The South Carolina State men finished ninth and the women were twelfth at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships that concluded Saturday at the Irwin Belk Track on the North Carolina A&T campus.
Host NC A&T swept the competition with the women amassing 188.5 points and the men 201 in earning their third consecutive title
Defending champion Florida A&M was second in the women’s division with 186 points, while the Bethune-Cookman men finished second with 172 points
SC State and Coach Tim Langford’s teams picked up points in a total of four events on Saturday as the men amassed a total of 26 points and the women a lone point in the competition.
Demek Kemp finished second in the 100 meters in a time of 10.15, while teammate Daniel Seawright was seventh; the 4x100-meter relay team of Kameron Hammond, Demek Kemp, Malik Watson and Daniel Seawright was third in a time of 39.78, which tied for the second-best time in school history in the event; Tyler Jeffers was eighth in the 1500 meters and Ariyonne Gillespie was eighth in the women’s javelin with a toss of 28.89 meters.
SC State’s Langford said his teams, small in numbers and hampered by some key injures, didn’t finish where he wanted them to but gave a strong effort.
“We certainly wanted to finish better than we did this season,” said Langford, But we lacked the numbers of most teams and had some injuries to some of key performers. But, I saw bright spots in our program.”
“I thought Demek Kemp finished off his senior season well, our men’s 4x100-relay team stepped up with the second-best time in school history and out distance people, although coming in unranked, scored for us. I like where we are headed.”