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HBCU Round-Up: MEAC Qualifies 16 Track & Field Athletes For NCAA Outdoor Championships

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A total of 16 student-athletes from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference punched tickets to the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

North Carolina A&T headlines the field with a combined total of five athletes on both the men’s and women’s side as all shattered school records. Christopher Belcher qualified in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes while Dajuan Harding will compete in the 400-meter dash. The 4×100-meter relay had the third-best time (38.76) out of both preliminary regionals and will be joined by the mile relay team in Eugene. Lasheon Strozier rounds out the Aggies’ qualifiers on the men’s side as he earned a spot in the triple jump.

India Brown made it to Eugene in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes along with Kayla White in the 100-meter hurdles. They will be joined by the 4×100-meter relay team as they finished 13th out of both regionals.

Bethune-Cookman’s Michael Tiller broke the B-CU record of 53-1 inch set by Louis Brown at the 2006 Penn Relays as he won the triple jump at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. Maryland Eastern Shore’s Khalil Rmidi Kinini’s school-record time of 8:46.62 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase helped him to become the first Hawk in three years to advance to nationals while Hampton freshman Jaelen Williams won his heat and finished seventh overall in the 400-meter hurdles running 50.32.

The 2017 NCAA National Championship takes place June 7-10 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene.

MEAC QUALIFIERS
MEN INSTITUTION EVENT
Michael Tiller Bethune-Cookman triple jump
Jaelen Williams Hampton 400m hurdles
Khalil Rmidi Kinini Maryland Eastern Shore 3,000m steeplechase
Christopher Belcher North Carolina A&T State 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Dajuan Harding North Carolina A&T State 400m, 4x400m
Lasheon Strozier North Carolina A&T State Triple Jump
Caleb Gabriel North Carolina A&T State 4x100m
Jaylen Mitchell North Carolina A&T State 4x100m
Dorian Claggett North Carolina A&T State 4x400m
Justin Hamilton North Carolina A&T State 4x400m
Najee Reams North Carolina A&T State 4x400m
Rodney Rowe North Carolina A&T State 4x100m
     
WOMEN    
India Brown North Carolina A&T State 100m, 200m, 4×100
Kayla White North Carolina A&T State 100m hurdles
Yakira Love North Carolina A&T State 4×100
Taliyah Townsend North Carolina A&T State 4x100m

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