|Howard Track & Field Run Ends at the NCAA East Prelims
4x400 relay squad competes, but fall short
(Photo Credit – Tim Rice)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 25, 2019) – Howard University track & field wrapped up its 2019 outdoor season on Day Three of the NCAA East Prelims with the women’s 4x400 relay.
“We're a bit disappointed that we were unable to progress to the semifinal round for a second year in a row,” said Howard Director of Track & Field David Oliver. “It's been nearly a decade since Howard has had someone make it to that point. We will come back strong in the fall with preparations to get beyond this round in 2020.”
In the nightcap, juniors Sydney Benson (Gross Pointe Woods, Mich.) and Oluchi Ike (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and sophomores Jessika Gbai (Philadelphia) and Ozioma Scott (Georgetown, Guyana) recorded their third-best finish on the year (3:38.95) but fell short of reaching Austin.
“Ozi [Ozioma Scott] ran a great first leg and had us in a great position,” Director Oliver stated. “We had a botched handoff and things fell apart afterward, [but] they did a great job getting to this point.”
Despite the results, the four Bison ended the 2019 outdoor campaign with two first-place finishes while earning All-MEAC honors at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships.
“This is the first time Howard has had a 4x400 [relay team] make it to this point,” Director Oliver continued. “All the ladies that comprised this group will return next season. This was a great learning experience at the least.”
In his second season at the helm, Director Oliver has guided six Bison to the NCAA East Preliminary Round, including four this year, which doubled last year’s qualifiers.
“Our women saw a 22-point increase over last year as well as increased our participation at the National Championships from two events to four,” Director Oliver commented. “I'm excited for the future and I feel like we are definitely a program on the rise. Our student-athletes represent Howard University extremely well on and off the track.”
On the men’s side, Howard witnessed several young Bison emerge throughout the year, including rising sophomores Jermaine Byrd (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Aariq Nixon (Baltimore) and reigning MEAC javelin champion Mekhi Abbott (Monroe, N.J.).
“I would call our second season as a staff a success,” Director Oliver expressed. “[The] men improved from one-point and a dead last finish at the conference [outdoor] meet a year ago to 32points and finishing 7th [out] of 12. We've got a young squad returning [with] no seniors on the roster, so the future is bright.”
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
|Crenshaw Tops Three NCCU Eagles at NCAA T&F Regional
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – North Carolina Central University sophomore Bhrandi Crenshaw posted the third-best triple jump of her college career to place 20th at theNCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Championships on Saturday at the University of North Florida.
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Crenshaw leaped 12.66 meters (41’ 6.5”) in her second straight trip to the East regional. Earlier this season, she achieved the MEAC'slongest triple jump of the season with a career-best triple jump of 12.72m at the Florida Relays. Crenshaw earned gold medals as this year's triple jump conference champion in both the indoor and outdoor MEAC championships.
NCCU senior Bethany White (Gaithersburg, Md.) completed her college career by placing 25th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.60 seconds, and 29thin the 200m dash in 23.68 seconds.
Sophomore Gordon Lewis (Fredericksburg, Va.) placed 25th in the 400m dash with a time of 46.95 seconds.
(archived photo of Bhrandi Crenshaw from 2019 MEAC Championships by Kevin Dorsey)
|Howard’s Gbai, Ike Come Up Short at the NCAA East Prelims
Hampton Track - Jaelen Williams qualifies in 400 hurdles for NCAA Championships
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the second time in his three years, Hampton junior Jaelen Williams will see his season extend into June after his finish in the 2019 NCAA East Regional hosted by the University of North Florida on Friday night.
The junior 400 hurdler from Hampton, Va. ran a season best 50.27 to take third in his heat and automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships starting on June 5 at the University of Texas in Austin. A top three finish in the heat ora top three wildcard time would’ve advanced Williams as he had the seventh fastest overall time.
