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 2 p.m. with the men's heptathlon, followed by the women's 5000-meter and women's long jump at 2:15 p.m. The day continues with the men's 5000-meter race and the 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. 22, 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.
FloTrack will provide LIVE coverage (final day track events only) of the 2019 MEAC Indoor Championships.
A Look Back
The Delaware State women’s team finished in 9th place (16 points) and the men finished in 12th place (8 points).
For the women’s team senior Faleesha Dowe won a bronze medal in the Pentathlon with a career high of 3394 points in the event. Her bronze medal performance gave the Lady Hornets program six points towards their total score.
Faleesha Dowe also scored an additional point for the team in the Long Jump, finishing in eighth-place with a distance of 5.54 meters.
Egypt Parker also made it to the podium. Parker was awarded a bronze medal after her performance in the Shot Put. The sophomore finished with a throw of 14.19 meters. Her performance also scored six points for the Lady Hornets.
In addition, Victoria Wilson added one point for DSU with an eighth-place finish in the shot put. The senior recorded a mark of 12.84 meters.
Delaware State scored two points in the Distance Medley Relay. The quartet of Sylvia Okafor, Cydney Davis, Janae Pitt, and Katarzyna crossed the finish line in 12-minutes-47.20 seconds for a seventh-place finish.
On the men’s side Adam Funkhouser won a silver medal in the Pole Vault, he reached a height of 4.27 meters, a new career high. His silver medal performance scored seven of the eight total points for the Hornets.
The quartet of Kiyair Lambert, Kendall Leach, Gerald Amobi, and Kavante Dawson scored the other point for DSU. They finished with a time of 3-minutes-20.60 seconds in the 4 x 400 relay for an eighth-place finish. Their performance qualified them for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) championships.
What to Watch
The Lady Hornets distance medley relay team ranks third in the MEAC, they have a terrific chance of winning a medal and provide solid points to the team’s overall score.
Junior Precious Igwebuike, ranks fourth in the MEAC for the Pentathlon, and she has a good chance to medal in the event. She also qualified for the Long Jump and maybe able to finish in the top ten to get a few more points for the Lady Hornets.
Senior distance runner, Katarzyna Rosikon ranks 14th in the 5000-meter, 18th in the mile, and 19th in the 3000-meter (in the MEAC) a good performance by her can bring some extra points to the Lady Hornets overall score.
On the men’s side Robert Duncan enters the Championships ranked fifth in the conference in the weight throw, but it would not shock anyone if he performed good enough to get a gold medal.
Tre Johnson is fourth in the MEAC in the triple jump, look for him to have a shot at medaling in the event. Elijah McLaren ranks ninth and has a chance to score a couple of points for the Hornets, if he can finish in the top ten. The same goes for Forrest Booker he ranks just outside the top ten for the triple jump.
The 4 x 400 relay team clocked in as the seventh fastest relay team in the MEAC, but only a few seconds separate them from a chance at finishing within the top. A good performance from the relay team will have huge implications on where the Hornets rank after the Championships end.
The same goes for the performance of the Distance Medlay Relay, they have the sixth fastest time heading into the Championships, but it will be a lot harder for them to move up the standings, the Hornets may tinker with there relay team in hopes of running a faster time.
Kavante Dawson ranks ninth in the 60 meter hurdles and has an opportunity to score a few points, if he records a top ten time.
Roderick Brown is 10th in the Long Jump it’s imperative for him to have his best performance to stay there or improve on his position and help the Hornets receive some unexpected points for their overall team score.
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 1-3, at Boston University.