Dover, Del. (Dec. 7) --- The Hornets opened their indoor season with three first place finishes at the UMES Cappy Anderson College Invite.

Freshman Ibrahim Bangura in his collegiate debut, placed first in the 60 meters, with a time of 7.01 seconds. Hornets freshman Keshawn Dennis finished in the top 5 as well, with a time of 7.19 seconds.

Keshawn Dennis also placed in the top 10 in the 200 meters, crossing the finish line in 23.68 seconds.

Kendall Leach placed fourth in the 400 meters. The senior finished with a recorded time of 50.97 seconds. In addition, Edwin Rosembert finished in the top 10 during the same event. The junior’s time of 51.90 seconds was good enough for sixth place.

Sophomore Keith Washington was the second Hornet to finish in first place at the invite. The sprinter from Suitland, Maryland, finished with a time of 1-minute-6.19 seconds (1:06.19). Freshman Dwayne Staats placed sixth, recording a time of 1:12.76.

Senior Gerald Amobi comes in third place in the 800 meters. The veteran crossed the finish line at 2:01.95, while fellow senior Donte Rolley-Williams’ time of 2:03.96 was good enough for sixth place.

The seniors continued to provide points for the Hornets, as Hasan Gill finished in the top ten with a time of 4:43.98 in the mile run.

The Hornets’ had two relay teams compete in the 4 x 400. Both had impressive times to debut the season. DSU’s ‘A’ team comprised of Dante Artis, Kendall Leach, Edwin Rosembert and Julian Brown finished in second place with a time of 3:24.75. While their ‘B’ team of Gerald Amobi, Donte Rolley-Williams, Keith Washington and Malachi Pankey time of 3:30.17 gave them a third-place finish.

In the ‘field’ portion of the Invite, DSU was effective as well. Senior Karim Beatty placed second in the Long Jump with 6.68 meters. Sophomore Forrest Booker’s distance of 6.32 meters with a gave him a seventh-place finish.

Freshman Elijah Mclaren was the third Hornet to finish first on Saturday. In his collegiate debut the hurdler from West Orange, New Jersey, reached 13.99 meters on his triple jump. Sophomore Forrest Booker finished second in the same event with 13.68 meters.

The Hornets had a ton of success in the triple jump, as freshman Thomas White and Karim Beatty also finished in the top ten with distances of 13.23 m and 13.10 m respectively.

Andrew Horne set a personal best 13.21 meters in the shot put. The sophomore’s performance was good enough for a top 5 finish.

Robert Duncan’s 12.83 meters in the weight throw, placed him in sixth place on the evening.

The Hornets will be idle for about a month. Their next competition will be on January 10th as they will head to New York to participate in the HBCU Battle Invitational. The invite starts at 5:00 pm.


Delaware State men's indoor track