In 2017, Williams ran 50.32 to qualify for the NCAA’s as a freshman where he finished 12th and earned Second Team All-American honors.
On Saturday, the women’s 4x100 relay team will run in their qualifying heat at 6pm.
Other Hampton entrants on Friday included:
Women’s 400 hurdles
Sophomore Autumn Smith placed seventh in her quarterfinal heat in 59.53 and did not qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Men’s 110 hurdles
All three Hampton entrants failed to qualify as Dylan Beard was fifth in his heat running 14.03. Others included: Charles Graham was sixth in his heat in 14.14 and Jaelen Williams was eighth in his heat in 16.45.
For more information on Hampton University track and field visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
|Rams 4x400m Relay Places 12th in Preliminaries of 2019 NCAA
Division II Outdoor Track & Field Nationals
Top eight advance to event finals
Howard’s Ike Advances to the NCAA East Quarterfinals
Third-year hurdler moves on; sophomore sprinter comes up short
(Photo Credit – Rob Knox)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 23, 2019) – Howard University junior Oluchi Ike (Upper Marlboro, Md.) inched one step closer to Austin after surviving and advancing to the NCAA East 400-meter hurdles Quarterfinals with a 58.81 mark. As a result,the Maryland product finished with one of the fastest non-automatic qualifying times.
“Oluchi [Ike] went out and did exactly what she set out to do [and] qualified for the next round,” said Howard Director of Track & Field David Oliver. “She had a few shaky hurdles in the race, but she has put herself in a great position to make it to the [NCAA] semifinals in Austin [Texas].”
Ike moved on to Friday’s quarterfinals set for 7 p.m. at Hodges Stadium, hosted by the University of North Florida. For her to reach Austin, she must finish in the top 12 with either an automatic bid or top 3 non-automatic qualifying time.
Other notable Bison in action included second-year sprinter Ozioma Scott (Georgetown, Guyana) falling just short of the quarterfinals by one-hundredth of a second.
“My heartbreaks for Ozioma [Scott],” Director Oliver stated. “Missing out on the [NCAA] quarterfinals by one-hundredth of a second is a hard pill to swallow. I've been there as a student-athlete and it haunts you a bit [and] leaves you wondering what more could I have done to get that fraction of a second.”
Despite the tough setback, Scott’s season is not over as she will represent HU in Saturday’s 4x400 relays.
“She is a sophomore,” Director Oliver added. “She will definitely be back next year. She will have that extra fire for her 4x4 leg on Saturday night.”
Ike, Scott, junior Sydney Benson (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) and sophomore Jessika Gbai (Philadelphia) race Saturday (May 25) at 9:25 p.m.
“Both [Ike and Scott] ran their second fastest times of their careers,” Director Oliver concluded. “This was their first time competing on this stage. In Ike's case, she survived and advanced,[and] unfortunately for Scott, it just wasn't enough."
After Ike’s quarterfinals race, Gbai will compete individually in the NCAA East 200-meter dash First Round. Friday night’s event starts 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
|Thompson Places 15th in 100m Preliminaries at 2019 NCAA
Division II Outdoor Track & Field Nationals
Top eight advance to event finals
|Hampton Day 1 NCAA East Regional Track
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Hampton University track and field teams started competition on Thursday at the 2019 NCAA East Regional held at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida and had two advance in the 400 hurdles.
For the men, junior Jaelen Williams ran a season best 50.66 to take second in his heat and post the fourth fastest qualifying time for Friday’s7:15 pm quarterfinal round. To advance to the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, Williams will have to finish in the top three in his heat or have the one of the next three fastest times.
On the women’s side, sophomore Autumn Smith advanced to Friday’s 7pm quarterfinal with the 15th fastest time running a personalbest 58.72 in the 400 hurdles. She will also have to finish in the top three of her heat on Friday or have one of the next three fastest times to advance to Austin.
Sophomore Isis Brooks ran in the 100 meters where she ran 12.06 and failed to advance, while in the long jump Jaelan Leonard had a leap of5.61meters (18-5) and also failed to advance.
