(Greensboro, N.C.) – Saturday afternoon, the Delaware State track & field program wrapped up the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Championships, with the women finishing in a tie for 10th place (22 points) with North Carolina Central, whereas the men placed 12th with five points.

Coming out on top on the women’s side for the second consecutive season were the Florida A&M Rattlers, tallying 164 points to garner their 11th overall title.  Leading the way for the Rattlers was Andrea Aaron, who was received Outstanding Field Athlete honors, thanks to totaling 29 points.  For the men, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats registered their third straight conference outdoor championship with 151 points.

In the case of the Hornets, the 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, this performance followed up a first-place outing (3:43.41) in last week’s Penn Relays, which included edging out Hampton (3:43.98), Morgan State (3:45.93) and Georgetown (3:52.12).

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.

Coming up, the Columbia Blue & Red will turn their attentions to next weekend’s ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J.
Delaware State women's outdoor track