ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The Hampton Track and Field programs entered the
outdoor seasons with targets on them after both teams won their
first Big South titles in February. Those targets may have grown now
as both teams took their first outdoor crowns on Friday night at
The Lady Pirates scored 206.5 points to win the crown over High
Point (194) and Campbell (105). They entered the last two races with
a commanding 41.5 point lead and cruised to a repeat of its indoor
The men came from 35 points down heading into Fridayís competition
to win their first outdoor crown with 188.5 points as Campbell took
second (181) and Charleston Southern took third (145). Heading into
the last day of the indoor meet,Hampton was 36 points out of first
and rallied for that crown.
Head Coach Maurice Pierce won Coach of the Year honors for both the
men and women, while Coby Price took Freshman of the Year honors for
the men. Representing Hampton on the All-Academic teams were Trey
Clark and Ayana Culhane.
This marks the second time in school history that the track teams
pulled the ďdouble sweepĒ as both teams won the 2003 MEAC Indoor
Crowns and the 2004 MEAC Outdoor Crowns.
Friday event highlights
Corneisha Mitchell was fifth in the hammer with a toss of 166-3 and
Ayana Culhane was seventh with a throw of 159-1 as Hampton scored a
total of five points.
Womenís Triple Jump
Kameryn Trussell scored one point with an eighth place finish with a
leap of 37-5.75.
Womenís 4x100 relay
The group of Autumn Smith, Asha Copeland, Isis Brooks and Mallory
Pitchford ran a 44.81 to win the 4x100 relay for 10 team points. The
time was .01 off the Big South Conference meet record set last year
Womenís 100 meter hurdles
Hampton started to make up points going 1-3-4-7 in the 100 meter
hurdles for 23 points. Autumn Smith won the title with a 13.64 with
Mallory Pitchford in third (13.97), Kylie Mcmillan in fourth (14.06)
and Kaitlin Scott in seventh (14.35).
Womenís 400 meters
Another event where Hampton gained points with a 1-3-6 finish for 19
points. Jaelan Leonard won the race in 54.65 with Sashana Hinds in
third (55.17) and Smith in sixth (56.31).
Womenís 100 meters
Hampton totaled 17 points in this event with a 2-4-5 finish. Isis
Brooks finished second in 11.64, with Mallory Pitchford in fourth
(11.78) and Asha Copeland in fifth (11.91).
Womenís 800 meters
DeVonya Brown took seventh in this race in 2:19.83 for two team
Womenís 400 meter hurdles
Hampton scored 11 points with Autumn Smith taking the title in 59.53
and Crystal Eley finished eighth in 1:03.88.
Womenís 200 meters
Hampton scored another 17 points with a second 2-4-5 finish. Isis
Brooks came in second in 23.93. with Asha Copeland in fourth (24.33)
and Jaelan Leonard in fifth (24.70).
Womenís 4x400 relay
The 4x400 relay team finished fifth in 3:54.47 for four points
behind Sashana Hinds, Shakeira Johnson, Kylie Mcmilan and Alysha
Menís High Jump
Hampton scored 6.5 points as Jerrick Powell was fifth with a leap of
6-2.25, while Jaelen Williams and Jordan Walker were tied for
seventh with a leap of 6-0.5
Joshua Hunter took fifth for four points with a toss of 162-7.
Menís Triple Jump
Jerrick Powell took seventh for two points with a leap of 44-6.25.
Menís 4x100 relay
Hampton scored six points with a third place finish in 41.18 behind
Brenan Garrett, Coby Price, Douglas Sessoms and Joshua Hagins.
Menís 110 hurdles
The Pirates started their comeback with a 1-2-3-7 finish for 26
points. Charles Graham won the race in 14.29, with Jaelen Williams
in second (14.30) and Dylan Beard in third (14.53). Isaiah Norris
came in seventh in 15.23 to round out Hampton's contingent.
Hampton went 1-2-7 for 20 points in this event as Jerrick Powell won
in 47.26 and Derrick Price was second in (47.57) while Khalil Gary
was seventh in 49.61.
Douglas Sessoms was sixth for three points in the 100 meters running
Hampton went 1-2 for 18 points as Tayvon Burris ran 1:51.25 to win
it and Geoffrey McCullough took second in 1:51.71.
Menís 400 hurdles
After breaking the meet record in the preliminaries, Jaelen Williams
broke it again to win the race in 50.80. Khalil Gary was eighth in
57.97 to give Hampton 11 points.
Pulling their second 1-2-3 finish on Friday, the Pirates scored 24
points in the 200 behind a 21.33 from Derrick Price to win the
event. Douglas Sessoms was second (21.56) and Jerrick Powell was
third (21.62) as the Pirates gained control of the team standings
heading into the final two events.
