NCCU Wins Six Events at JDL College Kick-off T&F Meet  Kyle Serba

(Attached: archive photo of Kenydi McWilliams by Kevin Dorsey from 2018 MEAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University captured 24 top-5 finishes, including six event victories, to begin the 2019 segment of the indoor track & field season at the JDL January College Kick-off on Sunday.

NCCU sophomores Kenydi McWilliams and Marvin Jones achieved personal records on their way to event wins. McWilliams triumphed in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.91 seconds, while Jones leaped 2.09 meters (6-10.25) to top the field in the men’s high jump.

Senior Bethany White was the first to cross the finish line in the women’s 60m dash (7.52), marking the eighth individual event victory during her standout college career.

Freshman Olivia Andrews, who won the 400m dash in her first indoor college meet in December, also ran to victory in Sunday’s 400m dash (58.47).

Sophomore Gordon Lewis celebrated two victories on Sunday. He won the men's 400m dash (49.04) and ran the anchor leg of the men's 4x400m relay (3:25.32), joining Da'MonIngram, Joshua McLean and Isaiah Smith in the win.

NCCU runner-ups were senior Kiana Seabrook in the women’s 400m dash (58.60), sophomore Taelor Ferguson in the women’s triple jump (11.46m/37-7.25), sophomore Malik Milesin the men's 200m dash (22.36), freshman Anthony Williams in the men’s 1,000m run (2:44.74), and junior Omega Smalls in the men’s high jump (2.01m/6-7.0).

NCCU indoor track & field teams return to action on Jan. 25-26 at the Christopher Newport University Captains Invitational inside the Freeman Center in Newport News, Virginia.

NCCU Top-5 Finishers at JDL College Kickoff (Jan. 13, 2019)

Women's 60-meter dash (Finals)

Bethany White (1st) 7.52

Tyresha Alexander (4th) 7.82

Women's 400-meter dash

Olivia Andrews (1st) 58.47

Kiana Seabrook (2nd) 58.60

Women's 600-meter run

Cajazzalyn Hairston-Waller (4th) 1:47.68

Women's 1-mile run

Ashley Jean-Raymond (5th) 5:38.13

Women's 60-meter hurdles

Kenydi McWilliams (1st) 8.91

Nateja Hale (5th) 9.16

Women's Long Jump

Zinzili Kelley (3rd) 5.40m/17' 8.75"

Bhrandi Crenshaw (4th) 5.37m/17' 7.5"

Women's Triple Jump

Taelor Ferguson (2nd) 11.46m/37' 7.25"

Keila Robertson (3rd) 11.33m/37' 2.25"

Men's 200-meter dash

Malik Miles (2nd) 22.36

Joshua Polk (3rd) 22.44

Men's 400-meter dash

Gordon Lewis (1st) 49.04

Men's 1000-meter run

Anthony Williams (2nd) 2:44.74

Kazelee Johnson (3rd) 2:49.16

Men's 3000-meter run

Ashton Drake (4th) 9:36.54

Men's 60-meter hurdles (Finals)

Brian Dennis (4th) 8.51

Men's 4x400-meter relay

NCCU (1st) 3:25.32 (Da'Mon Ingram, Joshua McLean, Isaiah Smith, Gordon Lewis)

Men's 4x800-meter relay

NCCU (3rd) 8:14.79 (Joshua McLean, Anthony Williams, Kazelee Johnson, Jahmon Allen)

Men's High Jump

Marvin Jones (1st) 2.09m/6' 10.25"

Omega Smalls (2nd) 2.01m/6' 7.0"

Men's Long Jump

Colby Gibson (4th) 6.92m/22' 8.5"

Howard Women’s Track & Field Momentum Continues in New York
Several Bison put on a show in the Big Apple

(Photo Credit – Megan Raymond)

Derek W. Bryant

NEW YORK & STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (January 12, 2019) – Howard University Women’s Track & Field team rode its momentum into the weekend with a pair of meets at the HBCU Battle and Great Dane Classic, hosted by Albany.

Several Bison put on a show in the Big Apple, led by sophomore Jessika Gbai (Philadelphia) and newcomer Kennedy Lewis (Atlanta).

At the HBCU Battle, Gbai and Lewis placed first and second, respectively, in the women’s 200-meter dash. Gbai won the race with a 24.76 mark while Lewis finished with a 25.14 time. With Lewis’ efforts, she joined Gbai and qualified for the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Championships in Landover, Md.

Both Bison also completed in the 60-meter dash where Gbai took second overall (7.68) and Lewis clocked in at 7.72. Both were personal bests and good enough for the 2019 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Championships in Boston.

Friday also saw sophomore Destiny Stanford (Woolwhich Township, N.J.) win the mile run, recording a 5:20.47 mark.

