LANDOVER, Md. – The 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded on Saturday at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Md. as the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman University repeated as MEAC Champions. The championship for Bethune-Cookman was the second all-time for the Wildcats.
Bethune-Cookman scored 122 points to out-distance North Carolina A&T State University with 113. Finishing third was the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with 103.5 points and Hampton University rounded out the top four with 100 points. It was the exact finish from 2015 for the top four teams.
Maryland Eastern Shore’s Khalil Rmidi Kinini won the Outstanding Runner honors for the second year in a row. He won the 5,000 meters, the 3,000 meters, the mile run and was a part of the winning distance medley relay team to account for 32.5 points. His win in the 3,000 on Saturday set a record time of 8:30.44 to beat the previous mark of 8:34.21 by Josef Tessema of Norfolk State in 2012.
Kenneth Fisher of Bethune-Cookman was named the Men’s Outstanding Field Athlete after his first place in the long jump, second in the high jump and third in the triple jump accumulated 24 points for the victorious Wildcats.
Bethune-Cookman head coach Donald Cooper won his second straight MEAC Coach of the Year honor.
“We knew we had some tremendous guys that would finish up on the final day and we just had to wait on it,” said Cooper. “It was good for us to get the points in the triple jump. To win back-to-back MEAC Indoor titles is remarkable.”
|Men’s Results - Team||Points|
|2. North Carolina A&T State||113|
|3. Maryland Eastern Shore||103.50|
|5. Norfolk State||66|
|6. Coppin State||57|
|7. Morgan State||28|
|8. South Carolina State||20|
|10. North Carolina Central||16|
|11. Savannah State||14|
Men’s Outstanding Track Performer: Khalil Rmidi Kinini (UMES)
Men’s Outstanding Field Performer: Kenneth Fisher (B-CU)
Men’s Outstanding Coach: Donald Cooper (B-CU)