon. Bethune-Cookman was the runner-up with 111 points.

Duane Ross was named the meet’s Outstanding Coach for the second year in a row.

By sweeping both the men’s and women’s indoor titles, North Carolina A&T State becomes the first MEAC school to repeat in both the men and women since Delaware State in 1987.

Martha Bissah, who already racked up titles in the 800-meter run and distance medley relay on Friday, was named the meet’s Outstanding Runner for the second straight year. She added two more gold medals to her haul on Saturday.

Bissah ran a 4:53.08 in the mile run, besting Howard’s Destiny Stanford by more than nine seconds to defend her title. She followed that up with a 10:07.07 to win gold in the 3,000 meters.

North Carolina A&T State’s Tori Ray won gold in the 400-meter dash for the second straight year with a 54.99. It was one of seven titles for the Aggies on Saturday, and Ray was also a part of the winning 4x400-meter relay team that took gold in 3:44.22.

Among the Aggies’ other titles:

Anisa Toppin won the triple jump with a distance of 41 feet and one inch.

Kayla White won both the 60-meter hurdles (8.09) and the 60-meter dash (7.39), and she came within .01 seconds of the MEAC indoor record in the hurdles race.

India Brown ran a 24.03 to win gold in the 200 meters for the second year in a row.

Morgan Knight of North Carolina A&T State continued her dominance in the pole vault, winning gold and besting her own conference record at 12 feet, 3.25 inches (3.74 meters).

Florida A&M’sTaylor Gorum took the women’s shot put at 47 feet, 2.25 inches (14.38 meters).

Bethune-Cookman’s Jonina Brinson was named the meet’s Outstanding Field Performer.


MEN:

The North Carolina A&T State men won the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) indoor track & field championship on Saturday in the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, thanks to a dominating performance.

Despite coming into the final day trailing, the Aggies won five titles on Saturday to record 144 points and take the crown for the second year in a row. Hampton finished second with 108 points.

Duane Ross was named the meet’s Outstanding Coach for the second year in a row.

By sweeping both the men’s and women’s indoor titles, North Carolina A&T State becomes the first MEAC school to repeat in both the men and women since Delaware State in 1987.

The first men’s title of the day was a thriller, with North Carolina A&T State’s Marquise McGee making a last-lap move for the lead and holding off Hampton’s Emmanuel Too to take gold in the mile run. McGee ran a 4:21.61 to Too’s 4:21.66.

Rodney Rowe ran a 21.36 to win the 200-meter dash a year after finishing second in the event. He was also part of the Aggies’ 4x400-meter relay team that took the MEAC title after running a 3:14.60.

Michael Dickson ran a 7.85 to win the 60-meter hurdles, while Lasheon Strozier won the triple jump, leaping 49 feet, 6.5 inches to take gold.

Demek Kemp of South Carolina State, who came into the meet ranked in the top five in the nation in the 60-meter dash, held true to form in exciting fashion, running a 6.65 to edge out the Aggies’ Jaylan Mitchell – who ran a 6.66.

Rowe was third with a 6.74.

Too was named the meet’s Outstanding Runner, while Bethune-Cookman’s Jeremiah Peters was named Outstanding Field Performer. Peters won the shot put with a mark of 54 feet, 5.25 inches.

Dominic Harper gave Bethune-Cookman another field title on Saturday, clearing 15 feet in the pole vault to take gold.

Anteneh Girma ran an 8:52.13 to win the 3,000-meter run, his second title of the meet.

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