Wildcats Moving into Scoring Position to Open MEAC Indoor
LANDOVER, Md. - After one day of competition at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Bethune-Cookman men sit in fourth place, while the women rank sixth. However, both teams are lined up for scoring opportunities in Saturday’s finals at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Freshman Kenneth Fisher recorded the Wildcats’ first gold medal of the meet, securing the victory in the long jump with a career-best leap of 7.35m (24-01.50 ft.), adding four inches to his previous distance. Nicholas Williams (6.76m - 22-02.25 ft.) and Jimel Wright (6.73m - 22-01.00 ft.) also scored in the event, taking seventh and eighth, respectively.
On the women’s side, Desiree Richardson also earned an early top-tier finish, coming in second in the weight throw, adding a whopping 2.22 meters to her previous career-high, throwing 16.22m (53-02.75 ft.).
Deidra Jordan added a fifth-place scoring performance in the high jump, reaching 1.62m (5-03.75 ft.), while Juliette Hyppolite and Kasie Trigg each tied for 10th (1.57m - 5-01.75 ft.).
In the women’s long jump, Rayanna Johnson finished eighth at 5.44m (17-10.25 ft.) to score, and Breonca Reid was ninth at 5.33m (17-06.00 ft.).
In the men’s pole vault, the Wildcats went 6-7-8-9 in the event, led by Akeem Barthol’s 4.25m (13-11.25 ft.), followed by Curtis Riggins (4.10m - 13-05.25 ft.), Nnamdi Davis (3.95m - 12-11.50 ft.) and Pierre Strother (3.95m - 12-11.50 ft.).
The Wildcats set the table for several scoring opportunities on Saturday, with numerous sprint final qualifications. Tremayne Banks leads the way, qualifying for the finals of the 60m hurdles, 60m and 200m. Banks ranked second in the 60m hurdles preliminary with a time of 7.97, is set up at third in the 60m with a time of 6.83 and lists at fourth in the 200m, after finishing in 22.09 in the preliminary.
Junior Saint Preux will join Banks in the 60m hurdles final, having finished sixth in the preliminary at 8.19.
On the women’s side, Tristie Johnson doesn’t trail Banks by much for qualifying races, as the sophomore will take on the finals of the 60m and 200m. She finished fifth in each preliminary, running a 7.52 in the 60m, and an indoor career-best of 24.41 in the 200m.
In the distance events, Daniel Ketter finished sixth in the men’s 5,000m in 16:01.07, earning the Wildcats’ only distance scoring thus far. On the women’s side, Nyajock Pan came in 10th in the 5k (19:37.39). Ricy Brown ranked 10th in the men’s 800m at 1:55.64.
The Wildcats rounded out the day with a fourth place finish in the men’s distance medley relay. The team of Brown, Jamel Davis, Rashaard Brown and Ketter ran a combined time of 10:31.68.
“Decent start to day one for both men and women,” Bethune-Cookman Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Donald Cooper said. “We are not where I would have liked us to be, but things happen and this is a very competitive conference. Hampton and North Carolina A&T have great teams and are bringing everything they’ve got. We have to step up to the occasion if we want to compete with them. We’re extremely anxious to see how our athletes respond tomorrow.”
On Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. with the women’s pentathlon, the final events of the men’s heptathlon, women’s pole vault, men’s and women’s triple jump and men’s shot put. Running events begin at 1 p.m. with the women’s mile. Rounding out the afternoon’s events will be the men’s and women’s 4x400 relay race beginning at 3:25 p.m.
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