For more information on Hampton University track and field, visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
NCCU Tops NCAA Division I in Community Service
DURHAM, N.C. - North Carolina Central University student-athletes completed 11,715 hours of community service with 25 different service organizations in 2018-19 to rank No. 1 in the Helper Helper Division I Top-25 list, according to the Helper Helper volunteer management platform’s annual report released on Tuesday.
Nine NCCU teams rank in the top-5 among Division I programs by sport, including men’s track & field/cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis and women’s basketball placing second. Other NCCU teams finishing in the top-5 are baseball, men’s tennis and men’s basketball in third, and football and women’s track & field/cross country in fifth.
“I am extremely proud of the commitment to ‘Truth and Service’ of our student-athletes,” said NCCU Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree. “It demonstrates the importance to not only stress academics and athletics, but also the priority of developing citizens and leaders as we continue to represent NCCU in our local community.”
The Helper Helper volunteer management platform tracks community service hours through the Helper Helper mobile app and online portal, provides a team-by-team breakdown, and rewards top performers of the more than 200 NCAA participating institutions.
During the 2018-19 campaign, NCAA student-athletes completed 474,282 hours of community service across the country.
For more information about Helper Helper, visit www.HelperHelper.com.
|CU’s Bahamian Athletes Compete for Opportunity and Home
Nearly 1,000 miles and a sliver of the Atlantic Ocean separate Murfreesboro, North Carolina and the Bahamian Islands. Many know the string of more than 700 islands scattered across the vibrant Atlantic blue for its food, music, art, and tourism industry. Bahamian culture is a unique mashup of influences from countries like Africa, England, the United States, and South America. Indeed anyone who has had the chance to visit one of the islands has experienced the beautifullyrich and diverse clash of cultures on the edge of the Caribbean and the Atlantic.
An estimated 400,000 people inhabit the Bahamas, primarily populated in two cities on separate islands, Nassau and Freeport. An estimated 77,000 students make up both the state operated and private secondary schools in the island nation. Six of those roughly77,000 students have made their way across ocean, land, and cultures to find a home at Chowan University. Those six student-athletes are spread across the women's golf and swimming teams and hail from both the capital city of Nassau and the second largest city in the Bahamas, Freeport.
It's not hard to miss this talented group of athletes. They typically travel together around campus, speaking a dialect known only to them when in their own company. "Bey me too?", "What da wybe is?", "I straight!", or "Everything cool." They check on each other throughout the year, make sure they have what they need to survive so far away from home, including gear to make it through the seasonal weather in North Carolina.
When asked what was the biggest adjustment to college life in North Carolina, all six being interviewed exclaimed in unison, "The climate!" North Carolina is known for experiencing all four seasons, including a winter that these Bahamians were not totally prepared for.
"None of us had winter coats," said Megan Reid, a rising senior on the women's swimming team.
"We had the warm up jackets we got as team gear, but no heavy winter coats," added Keitra Lloyd, also a rising senior and who along with Reid, were a part of the inaugural freshman class for the women's swimming program.
All of the athletes saw their first snow while on campus. But these athletes came to Chowan with a purpose, to excel in the classroom and compete in their sport and that has helped push them through any weather or adversity that they have been faced with.
Not only do these six student-athletes excel in their respective sports, they stand out in the classroom. All six student-athletes are members of various honor societies on campus, the president's and dean's list, and leaders in campus clubs and activities.
"We started school when we were three years old," said Jasmine Gibson, a rising junior on the women's swim team. "We also were raised with the British education system which has given us all a good foundation for college."
"The (Bahamian) educational system helped prepare me morally and gave me the skills needed to be successful academically at Chowan," stated L'Leah Laing, the only graduated Bahamian in the Chowan group. Laing finished her school work in three and half years and walked with her class on May 11th. The Freeport native was garbed in honor cords and medals from the various academic honors she received while attending Chowan. She was one of the team's top female golfers, and the first Bahamian athlete for the program.
