LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Hampton University Lady Pirates indoor track and field team made it a sweep on Saturday as they took their first-ever Big South Conference Indoor Championship in the meet held at Liberty University.

Hampton scored 162.50 points to edge out High Point with 159, while Charleston Southern took third with 95 points.  Campbell finished in the fourth spot with 77 points, Radford finished in fifth with 52, and USC Upstate is sixth with 44 points. Gardner-Webb finished in seventh with 32 points, while Winthrop stands eighth with 21 points and UNC Asheville rounds out the standings at ninth with 18.5 points.

The Lady Pirates got on the board on Saturday with a 1-3-6 finish in the 60 hurdles as Autumn Smith won the race in 8.55 with Mallory Pitchford coming in third (8.71) and Kaitiln Scott in sixth (9.01).for a total of 19 points.

In the 400 meters, Sashana Hinds took second in 57.25 and Smith came in fourth in 57.68 to give Hampton 13 points.  The 60 meters gave Hampton another nine points as Pitchford took second in 7.59 and Isis Brooks was seventh in 7.65.

DeVonya Brown took seventh in the 800 (2:23.66) and Shakeira Johnson was eighth in 2:26.90 for three points.  The 200 meters gave Hampton 20 points with Pitchford (24.51) edging out Brooks (24.52) for first while Asha Copeland was seventh in 25.56.

The field events saw Hampton set a couple school marks.  In the weight throw, Hampton went 1-2 and set a school record as Corneisha Mitchell won it in 18.68 meters with Ayana Culhane taking second in 18.27.  Culhane set a school record on Friday in the shot put with a toss of 14.58 meters.

Kameryn Trussell was fourth in the triple jump (11.47 meters) and Smith was sixth (11.30) for eight more points.
In the 4×400 relay, Jaelen Leonard, Smith, Alysha Evans and Hinds took second in 3:51.71 to ice the team win finishing ahead of High Point who was third.

Head Coach Maurice Pierce was named Coach of the Year for the first time in the Big South and has a share of a Coach of the Year title now 15 times.  The Lady Pirates won the MEAC title 2001, 2003-07, a share in 2008, 2009, 2011-16.  Culhane was named to the Big South Conference All-Academic team at the conclusion of the meet. 

For more information on Hampton University women’s indoor track and field, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at