GREENSBORO, N.C., – The Bethune-Cookman Wildcat men and Florida A&M Rattler women have won the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T.
The Wildcats tallied 139 points to win their second consecutive MEAC Men’s Outdoor title. North Carolina A&T State followed in second place with 138 points, while Hampton finished third with 93 points.
Bethune-Cookman’s Kenneth Fisher recorded 21 points to earn the Outstanding Field Athlete award. Fisher finished second in the high jump and long jump, while placing fourth in the triple jump. Maryland Eastern Shore’s Khalil Rmidi Kinini was named the Outstanding Runner. Rmidi Kinini set records in the 1500m and 5000m and won the 3000m steeplechase.
Bethune-Cookman’s Donald Cooper was selected as the Men’s Track and Field Outstanding Coach for the second time.
“We are blessed that it went our way,” Cooper said. “It could have easily have gone the other way. You can’t ask for a better championship when the meet comes down to the final race.”
Florida A&M tallied 111 points to win their first MEAC Women’s Outdoor title since 2000 and 10th overall. Hampton placed second with 105 points, while Bethune-Cookman finished third with 92.33 points.
Norfolk State’s Kiara Howell registered 25 points to earn her second consecutive Outstanding Field Athlete award. Hampton’s Ce’aira Brown repeated the Outstanding Runner honor after posting 28.50 points.
Howell won the discus and javelin, while finishing fourth in the shot put to pick up 25 points. Brown set a new MEAC record in the 1500m, with a time of 4:29.06, breaking the 1993 mark set by Coppin State’s Dianna Pitts (4:35.19). She also won events in the 800m and was a member of the 4x400 relay team, while placing third in the 5000m.
Florida A&M’s Darlene Moore was selected as the Women’s Track and Field Outstanding Coach.
“The girls and the coaching staff were a bit heart broken after indoor when we finished in fourth place,” Moore said. “We made a pact where we wanted to work hard and improve on our positioning and take home the victory at this year’s outdoor track and field championship.”
Bethune-Cookman’s Tristie Johnson broke her own meet record in the 100m dash, with a time of 11.26.
Hampton won the 4x400 relay, with a time of 3:37.07 and Delaware State placed second in 3:42.60. Florida A&M secured the win with six points after finishing third in 3:42.81.
The men's meet came down to the 4x400 relay as North Carolina A&T State finished fourth to record five points, but the Wildcats placed eighth to get the one point needed to win the title.
Hampton’s Trey Holloway set a new MEAC record in the 100m hurdles, with a time of 13.57. Holloway broke the record set by Bethune-Cookman’s Ronnie Ash in 2008 (13.57).
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