Delaware State's track & field program will head to Landover, Md. for the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Championships. The events will begin on Thursday at 3 p.m. with the men's heptathlon, followed by the women's 5000-meter and women's long jump at 3:15 p.m. The day continues with the men's 5000-meter race and semifinals of the men's and women's 200-meter races.
Day one concludes with the men's long jump final.
The championships continue Friday, Feb. 16, 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 women’s pole vault. Running events begin at 1 p.m. with the women's mile run. Rounding out the afternoon's events will be the men’s 1600 meter at 3:45 p.m.
For the second consecutive year, ESPN3 will stream Saturday’s action live from 1-4 p.m. EST.
A Look Back
Last season’s MEAC Indoor Championships featured the Delaware State women finishing in 10th (22 points), while the men placed 12th (seven points).
For the Hornet women, freshman Chloe Franks and senior Omealla Gordon had stellar performances in the MEAC Championships, as they brought home medals for the Lady Hornets.
Franks won a silver medal in the Pole Vault, with a distance of 3.37 meters.
Gordon won a bronze medal in the women’s 400-meter race. The senior finished with a time of 56.53 seconds.
Loren Harris made a bit of Hornet’s history as well. Harris used her season and personal best long jump of 5.56 meters, to became the first Lady Hornet since 2012 to qualify for the long jump finals, she finished in fifth place.
On the men’s side, Gerald Amobi Kendall Leach, Kiyair Lambert and Cameron Burgess clocked in at 3:19.90 a fifth-place finish in the 4x400 relay, while the quartet of Cameron Burgess, Imontae Parker, Gerald Amobi, and Hasan Gill placed sixth in the men’s distance medley relay, with a time of 10:47.54
What to Watch
Sophomore Egypt Parker, ranks first in the MEAC for the shot put. Parker has a terrific chance to win the gold medal in that event.
Senior Faleesha Dowe is very likely to score some points for the Lady Hornets, and even has a chance to medal in the pentathlon. She ranks as the fifth best in the MEAC in that event. She also has an outside shot at scoring points in the high jump event, she has the 11th best recorded high jump in the MEAC this season.
Loren Harris looks to improve on her fifth-place finish from a year ago, she is a top 20 performer for the MEAC in the Long Jump this season.
Junior distance runner, Katarzyna Rosikon ranks 15th in the 5000-meter, 16th in the mile, and 20th in the 3000-meter (in the MEAC) a good performance by her can bring some extra points to the Lady Hornets overall score.
The Lady Hornets distance medley relay team ranks sixth in the MEAC, and a good performance can provide some points for DSU as well.
For the men, sophomore Adam Funkhouser has a chance to make an impact for the Hornets. He was still returning to form during last years’ championships, after suffering an injury prior to his freshman year. He failed to place in the pole vault. However, he is much healthier now and is one of the elite performers in the pole vault this season, ranking in the top five of the MEAC. A good performance can have him at the podium this weekend.
Senior Kiyair Lambert has a shot to provide some points, and possibly medal in the 60-meter hurdles, his 8.16 time that he set earlier in the season, qualified him for the IC4C (super meet), and another performance like that could give him a medal.
DSU’s distance medley relay and 4 x 400 relay teams, rank sixth and seventh in the conference respectively. They may not win a medal but they are good enough to score some points for the Hornets.
Coming Up Next
Several members of DSU’s men’s and women’s track and field program, qualified for the IC4A/ECAC Championships. The “super conference” meet is from March 2-4, at Boston University.