Menís 4x400 relay
After not scoring in the 5000 meters, the Pirates locked up the
crown winning the 4x400 relay in 3:12.44 behind Jerrick Powell, Coby
Price, Tayvon Burris and Jaelen Williams.
Both teams are now off for two weeks until the NCAA East Regional's
in Jacksonville, Florida.
For more information on Hampton University track and field teams
visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
|Howard Softball Steps Closer to MEAC Title Game with Win Over
North Carolina Central
Bison meet Rattlers with berth to the MEAC title game on the line
(Photo Credit Ė MEAC Media Relations)
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. (May 10, 2019) Ė For the second time in three
days, redshirt senior Mackenzi Steele (Winchester, Va.) tossed a
complete-game shutout win to down the North Carolina Central (NCCU)
Lady Eagles, 7-0,at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)
Softball Championships. With the victory, HU eliminated NCCU and
stepped closer to a berth in the conference title game.
Steele earned her 13th win of the year after throwing seven
scoreless innings while striking out four Lady Eagles.
At the plate, Howard produced seven runs on 10 hits, led by junior
Kamryn Tillman (Snellville, Ga.) and freshmen Kalita Dennis (Elk
Grove, Calif.) and Camille Navarro (Los Angeles) recording two hits
Dennis set the tone for HU, drilling a solo shot to left center and
giving the Bison an early 1-0 lead.
Top second, newcomer Rajaa Wilcox (Drexel Hill, Pa.) delivered an
RBI-single to left center to bring home Tillman, 2-0.
Next inning, Howard doubled its advantage with Navarro and sophomore
Breanna Robinson (Buena Park, Calif.) each driving in a run, 4-0.
HU added three more runs in the seventh to put the contest out of
North Carolina Central (23-26) saw its season come to an end with
both tourney losses coming against Howard.
HU (19-28) takes on Florida A&M with a berth to the conference title
game on the line. First-pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Ormond
Beach Sports Complex.
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at
|Eagles Ignite Scoreboard on Senior Day against
Attached photo courtesy of NCCU Sports Information
DURHAM, N.C. Ė North Carolina Central University sent 21 men to the
plate and batted around twice in the first two innings, and batted
around a third time to defeat Norfolk State. 18-5 on Senior Day on
Friday, May 10 at the Durham Athletic Park.
NCCU(20-28) reached a new season-high in scoring with those 18 runs,
surpassing the 15 scored at Bethune-Cookman on March 5 in a 15-5
win, and also secured a fourth consecutive season with 20 wins.
The Eagles got going early as they sent 10 men to the plate and
scored six runs on six hits, including an RBI double from Caleb
Coyle (Wake Forest, N.C.) and a two-RBI single from Bryceson
Hernandez (Cary, N.C.). NCCU kept rolling in the second frame as it
brought 11 batters to the dish to score six more runs with an RBI
single from Vinny Bailey (Raleigh, N.C.) and by capitalizing on
defensive miscues from NSU (22-23), sending the home side ahead 12-2
after the first two innings.
The Spartans didnít go away quietly as they amassed six extra base
hits, including a solo home run from Caleb Ward (Hampton, Va.) in
the top of the sixth inning, but shortly after that the Eagles
batted around once more in the bottom of the seventh.
NCCU took 12 turns at the plate this time around, and once again
scored six runs with help from a two-RBI single from Carter Williams
(Brown Summit, N.C.) as he knocked three hits to reach 196 career
Senior Andrew King (Greensboro, N.C.) got the call for his first
career start and was the pitcher of record in his second win of the
year and his career. Chris Kernen (Greensboro,N.C.) stepped in from
the bullpen to make an appearance in his senior day, and he tossed
six strong innings with three strikeouts and no walks. Ryan Decker
(Fletcher, N.C.) came in to pitch the final out of the contest and
he finished the game with a strikeout in just three pitches as he
made his 29th appearance of the year to set a new modern era
single-season record at NCCU.
Williams was one of four Eagles to pick up three hits, and he added
three RBI to his line as well. Hernandez picked up three hits and
three RBI as well, and Nick Fajardo (Durham, N.C.) had a trio of
hits with two walks. Vinny Bailey (Raleigh, N.C.) was the fourth
Eagle with three knocks, and he collected two RBI. Both Coyle and
Josh Brammell (Harrison City, Pa.) picked up two hits, and Coyle
finished with three RBI on his senior day.
The Eagles are scheduled to finish the season on Saturday, May 11
at 6:00 p.m. against Norfolk State at the Durham Athletic Park.
Admission is free.