The Hampton University women’s cross country team won the 2011 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) cross country title on Saturday morning at the UMES Cross Country Course.
It was the second straight MEAC title for the Lady Pirates and their fourth overall. The Lady Pirates finished with 53 points, five points fewer than second-place Florida A&M. Four Lady Pirates finished in the top 15 to earn All-MEAC honors – led by sophomore Alaine Tate (Queens, N.Y.), who finished sixth after completing the 5K course in 19:16.88. Sophomore Nichelle Harris (Rahway, N.J.) came in seventh after running a 19:17.69. Junior Teshika Rivers (Greenbelt, Md.) ran a 19:39.55 to finish 10th, while sophomore Devyn Thompson (Chicago, Ill.) came in 11th with a time of 19:42.67. Sophomore Cydney Robinson (Portsmouth, Va.) also came in the top 20, finishing 19th with a season-best 20:13.75. Junior Shaquanda Gainey (Camden, N.J.) ran a 20:32.95 to finish 24th, while senior Claudia Calder (Kingston, Jamaica), in just her second race of the season, ran a 22:30.01 to finish 57th.
In all, the Lady Pirates averaged a 19:38.11 as a team. Head coach Maurice Pierce was named the Most Outstanding Coach on the women’s side for the fourth time in his tenure with the Lady Pirates. Kadian Dunkley of Bethune-Cookman won the women’s individual title with an 18:43.61. The Pirates finished eighth on the men’s side with 216 points. Norfolk State won its fourth straight MEAC men’s title, and its 11th in 12 years, with 30 points – finishing 24 points ahead of second-place Florida A&M. Junior Xavier Fraction (Sewell, N.J.) paced the Pirates in the men’s 8K race, finishing 21st with a 27:51.26. Sophomore Je’Von Hutchison (Boynton, Fla.) ran a 29:21.21 to finish 45th, while sophomore Jaleel Rogers (Philadelphia, Pa.) came in 49th with a 29:57.62.
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