White Breaks MEAC Record
GREENSBORO (May 4, 2017) – While completing his last 10,000-meter run at an outdoor conference championship, senior Darren White went out with a big bang. On Thursday, at the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, White ended with a 31:32.64 mark to break the MEAC championship record previously held by Maryland Eastern Shore's Khalil Rmidi Kinini at 32:43.51 in 2016. It was lowered White's personal record and the Aggies school record, which White already owned at 32:00.27.
In addition to the 10 points awarded to White and the Aggies in the 10,000m event, junior Nehemiah Lipford garnered six points in the high jump with a third-place leap of 6-feet, 9-inches. The Aggie men also saw five advance in the preliminary rounds of the 400-meter hurdles and the 200m dash. Senior TeQuille Jackson was the lone Aggie in the 400m hurdles, qualifying fifth with a time of 52.20. The other four advancements came from the 200 where the Aggies took three of the Top-5 marks. Senior Chris Belcher led the pack qualifying first in 20.72 and sophomore Rodney Rowe followed in 20.87. Senior Caleb Gabriel qualified fourth in 21.10 and junior Joel Thomas ranked seventh in 21.49.
Even though the ladies did not score any points on Day 1 of the championships because they mainly competed in the preliminaries, they too showed domination in the 200m. In the prelims, junior India Brown (23.48), sophomore Kayla White (23.86), and sophomore Yakira Love (24.04) all qualified and took the Top-3 seeds. The other advancement for the ladies was secured by senior Daniqua Dye in the 400mh prelims as she ranked eighth in 1:02.14.
At the end of Day 1 of the MEAC outdoor championships, Norfolk State ranks first for the men with 29.5 points followed by Bethune-Cookman (23.5) and N.C. A&T (16). For the women, Florida A&M and Coppin State go into Day 2 tied for first with 16 points. Day 2 will begin with the final events for the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon at 9 a.m. on Friday.