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Wildcats Qualify 12 for MEAC in Season Opener at UAB

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Wildcats logged 12 MEAC qualifying marks in opening up the season at the UAB Blazer Invite, Friday at the Brimingham Crossplex Arena. Bethune-Cookman got off to a great start in the first meet out of the gate with 13 top-10 finishes.

"We had a pretty solid day," Head Coach Donald Cooper said. "The first meet of the season is always a ‘let's see what we've got' opportunity."

The Bethune-Cookman women's field events corps had a great outing, led by a dual effort from Desiree Richardson, who finished fifth in the shot put with a distance MEAC qualifying distance of 13.08m (42-11.00 ft.) and later followed up with a seventh-place mark of 12.30m (40-04.25 ft.).

Turning in B-CU's top-ranking performance of the meet, Sasha Smallwood made her first appearance in the pole vault since completing knee rehab in the offseason, finishing fourth with a height of 3.35m (10-11.75 ft.) to qualify for the conference meet later this season.

Barry Kimbrough logged a ninth-place finish in the men's shot with a distance of 14.44m (47-04.50 ft.) to join the qualifiers, while Jimel Wright finished 12th in the triple jump (13.59m/44-07.00 ft.) and 15th in the long jump (6.46m/21-02.50 ft.). In his first meet as a Wildcats pole vaulter, Ashton Boston made the MEAC mark with a height of 4.05m (13-03.50 ft.). Keron Stoute tied for 11th in his high jump debut at 1.90m (6-02.75 ft.).

The Wildcats sprinters and hurdlers also had a solid outing for the season opener, topped by Angelo Cabrera's sixth 60m dash finish in 6.84 in the finals, just ahead of Darnell Washington in seventh (6.88), with both hitting the MEAC mark.

Two B-CU hurdlers logged top-10 finishes with qualifying marks, led by D.J. Howard making his return to the indoor track, finishing sixth in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.16, while Tremayne Banks logged a personal-best time of 8.21 for eighth place.

In the women's 60m, Breonca Reid finished 11th with a time of 7.93, making the MEAC qualifying standard with her preliminary time of 7.73. Apple Harris finished just behind Reid in the prelims, at 7.74, claiming the first of her two conference marks on the day, later finishing 10th in the 200m with a time of 25.15. In the men's 200m, Garrett Ellis (22.07) and Joshua Perkins (22.10) came in 10th and 11th, respectively.

Making her Wildcats debut, Tristie Johnson took on the longer sprints, hitting the conference mark by finishing eighth in the 400m in 57.73 seconds.

Kadian Dunkley opened up the day of competition for B-CU with an eighth-place qualifying mark in the mile in a time of 5:09.05.

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