Hosted by the North Carolina A&T Aggies, the Delaware State track & field program will head to Greensboro, N.C. for the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. The festivities will begin this Thursday (1 p.m.) with the men’s decathlon events, while the final day of competition will conclude Saturday (9 a.m.) with the men’s and pole vault, javelin and triple jump.
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A Look Back
Last season’s MEAC Outdoor Championships featured the Delaware State women finishing in a two-way for 11th (20 points) with North Carolina Central, while the men placed 12th (seven points).
For the Hornet women, the 4x400-Meter Relay squad of Rayanna Relerford, Ke’Shaun Davis, Sabrina Burrell and Omealla Gordon tallied eight points, crossing the finish line at 3:42.60 to bring home the silver medal. This performance also marked the group’s fastest time ever, whereas the Hampton Pirates won the event with a time of 3:37.07.
DSU’s Morgan Durham, on the other hand, took home the bronze in the Javelin, recording a personal best mark of 121-09 (37.12m). After registering the second fastest time (56.09) in Friday’s preliminaries, Gordon placed fifth (54.23) in the 400-Meter Dash, posting four points for the Hornets. Relerford went on to finish seventh (55.45) in the 400-Meter Dash to add two points for Delaware State.
On the men’s side, Jonathon Jones (48.40) and Michael Cummings (6-03.25 – 1.91m) finished seventh in their respectable events to garner a combined four points for the Hornets. Jones competed in the 400-Meter Dash, while Cummings took part in the High Jump. Rounding out notable performances for the men was the group of Sharad Mackey, Jones, Alpha Mansary and Cummings finishing sixth (3:12.07) in the 4x400-Meter Relay to add three to DSU’s point total.
Last Time Out...
The squad of Rayanna Relerford, Omealla Gordon, Faleesha Dowe and Leandra Nyemeck clocked a 3:43.41 ahead of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) foes Hampton (3:43.98), Morgan State (3:45.93) and Big East opponent Georgetown (3:52.12) to win the 4x400-Meter Relay ECAC event to headline the Delaware State track & field program’s outing during the historic Penn Relays this past weekend.
This performance by the quad resulted in the fastest time for the Hornets this season, surpassing a mark of 3:50.17 set by Relerford, Dowe, Vanessa Whittingham and Gordon during last week’s Morgan State Legacy competition to finish second.
On the men’s side, the team of Kiyair Lambert, Julius Allen, Charles Wulff-Cochrane and Emanuel Hitch finished fourth in the 4x200-Meter Relay IC4A event with a time of 1:30.01. This performance by the quartet was also the fastest time of any DSU team this season, bypassing a mark of 1:37.30 set by David Morant, Elijah Agwu, Allen and Krystofer Ringgold in the Hampton Relays (April 16).
Coming Up Next…The Hornets will head to Princeton, N.J. for next weekend’s ECAC Championships.