"We also want to make our country and our home proud of what we do in the classroom," continued Inecia Rolle, a rising senior on the women's golf team. The Nassau native competed in the PGA Works Minority Tournament in Florida to wrap up the 2019 athletic season. She finished 7th in the individual field.
Reid and Lloyd were recently inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Student-Athlete Honor Society, which required a staunch 3.4 cumulative grade point average for membership. Rolle and Laing are also members of Chi Alpha Sigma, and newcomers Gibson and Jeleah Delancy are on pace to be members in their junior years. Gibson and Delancy are also both members of the Chowan University Honors College.
Several Chowan coaches are looking to create a pathway from the Bahamas to Chowan for athletes, with these six helping to pave the way.
"It's hard to be recruited from the Bahamas," said Reid. With all others in the interview nodding in agreeance, "We had help to get here. For me, it was one of my teachers and mentors, Wayne Smith. He helped to make the connection with Matt Hood (former swim coach at Chowan)."
"There is so much talent in the Bahamas in a lot of sports," said Lloyd. "We are all competing in our sports in hopes that we can get recruited by colleges."
"I heard about Chowan through an email connection with Coach Matt," said Delancy. "It was much easier to commit knowing that others that I had competed with at home were already here."
Getting to Chowan is not an easy process for Bahamian athletes. There are no FAFSA opportunities and each year they have to apply for a student VISA to attend a school in the States. Before they return home for the summer, they are faced with finding local places to store their dorm room contents because the cost to bring back to the Bahamas on a plane is so high.
"All of us worked to find scholarships through industries back home," said Reid.
"Sometimes as a Bahamian you can find a private industry scholarship or internship that helps to pay for college. Once you graduate you have to return to the Bahamas to work for that industry," continued Lloyd.
Despite the tedious process to get here, once here, the Islanders compete with purpose and intention in both the classroom and in their sport.
"I want to take what I have learned here back to the Bahamas and apply in an educational setting," said Gibson, an education major. "I want to have an impact on children in my home country."
Laing continued, "I have learned so much through my education here. Golf brought me an education and so many experiences on and off the course that I will cherish.
Delancy hopes to work in healthcare administration once she graduates from Chowan and help the infrastructure of the hospital system in her hometown of Freeport.
Lloyd will look for work in the banking industry once she graduates from Chowan. "The banking industry is on the rise in the Bahamas and there are opportunities there. I want to take what I have learned here and apply it back home for sure."
"I will continue to encourage more of the youth to play golf as well and tell more people about Chowan, a hidden gem," said Laing.
It's apparent that each of these student-athletes have taken advantage of the opportunities that they have been given and not taken anything for granted. They also compete with Bahamian pride that each one of them boasted about.
"We want to make our country proud," said Gibson.
"The Bahamians, whether they know us personally or not, are proud of us. They want us to do well and represent our country well," continued Reid.
Rolle added, "We are here to make our country proud and represent the Bahamas. We are all doing the stuff we love to do and at the same time being ambassadors to our country."
"We have learned so much from our sports. Respect, team work, humility, and time management," said Reid.
"Social skills," added Gibson.
"Perseverance, because failure comes," added Lloyd.
"Using our time productively," Rolle added.
"Persistence," said Delancy.
It is obvious that Chowan is lucky to have these student-athletes in the ranks. They each work and compete with purpose, intention, and with pride while maintaining their island spirit in this small piece of North Carolina.
While miles and ocean separate Chowan University and the Bahamas, these six student-athletes create a colorful bridge for all to walk and experience their beautiful culture and personalities. Not only do these student-athletes make their home country proud, they make Chowan proud too.
