Delaware State's track & field program will head to Landover, Md. for the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. The festivities will begin on Thursday at 3 p.m. with the men's heptathlon, followed by the women's 5,000m and women's long jump at 3:15 p.m. The day continues with the men's 5,000m race and semifinals of the men's and women's 200m races.
Day one concludes with the men's long jump final.
The championships continue Friday, Feb. 17, with the men's heptathlon at 9 a.m. Other field events on Friday's slate include the women's pentathlon, men's and women's high jump, and men's and women's weight throw. The student-athletes return to the track for the semifinals in the men's and women's 60m hurdles, 60m dash and 400m dash. The day closes out with the men's and women's distance medleys.
The competition concludes on Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the women's shot put, men's and women's pole vault, and the men's and women's triple jump. Running events begin at 1 p.m. with the women's mile run. Rounding out the afternoon's events will be the men's and women's 4x400m relay race at 3:25 p.m.
For the first time in the event’s history, ESPN3 will stream Saturday’s action live from 1-4 p.m. EST.
"Having the finals on ESPN3 allows the conference to showcase its rich track & field history to a global audience,” said MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas. “Our MEAC institutions have produced a plethora of talented student-athletes and coaches in the world of track & field over the years. Working with ESPN3 provides our student-athletes and coaches the chance to display their talents and share their stories on an expanded national platform.”
Last time out
DSU's women team finishing in a tie for 10th place (22 points) with North Carolina Central, whereas the men placed 12th with five points.
The Hornets' women 4x400-Meter relay squad of Faleesha Dowe, Rayanna Relerford, Vanessa Whittingham and Leandra Nyemeck brought home the bronze medal with a time of 3:45.94. For Relerford, Dowe and Nyemeck.
Relerford’s final MEAC Outdoor Championships also included winning the bronze medal in the 400-Meter Dash with a season-best time of 54.57 to garner six points for the Hornets, along with registering two points with a seventh place finish (25.32) in the 200-Meter Dash.
Dowe, meanwhile, also brought home a bronze medal by totaling 4214 points in the Heptathlon. This performance by Dowe was not only her best of the season, but it added six points to DSU’s team total.
Rounding out the women’s outing was freshman Deja Johnson finishing eighth (3723) in the Heptathlon, along with Omealla Gordon placing eighth (1:00.45) in the 400-Meter Dash. The pair added a point each to DSU’s team total.
On the men’s side, freshman Elijah Agwu garnered all the points for the Hornets by finishing fourth (160-11.00 – 49.05m) in the Javelin Throw and eighth (134-00 – 40.84m) in the Discus.
Getting Back On Track
For the DSU men, its last top five finish (4th – 49 points) occurred in the 2011 MEAC Indoor Championships, headlined by Leslie Murray, Kelli Thibou, Tariq Devore and Donte Holmes capturing the 4x400-Meter Relay crown with a conference-record time of 3:14.89. The women, meanwhile, last most notable finish occurred in 2010 placing seventh (41.25 points), highlighted by Nykeisha Sewell finishing third (3331 points) in the Pentathlon.
Who To Watch
On the Men’s side the 4x400 relay team formed by: Gerald Amobi, Kendall Leach, Kiyair Lambert, and Cameron Burgess, have been the fourth fastest team in the MEACthus far. In addition, they ran their best time two weeks ago, at the Villanova Invitational, finishing in second place with a time of 3-minutes-15.95 seconds.
The women’s team is also currently ranked fourth in the MEAC. Their best performance of the season thus far, happened at the Villanova Invitational as well. The relay team comprised of Faleesha Dowe, Omealla Gordon, Cydney Franks, and Precious Igwebuike, finished in second place with a time of 3:48.14.
Junior sprinter Faleesha Dowe is the only returning member of last year’s bronze medal team.
Standout performer Chloe Franks enters the conference championship as the second-best Pole Vaulter in the MEAC. She recorded her highest mark (11’ 1.75” meters) last month at the Towson Tigers Invitational.
In addition to being apart of the 4x400 relay team, Omella Gordon ranks third in the MEAC for the 400-meter dash. Her best performance also occurred at the Towson Tigers Invitational, Gordon finished first in the 400-meter dash at Towson, with a time of 56.29 seconds.