LANDOVER, Md. – For the sixth year in a row the Hampton Lady Pirates captured the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track and Field Championship winning on Saturday at the George’s Sports & Learning Complex.
Hampton amassed 143.33 points to outdistance Florida A&M who was runnerup with 114 points. North Carolina A&T State was third with 81 points, while Bethune-Cookman was fourth with 75.
Ce’aira Brown of Hampton was named the Women’s Outstanding Runner as she set meet records winning the 800m (2:05.19), the mile run (4:51.63) and also the 3,000m, along with the anchor leg of the distance medley relay team.
Zoe Ellis of North Carolina Central and Kiara Howell of Norfolk State shared the Outstanding Field Athlete honors. Ellis won the triple jump and finished third in the long jump, while Howell placed second in the shot put and the weight throw.
Also setting a MEAC record on Saturday was Morgan Knight, of North Carolina A&T State, who won the pole vault with a leap of 3.50m (11-5.75 ft.) to beat the previous mark of 3.49m by Sasha Smallwood of Bethune-Cookman in 2013.
Maurice Pierce of Hampton was named the MEAC Coach of the Year for the sixth year in a row.
“We made a lot of mistakes, but with Ce’aira Brown doing her thing, the rest of the team filled in the blanks,” Pierce said. “I thought the team did a good job and Ce’aira took it to another level. Every time she ran and broke another record it got the team more excited. I think this championship right here was a combination of a serious group effort and Ce’aira was the knockout punch.”
|2. Florida A&M||114|
|3. North Carolina A&T State||81|
|5. Coppin State||58|
|6. Maryland Eastern Shore||55.33|
|7. Morgan State||41|
|9. Norfolk State||23|
|10. North Carolina Central||19|
|11. Delaware State||17|
Women’s Co-Outstanding Field Athlete: Zoe Ellis (NCCU); Kiara Howell (NSU)
Women’s Outstanding Runner: Ce’aira Brown (Hampton)
Women’s Outstanding Coach: Maurice Pierce (Hampton)