To follow these student-athletes throughout their respective athletic seasons, log onto the athletics website at www.gocuhawks.com
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Meet the athletes…
L'Leah Laing, Graduated May 2019, Women's Golf, Sport Science and Exercise Science Major Freeport, Bahamas)
Megan Reid, Rising Senior, Women's Swimming, Sport Science and Exercise Science Major (Freeport, Bahamas)
Keitra Lloyd, Rising Senior, Women's Swimming, Business Major, (Nassau, Bahamas)
Inecia Rolle, Rising Senior, Women's Golf, Psychology Major, Counseling Concentration (Nassau, Bahamas)
Jasmine Gibson, Rising Junior, Women's Swimming, Education Major, (Freeport, Bahamas)
Jeleah Delancy, Rising Sophomore, Women's Swimming, Business Major (Freeport, Bahamas)
| Four Howard Bison Ready for the 2019 NCAA East
Bison looking to take the next steps to Austin
Derek W. Bryant
(Photo Credit – Steve Worthy)
WASHINGTON (May 21, 2019) – With the outdoor season ending, the Howard University track & field program will have four Bison competing at the 2019 NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla. The three-day event (May 23-25) takesplace at Hodges Stadium, hosted by the University of North Florida.
Fans can follow all the action either via FloTrack (PPV) and/or live results.
A trio of Bison qualified for the NCAA East Prelims by finishing among the top 48 in their respective events while the 4x400 relay team placed top 24.
Individually, junior Oluchi Ike (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and sophomores Jessika Gbai (Philadelphia) and Ozioma Scott (Georgetown, Guyana) punched their tickets to Jacksonville after a successful outing at the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Championships.
Ike's dominance in the 400-meter hurdles carried over into Championship Saturday where she won the race with a new season-best (58.28). Currently, her efforts rank top 15 in the East Region.
Gbai (Philadelphia) left her mark on Day One by setting a new school record in the women's 200-meter dash, clocking in at 23.51. Entering the event, she has the 30th-best time in the East.
Scott ran a 53.57 in the 400-meter dash, which sits 34th in the East Region.
Collectively, the three Bison, alongside junior Sydney Benson (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.), earned All-MEAC honors after finishing runner-up in the 4x400 relays with a season-best mark of 3:37.38.As a result, the four runners rank 19th in the East Region.
Third-year hurdler Uchechi Onuoha (Yardly, Pa.) will be an alternate for the 4x400 relay squad, if needed.
To view the complete list of participants, please click here.
On May 11-12, the Bison competed in the 2019 IC4A/ECAC Outdoor Championships.
For the men, senior Kenneth Chigbue (Bowie, Md.) competed in his final race for the Bison, placing sixth in the 200-meter dash (21.78).
On the women’s side, the 4x100 squad finished second place, consisting of Gbai, Onuoha, sophomore Ameenah Saalih (Willingboro, N.J.) and freshman Kennedy Lewis (Atlanta) running a season-best(46.06).
The next stop will be the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas (June 5-8). To qualify, each Bison must finish top 12 in their respective events at the NCAA East Prelims, including the4x400 relay squad.
For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
Lloyd Carter to Retire As Head Lacrosse Coach June 30
HAMPTON, Va. -- Hampton University head lacrosse coach Lloyd
Carter, the first coach of the Pirates program, announced today that
he will be retiring as coach on June 30.
|NCCU’s Tomlinson Invited to NFL QB Coaching Summit
Participants to Expand Professional Network, Hear from NFL Personnel and Industry Experts
DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University assistant football coach John Tomlinson has been invited to join other assistant and positional NFL and NCAA coaches at the 2019 NFL Quarterback Coaching Summit from June 24-25 in Atlanta.
Announced Wednesday (May 22) at the 2019 NFL Spring League Meeting, the event is a result of a partnership between the National Football League and the Black College Football Hall of Fame as part of the NFL’s commitment to strengthening the coaching and personnel development pipeline. The summit aims to equip individuals working on the offensive side of the ball with resources, professional development and networking opportunities with NFL club representatives.
