5/4/2012 2:17:00 AM

Day 1 ResultsGREENSBORO, N.C. (May 3, 2012)–The 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s and women’s outdoor track and field championships got underway Thursday at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University.Last season the Morgan State men’s team made one of the program’s greatest turn-around, as they finished second after placing last (11th) at the 2010 championships.

The Bears currently rank third after two events with 13 points, just three points behind MEAC newcomer North Carolina Central, who sits in second-place with 16 points. Norfolk State is in first with 19.50 points.

Emmanuel Stewart was unable to defend his title from last year in the discus, as he placed second with a toss of (164-00 ft.). Simpson Penn placed fourth in the high jump with a jump of 6-08.75.

Trey Charles was the lone Bear out of three to make it out of the preliminaries of the 400 meter hurdles. Charles, who won his Heat, ran a qualifying time of 53.26 to advance to the finals.

Last year senior Calvin Dascent captured gold in the 200 meter dash, unfortunately that will not be the case this season. Dascent placed third in his heat on Thursday with a time of 21.21 and did not qualify for the finals.

On the women’s side, the Lady Hawks of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore tallied 19 points to take the lead heading into day two action. The defending MEAC women’s outdoor track and field champion Hampton Lady Pirates, were second with 18 points and Morgan State follows in third with 17.50 points.

Monae Waller captured the first gold medal of the day with a 1.75m leap in the high jump, while Angela Bursey placed sixth in the discus throw with a toss of 127-01.

Britney Wattley and Teyanna Green advanced out of the preliminaries of the 200 meter dash. Wattley, who won her Heat in a time of 23.88 and Green, who finished with a time of 23.95 will compete in the finals on Saturday.
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