|MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS
MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY MEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS
Gbai, Howard Track & Field Contend at the VMI Winter Relays
Sophomore runner breaks school mark in 200-meter dash
(Photo Credit – Megan Raymond)
Derek W. Bryant
LEXINGTON, Va. (February 9, 2019) – Howard University men’s & women’s track & field squads took part in the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Winter Relays where they contend in several events. The two-day meet was held at the Corps Physical Training Facility in Lexington, Va.
Second-year runner Jessika Gbai (Philadelphia) headlined the weekend by winning the women’s 200-meter dash with a new school record (24.32). As a result, Gbai owns the school’s indoor and outdoor records in the event.
Junior Uchechi Onuoha (Yardly, Pa.) dominated the 60-meter hurdles, placing first overall with an 8.80 mark in the finals.
Newcomer Kennedy Lewis (Atlanta) finished second in the women’s 60-meter dash, clocking in at 7.70.
Sophomore Destiny Stanford (Woolwhich Township, N.J.) took ninth (5:13.16) in the mile run while junior Sydney Benson (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) claimed fourth in the 500-meter run.
In the field, second-year jumper Rachel Edler (Stone Mountain, Ga.) placed runner-up in the women’s triple jump (11.89m; 39’0”).
On the men’s side, freshman Corintheans Payne (Apopka, Fla.) became the latest Bison to reach the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Championships. The Florida product took ninth in the 200-meter dash, running a qualified time of 22.27.
Payne, alongside seniors Kenneth Chigbue (Bowie, Md.) and Korey Lombard (Antioch, Calif.) and freshman Aariq Nixon (Baltimore), ran a season-best in the men’s 4x400 relay (3:19.28). With their efforts, the four Bison qualified for the IC4A Indoor Championships in Boston.
Individually, Nixon also competed in the 800-meter run where he placed third overall (1:55.73) while fellow classmate Ashton Daniel reached the men’s 60-meter hurdles and finished sixth (8.41).
To view the 2019 VMI Winter Relays results, please click here.
On Feb. 21-23, Howard travels to nearby Landover, Md. for the 2019 MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. The three-day event takes place at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
Vernon Listed to D1 Baseball 2020 Top 150 Prospect List Jonathan
DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University sophomore Austin Vernon (Raleigh, N.C.) has been named to D1 Baseball’s 2020 College Top 150 Prospect list, the publication announced on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Vernon made 19 appearances with two starts in his freshman season, and tallied 20.0 innings with 16 strikeouts. He’ll return to the bullpen with his high velocity fastball in the 2019 campaign.
“It’s a nice recognition towards Austin’s potential and the improvements he’s made,” NCCU baseball head coach Jim Koerner said. “We’re looking forward to seeing a productive spring from him.”
Vernon is the only student-athlete from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on the list, which is headlined by Casey Martin from Arkansas. To view the full list, visitD1Baseball.com.
NCCU will open the 2019 season at home against Canisius on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Durham Athletic Park at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.
NCCU Opens Season with 7-3 Win over Southern
ZACHARY, La. — Freshman catcher Madison Mifsud went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in her collegiate debut to spark the North Carolina Central University softball team to a 7-3 victory over host Southern University in the opening game of the Chef Celeste Bistro Softball Challenge at the Zackary Youth Park Friday morning.
The Lady Eagles scored four runs in the first inning and never trailed to start their season with a win for the first time since 2011. NCCU (1-0) also added a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings to prevail by four runs.
Mifsud highlighted the early run production for the Lady Eagles with a two-run single in the opening frame. She added two more base hits before being retired for the first time in her final plate appearance.
The maroon and gray outhit the Jaguars 9-6, including doubles off the bats of freshman first baseman Oliva Daniel, junior third baseman Dalika Wallace and sophomore outfielder Jessica Powell. All three of those doubles led to runs.
Daniel had the only other RBI for the Lady Eagles as three of NCCU’s seven runs were unearned due to three errors by Southern. Daniel and junior Tamiera Sanchez both collected a pair of hits for the victors.
Sophomore pitcher Kiara Hurley (1-0) secured a complete-game victory in her first appearance with the Lady Eagles. The transfer from Eastern Michigan University only surrendered two earned runs in seven innings of work while striking out six Jaguars.
Southern (0-1) pulled to within one, 4-3, after scoring all three of its runs in the bottom of the third. Freshman Paytin Mercado had two of the Jaguars’ six hits, including a two-run double. Junior Aubrion James (0-1) – a Preseason All-SWAC selection – was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (four earned) on nine hits over seven complete innings.
NCCU continues play in the Chef Celeste Bistro Softball Challenge on Friday with a 4 p.m. match-up against Alabama State University.
NC Central 7, Southern 3 (Feb 08, 2019 at Zachary, La.)
NC Central.......... 401 110 0 - 7 9 1 (1-0)
Southern............ 003 000 0 - 3 6 3 (0-1)
Pitchers: NC Central - HURLEY,Kiara and MIFSUD,Madison. Southern - A. James and J. Kruebbe.
