GREENSBORO, N.C. – South Carolina State sophomore and Orangeburg native Daniel Seawright picked up a bronze medal Friday with a third-place finish in the long jump at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Irwin Belk Track.
The Bethune-Cookman men (91 points) and Florida A&M women (120 points) are the team leaders, headed into Saturday’s finals.
Seawright had a season-best leap of 7.51 meters in earning six points for the SCSU Bulldogs, and he was one of three SC State performers to establish personal records in other events.
Seawright was one of two Bulldogs to reach the finals in the 100 meters as he was seventh in a time of 10.47, a personal record in the event. Tyler Jeffers was fourth in qualifying in the 800 meters with a personal-record time of 1:52.41, and Tyler Duncan finished in a personal-record time of 10.04 in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
“The meet has not unfolded as we had hoped,” said SC State head coach Tim Langford. “But I’m glad to see that our athletes are making strides and getting better.
"Our numbers are down, but we have had some great efforts from the performers who are here.”
Also qualifying for Saturday’s finals for SC State were world-class sprinter Demek Kemp, who easily won his heat in the 100 meters in a time of 10:34. The Bulldogs’ other heralded sprinter, Tyrell Richard, sustained a pull in Thursday’s 200 meters and was unable to compete in his best event, the 400 meters, on Friday.
Also on Friday, Taylor Guthrie made the finals in the shot put.
Saturday’s finals get underway at 9 a.m.
Claflin track and field
to compete in first CIAA
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BOWIE, Md. — After having success during the outdoor track and field season, the Claflin University men's and women's track and field teams will travel to Bowie, Md. to participate in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the first time.
The Championships will run Saturday, May 4-Sunday, May 5 at Bowie State University. Competition begins at 9 a.m. on both days.
With Claflin joining the CIAA on July 1, 2018, this will be the first opportunity for the Panthers to showcase their skills in the outdoor championships.
Pacing the Claflin men are sprinters Derick St. Jean and Davion McKnight-Allen. St. Jean a 6-1, 180, freshman, hailing from Roseau Dominica and McKnight-Allen a 5-9, 157, junior from Florence, have both provisionally qualified for two events in the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
St. Jean is currently fourth in the nation and first in the Atlantic Region in the 400 meters with a time of 46.77, just .54 off the automatic qualifying time. He has also qualified in the 200 meters with a time of 21.26.
McKnight-Allen is .30 off the automatic qualifying time in the100 meters and .35 off the automatic time in the 200 meters. McKnight-Allen will enter the meet with a time of 10.50 in the 100 meters and 21.11 in the 200.
In addition to St. Jean and McKnight-Allen, the Panthers will rely on middle distance runner Domenic Samuel (6-0, 180, sophomore, Dillon), who was the 2019 CIAA Indoor Track Athlete of the Meet, field eventer Marquette Bizzell, Jr., a 5'10, 170, jumper out of Jacksonville, Fla., and newcomer Ashtin Knowles, (5'11, 160 from Miami, Florida) who will compete in the sprints.
The Panther women will rely on the freshmen duo of Kiara Belton and Zaria Nelson.
Belton (5-0, Columbia) will pace the women on the track while Nelson (5-8, James Island) will be called upon to lead the team in the field.
Nelson, has thrown a distance of 45.81 (150’3) in the discus, which has provisionally qualified her for the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.