Freshman Jessica Wright (Durham, N.C.) placed second in the women’s 400-meter dash with a new personal best (58.45). Currently, Wright has the fastest time of any Bison this season in that event.

Third-year runner Uchechi Onuoha (Yardly, Pa.) claimed third in the 60-meter hurdles after an 8.80 time.

In the women’s 4x400 relay, Onuoha, Wright, senior Aliyah Hale (Los Angeles) and newcomer Makenli Raspberry (Houston) finished second overall after producing the fastest time of any team thisseason (3:54.41).

In the field, sophomore jumper Rachel Edler (Stone Mountain, Ga.) won the women’s triple jump with a 11.87m (38’9”) mark.

Saturday, Gbai earned third in the 200-meter dash after running a season-best (24.59).

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Friday (Jan. 18), Howard returns to the Empire State for the New York City Gotham Cup in Staten Island, N.Y. The action starts 2 p.m.

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Shittu’s jump highlights Track weekend in NYC

Team places sixth at HBCU Battle

Matt Mccann

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland - With her final jump at the Armory last Friday (Jan. 11), University of Maryland Eastern Shore freshman Atinuke Shittu (Germantown, Maryland) became the first Hawk to punch her ticket to the IC4A/ECAC Championships. Overall the team placed sixth at the HBCU Battle in Manhattan before competing in Saturday’s (Jan. 12) Great Dane Classic, where there was no team scoring.

Shittu finished her jumping run with a distance of 11.60 meters to place second, earning eight points for the Hawks. She steadily increased her jump, achieving the mark in jump number six. The distance is also good for a qualification to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships in February. The IC4A/ECAC Championship will be held in Boston in early March.

Several Hawks earned top ten placements at the HBCU Battle as well. Sophomore Shemar Parker (Wilmington, Delaware) and freshman Mercy Chemutai (Eldoret, Kenya) finished with runner up performances. Parker completed a mark of 3.80 meters in the pole vault and will join Shittu at MEAC’s. Chemutai earned a time of 11:20.08 in the 3K, finishing 20 seconds shy of the conference qualifying standard.

Junior John Akakeya (Staten Island, New York) took home third in the men’s mile while freshman Joshua Goslee (Salisbury, Maryland) finished right behind Parker in the pole vault. Sophomore Jessica Roney (Windsor Mill, Maryland) joins the men’s duo as a top five finisher thanks to a fifth place showing in the 500 meter run.

Four of The Shore’s top ten marks came from the men’s throwers. Freshman Nasir Neal-Watson (Salisbury, Maryland) was responsible for two of them with a seventh place effort in the shot put and eighth in the weight throw. Junior Tamunoibi Dabipi (Salisbury, Maryland) finished sixth in the weight throw and sophomore Kyle Nottage (Waldorf, Maryland) placed ninth in the shot put.

Additional top ten finishers were freshmen Janiela Francis (Kingston, Jamaica), Tremaine Brown (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Nikyia Wooten (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Jelisa Lovett (Iselin, New Jersey) and Ashley Woolfork (Salisbury, Maryland).

On Saturday, the Hawks added a ninth place finish at the Great Dane Classic. The men’s 4x400 relay team made up of freshman Omar Rogers (Brooklyn, New York), sophomore Janoi Brown (Randallstown, Maryland), Tremaine Brown and sophomore Ngoy Yamitshi (Germantown, Maryland) ran the race in 3:27.53.

Maryland Eastern Shore will return to the track in two weeks with a meet at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Hampton Saturday Recaps

James Heath

HAMPTON, Va. -- Making his first Hampton University start, Dondre Griffin paced five in double figures with 19 points as Hampton defeated UNC Asheville 83-61 on Saturday afternoon.

Griffin was 7-of-8 from the floor and 5-of-6 from 3-point land for his season high 19 points. His 5-of-6 performance from 3-point land ties the fourth best single-game percentage in school history with a minimum of five attempts.

Hampton opened the game on a 14-5 run as a Jermaine Marrow bucket put the hosts up nine at the 14:20 mark. The Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 14-10 on a 4-pointer from Cody Jude with 12:21 left. A big 19-4 run started following thatbucket for Hampton as jumpers by Ricquall Smoot and Ben Stanley closed the run and gave Hampton a 33-14 lead with 6:50 remaining in the half.

The first half lead would grow to 26 points twice as an Akim Mitchell layup off a feed from Pierre Sow with 40 seconds left helped give Hampton a 49-25 halftime lead.

In the second half Hampton used a 12-3 spurt to push the lead to its largest on the night at 79-49 on a pair of Lysander Bracey free throws with 5:40 left.

Joining Griffin in double figures were Marrow with a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists, Mitchell with 16 points and five boards, Kalin Fisher with 10 points, seven assists and five steals and Bracey with 10 points.

