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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