Win-HURLEY,Kiara(1-0) Loss-A. James(0-1) T-2:15 A-75
Weather: sunny 50
|Rams Shut Down Clark Atlanta for 9-1 Five-Inning
Win at HBCU DII Tournament
Robinson holds Panthers to just three hits in win
|PIRATES FALL IN SHOOTOUT AT WINTHROP
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Junior Jermaine Marrow recorded his sixth 30-point game of the year with 32 points and senior Kalin Fisher added a season-high 29 as Hampton dropped a 101-91 decision at Winthrop on Saturday afternoon.
Jumpers by Marrow and Trevond Barnes gave Hampton a 10-6 lead with 16:57 left in the first half. Winthrop responded with an 11-2 run to lead 17-12 on a Charles Falden 3-pointer with 13:07 left. The advantage grew to 36-24 on an AustinAwad 3-ball at the 7:43 mark but Hampton got as close as four the rest of the first half as Marrow drained a 3-ball with 62 seconds left for a 47-43 halftime margin.
In the second half, an early dunk by Barnes got them to 47-45 at the 18:50 mark but that momentum was stifled as the Eagles went on a run to lead 61-50 on a pair of Nych Smith free throws with 13:54 left. A jumper by Akim Mitchell trimmedit to 61-52 11 seconds later, but that was as close as they got the rest of the game.
Along with his 32 points, Marrow was the leading rebounder for Hampton with five as the Pirates were outrebounded 48-29. Barnes was the other double figure scorer for Hampton with 11.
The Pirates now go to Campbell on Wednesday night for a 7pm tip in Buies Creek, N.C.
For more information on Hampton University men’s basketball, visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
|Rams Hold Off Claflin for 67-59 Road Win
WSSU hits clutch free throws late to claim victory
Trevin Q. Goodwin
ORANGEBURG, SC - The Winston-Salem State Rams (13-9, 9-4 CIAA) played some tough defense and hit some key free throws on their way to a 67-59 win over the Claflin Panthers (12-12, 8-8 CIAA), Thursday evening. The Rams held the lead for most of the game, but they neededto play some tough defense to keep the feisty Panthers at bay and to claim the win.
Winston-Salem State played some tough defense and a balanced offensive attack to claim the win. As a team, the Rams held the Panthers to shooting just 36.5% (23-of-63) from the floor while shooting a solid38.3% (18-of-47) from the floor in the game. Freshman guard Amaya Tucker led four WSSU players in double-digit scoring with 19 points in the game. Fellow freshman guard Hailey Gipson added a career-high 16 points while freshman forward Kyree Hall added 11points with eight rebounds and senior forward Brionna Pate rounded out the effort with a double-double 10 points and 14 rebounds.
The Rams took control of the game early in the first quarter, but they had to fend off a tough effort by the Panthers. After allowing the Panthers stay close for much of the quarter, the Rams pulled way 20-15after a pair of free throws from freshman forward Kyree Hall with 00:32 left in the quarter. However, the Rams allowed the Panthers to close the quarter with a score to stay ahead, 20-17.
The second quarter had a similar look as the Rams were slow to get started, but pulled away midway through the quarter before allowing the Panthers to go on another late surge to keep the game close. TheRams’ biggest lead of the quarter came when freshman guard Hailey Gipson hit a lay-up with 3:46 left in the half to go ahead, 32-23. However, the Rams went scoreless for the remainder of the quarter and had to fend off a late run by the Panthers to take a32-30 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The third quarter was the most competitive of the game. The Rams were outscored 14-13 in the quarter, but they were able to hold on to their overall lead in the game. After pushing their lead to eight points,38-30 after a Gipson free throw with 7:58 left in the quarter, the Rams ran into some struggles as Claflin made a fierce comeback effort. The Rams allowed the Panthers to go on a 10-2 run to tie the game, 40-40 before junior guard Taylor Daniels hit a critical jumper with 2:39 left in the quarter to break the tie. Both teams would go on the offensive attack in the final minutes of the quarter, but the Rams held on to take a 45-44 lead into the fourth quarter.
With the victory within reach, the Rams picked up their effort s to claim the win as they outscored the Panthers, 22-13 en route to the win. The Rams opened the quarter with a 6-1 run to take a 51-46 lead with 7:58 left to play after a Pate lay-up. From there, the Rams never looked back. The team allowed Claflin to pull to within three points, but they never relinquished the lead. In the final minutes, the Rams hit several key free throws as the Claflin defense held the Rams without many final goals during the span. In the end, it was the Rams who came up with the victory.
With the win, the Rams improve to 13-9 overall and 9-4 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team also improves to 6-1 in CIAA Southern Division play to remain in a tie for first place. The Rams will return to action, Saturday when the team hosts the Saint Augustine’s Falcons in a 2:00 p.m. game. For more information on Rams women’s basketball, log on to www.WSSURams.com.