Hampton hit 29-of-56 from the floor (51.8%) and 12-of-22 from 3-point land (54.5%) to go with a 13-of-17 showing at the foul line (76.5%).

DeVon Baker topped three in double figures for UNC Asheville with 13 points, while Jude and Cress Worthy had 10 points apiece.

Hampton now hits the road to tangle with Presbyterian on Wednesday night

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· Griffin topped his previous season high of 14 against Regent in December.

· Marrow was one off his career high in assists set last year against Mid-Atlantic Christian

· With his 10 assists, he’s now one behind Isaac Jefferson for sixth place on the all-time assists list.

· His 16 points now puts him at 1,510 career points and remains in 12th place on the all-time list now 46 points behind Rashad West (2004-08) and 72 from Tommy Adams (1998-2002) to get into the top ten.


NORFOLK, Va. – The Hampton University women’s tennis team opened its 2019 season on Saturday afternoon dropping a 6-1 decision to Temple in a match held at Old Dominion University.

Winning for Hampton was Yulia Kapitanova at number one singles as she won 6-4, 7-6 over Oleksandra Doroshenko. Haley Mullins at line four singles lost 6-3, 6-3 for the other close match in singles.

The doubles tandems of Kapitanova and Viktoria Ljungman along with Cherise Slocombe and Julia d’Auvergne lost 6-2 sets at the top two doubles spots.

Hampton returns to the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon for a 1pm start against nationally-ranked Old Dominion University.

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Hampton University women’s indoor track and field team opened the 2019 portion of their schedule on Friday night with capturing the HBCU Battle held at The Armory.

Hampton amassed 149 points to outdistance Howard (133) and Morgan State (130.5) out of a field of 12 teams.

The Lady Pirates had five first place finishes as Zuri Rashad took the 3000 meters (11:15.94), Mallory Pitchford won the 60 hurdles (8.59), Jaelen Leonard won the long jump (18-7.75), Ayana Culhane took the shot put (44-11.75) and CorneishaMitchell won the weight throw (52-8.25).

Sophomore Isis Brooks was third in the 60 meters (7.70) and the 200 meters (25.27). Rashad also had a pair of top four finishes by taking fourth in the mile (5:37.79) to go with her winning the 3000.

Hampton was boosted by a pair of events where they garnered 24 points in the 60 hurdles and shot put. The hurdles saw Hampton go 1-2-5-7 as Kylie Mcmillan took second (8.65), Autumn Smith was fifth (8.99) and Faith McMillan was seventh(9.15) behind Pitchford. In the shot put, Culhane won with Kiyanna Thomas coming in second (42-10.25) and Mitchell was third (41-1).

On Saturday, they competed in the Great Dane Classic held at the University of Albany where Pitchford took second in the 60 meters (7.58), Isis Brooks took fifth in the 200 meters (25.01) and Faith McMillan was eighth in the 60 hurdles(9.49) to highlight the finalists.

They’ll next compete at the VMI Invite on January 18-19.

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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Hampton University men’s indoor track and field team opened the 2019 portion of their schedule on Friday night by capturing the HBCU Battle held at The Armory.

Hampton scored 112 points to outgain Morgan State (90) and Bowie State along with Coppin State who tied for third with 51 points out of a 13-team field.

The Pirates garnered seven first place finishes in the meet with Brenan Garrett taking the 60 meters (6.80), Jaelen Williams winning the 400 meters (48.44), Tayvon Burris winning the 800 (1:52.65), Nicholas Edwards in the shot put (50-2.5),Joshua Hunter in the weight throw (56-1.75) and the 4x400 meters relay group of Garrett, Jerrick Powell, Burris and Williams in 3:21.05.

Like the women’s team, the men had several events where they garnered a group of points getting 14 in the 60 hurdles, 15 in the 400 meters, 18 in the weight throw and 800 meters along with 11 in the shot put.

In the 60 hurdles, Charles Graham took fourth (8.11), Dylan Beard was fifth (8.16), Williams was sixth (8.21) and Powell was seventh (8.30). Hunter joined Edwards in the shot put finishing eighth with a toss of 43-3.75, while Edwardstook second in the weight throw with a toss of 50-9.25. Geoffrey McCullough took second in the 800 (1:55.24) and Powell was fourth in the 400 (49.04).

They also competed in the Great Dane Classic at the University of Albany where they repeated the group finish in the 60 hurdles as Graham took third (7.98), Bears was fourth (8.07) and Powell took eighth (8.31). In the 400 meters DerrickPrice was ninth in 50.32.

They’ll next compete at the VMI Invite on January 18-19.

For more information on Hampton University women’s track and field, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5906 or visit the official Pirates website at

Jim Heath