SMYRNA, Del. – Florida A&M broke a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) record with its fifth straight Women’s Cross Country championship on Saturday morning at the Delaware State University Outreach and Research Center.
Florida A&M scored 53 points to win its ninth overall MEAC title and a MEAC-record fifthh in a row. The Lady Rattlers averaged a time of 18:52.52 on the 5K course and had all four runners finish inside the top 15.
“Last year we won our fourth in a row and set a FAMU record,” Lady Rattlers head coach Darlene Moore said. “In order to keep the kids from being complacent, we set the goal to go out there and set a MEAC record.”
Florida A&M’s Judith Kibii was named Outstanding Performer, and became the second Lady Rattler in school history to win the cross country championship after finishing first with a time of 18:02.60.
Coach Moore, of Florida A&M, was named Outstanding coach for the women for the fifth straight year.
Second-place honors went to Maryland Eastern Shore with 60 total points. Hampton (93), Bethune-Cookman (105) and Norfolk State (115) completed the top-five team finishes.
2016 MEAC Women’s Cross Country Championships Team Results
|1. Florida A&M||53|
|2. Maryland Eastern Shore||60|
|5. Norfolk State||115|
|6. North Carolina A&T State||126|
|7. Morgan State||166|
|T8. South Carolina State||244|
|10. Coppin State||251|
|11. Delaware State||299|
|12. North Carolina Central||314|
|13. Savannah State||383|
2016 MEAC Women’s All-Conference Team
|1. Judith Kibii||Florida A&M||18:02.60|
|2. Jennaya Hield||Maryland Eastern Shore||18:12.21|
|3. Deja Davis||Bethune-Cookman||18:21.95|
|4. Marketa Marcanikova||South Carolina State||18:31.43|
|5. Sharon Jerop||Maryland Eastern Shore||18:34.24|
|6. Candice Higgins||Norfolk State||18:38.79|
|7. Pollyanna Velasco||Hampton||18:44.96|
|8. Nyajock Pan||Bethune-Cookman||18:49.12|
|9. Emmax Kiplagat||Florida A&M||18:52.59|
|10. Neus Quinonero||Maryland Eastern Shore||18:58.50|
|11. Silvia Guerra||Maryland Eastern Shore||19:00.60|
|12. Karen Escobedo||Morgan State||19:01.62|
|13. Fridah Limo||Florida A&M||19:05.85|
|14. Caroline Kiplagat||Florida A&M||19:08.28|
|15. G’Jasmine Butler||North Carolina A&T State||19:09.46|