South Carolina State senior Tyrell Richard is the new NCAA indoor track and field champion in the 400 meters.

The Georgetown native nabbed the gold medal at the NCAA Indoor Championship at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama, Saturday with a clocking of 44.82, the fastest time in the nation this season.

Richard, running in lane six, took control at the break point and ran away from the field, including favorite Kahmari Montgomery of Houston, who had the top time in the prelims, 45.32 to Richard’s 45.65. Montgomery finished second with a clocking of 45.03.

The mark by Richard smashed his previous school record of 45.39 and also erased the MEAC record of 46.62 he established at the MEAC Indoor Championship just two weeks ago.

“Tyrell’s performance is a major milestone for S.C. State, our track program and the MEAC,” Bulldog head track Coach Tim Langford said. “He ran an awesome race. The goal was for him to get to the break point first and make everyone else march to his rhythm and he executed it perfectly.”

Richard is the second Bulldog sprinter in as many seasons to medal at the prestigious NCAA Indoor Track Championships. Last season, Demek Kemp earned a bronze medal with a third-place finish in the 60 meters.

St. Jean places 5th in 400 meters

PITTSBURG, Kan.—Claflin University freshman sprinter Derick St. Jean ran a 47.15 to place fifth in the 400 meters at the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships in Pitsburg, Kansas. With the fifth-place finish, St. Jean earns 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor All-American status.

St. Jean ran a personal best of 47.03 in the preliminary round of the 400 meters. The 47.03 is also a school record.

Claflin men’s track and field teams will return to action Saturday when they travel to Charleston to participate in the CSU Spring Break Invitational hosted by Charleston Southern University.

Claflin falls to Fla. Southern 6-1

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Florida Southern College took the second game of its three-game weekend series with Claflin University on Saturday, defeating the Panthers 6-1 at Mirmow Field.

Claflin, now 12-6 on the season, will try to avoid the series sweep on Sunday when the two teams meet in the finale at 1 p.m.

Florida Southern improved to 11-8.

Jacob Teter supplied most of the offense for Florida Southern, accounting for four of the Mocs six runs. Teter two-run homer off Eric Dubose in the first inning gave the visitors an early 2-0 lead. He later added a two-run single in the three-run seventh for the Mocs.

Florida Southern added its final run in the eighth inning.

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