Tomlinson, who joined the NCCU football staff as quarterbacks coach in January, has more than 20 years of coaching experience from high school, college and the NFL. In 2018,he was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Forney (Texas) High School, guiding the top quarterback and running back in the district, while also serving as an offensive consultant at Piscataway (N.J.) High School.
A 1993 graduate of Winston-Salem State University, Tomlinson spent the 2017 campaign with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns as assistant quarterbacks coach/offensive quality control coach. He worked four seasons (2013-16) and celebrated two state championships as quarterbacks coach/assistant passing game coordinator at Cedar Hill (Texas) High School. Tomlinson spent the 2012 season in the MEAC as quarterbacks coach at Morgan State University.
The first 12 years of his coaching career (1997-2008) were served at a variety of high schools in Virginia and North Carolina, including Hillside High School in Durham, before obtaining his first college job as running backs coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Texas.
Tomlinson also authored a book titled “4th & Inches: A Football Coach's Season Devotional.”
The summit additionally features panels with NFL general managers and head coaches, including former Baltimore Ravens general manager and current executive vice president Ozzie Newsome, Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, and Black College Football Hall of Fame co-founders James Harris and Doug Williams. Panels will focus on best practices for career advancement and their path to obtaining opportunities in the NFL.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to develop a diverse pipeline of offensive coaches and personnel, the Quarterback Coaching Summit is an opportunity for participants to further develop and perfect their proficiencies in game administration, offensive philosophy implementation and quarterback development,” said Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
"We are excited to work with the NFL on the Quarterback Coaching Summit, as well as open the lines of communication and exchange ideas on fundamentals and techniques required to coach the QB position," said James “Shack” Harris, Black College Football Hall of Fame co-founder and 2012 inductee. “The results should help participating coaches in college football and the NFL prepare for the opportunity to become head coach, offensive coordinator, quarterback coach, or offensive assistant.”
The current list of presenters and attendees can be found below and is subject to change.
|Coble Invited to U.S. Open
5/22/2019 | Men's Golf
Virginia Union University's Head Golf Coach, E.Lee Coble, has been invited to work as a member of the TV Rules Escort Committee at the 2019 United States Open Championship on June 13-16 in Pebble Beach, Cal.
The 2019 United States Open Championship will be the 119th U.S. Open.
Coble joined the USGA in 1993 as a member of the Sectional Affairs Committee later named the Regional Affairs Committee. Coble was also named to the USGA Rules Committee as a member of the TV Rules Escort Team. This will be Coble's 21st US Open. The USGA remains indebted to the volunteer who serve on USGA committees and to the thousands more who assist in conducting the national championships and team competitions.
"Again, it's an absolute honor to be invited to work this year's US OPEN at Pebble Beach. While this is my third time working the US OPEN at Pebble Beach each US OPEN is a great experience and I am excited to be at Pebble Beach again. Of course none of thiscould be possible without the support of Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics, Joe Taylor and Athletic Director, Felicia Johnson and the entire Athletic Administrative staff, said Coble.
|Cole Parks Named to NCBWA Atlantic All-Region Team
Rams utility earns regional honor
DALLAS, TX – After a terrific season, Winston-Salem State junior Cole Parks was honored when he was selected for the 2019 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Atlantic All-Region team,Wednesday. Parks was a second-team all-region selection after a stellar season on the mound, in the field, and at the plate for the Rams.
Parks had a great season for the Rams as he was a key member of the team’s 35-16 team. He was a second team all-region selection at the Utility position after serving as one of the top players on the Rams’ squad. Parks finished the season with a .321 batting average. He also totaled six home runs with 36 RBI for the team. In addition to being one of the top offensive players on the squad, Parks was also big on the mound. He compiled a 10-2 record in 13 startsfor the Rams. He also led the team with 102 strikeouts and a 4.57 earned run average (ERA).
He also played in the outfield.
For more information on Rams baseball, log on to www.WSSURams.com.