Coppin State junior Christina Epps broke her own school record in winning the triple jump at the Princeton New Year’s Invitational on Dec. 10 and also tied for the best jump in the nation this year.

Epps won the event with a jump of 41-5.00, which easily topped her previous school record of 40-8.25. Her jump ties her with France Makabu of Middle Tennessee State for the best triple jump in the nation.

The Eagles also received an outstanding performance from Jennifer Mitchell in the long and triple jumps.

Mitchell finished fourth in the triple jump with an effort of 38-9.50, which ties her for second all-time at Coppin State with Natoya Baird. She also placed fifth in the long jump with a mark of 18-2.50, which ranks fourth all-time in Eagle history.

Hafsatu Kamara, Alexis Easterling and the Eagles 4×400-meters relay each recorded top-10 finishes on the day.

Kamara finished fourth in the 60 meters in 7.87, Easterling placed seventh in the long jump with a jump of 17-11.75 and the team of Easterling, Shena Brownell, Ashley Bacote and Sandra Bonga finished fifth in 3:59.83.Just the previous weekend, Coppin State women’s track and field team opened its 2011-12 season by winning the Bow-Tie Track Classic hosted by Ursinus College on Dec. 5. Seven Lady Eagles won individual titles in the event.

Irene Cherubet won the mile and the 5000 meters to lead the Eagles. Coppin State also received first-place finishes from Kamara in the 60 meters, Marsha Matthias in the high jump, Easterling in the long jump, Jennifer Mitchell in the triple jump and the 4×400-meter relay team.

The Lady Eagles finished with 171 points to easily outscore Bowie State, which finished with 125 points. Delaware State was third with 85 points followed by Lincoln, Cheyney and Holy Family.

Kamara finished first in the 60 meters in a time of 7.77, which ranks third all-time in Coppin State indoor history.

Easterling posted a personal-record of 18-1.50 to win the long jump, which ties her for the third-best jump in CSU history. Cherubet won the mile in 5:43.54 and came back to win the 5000 meters in 19:48.93. Mitchell, who also finished fifth in the 400 meters, captured the triple jump title with a leap of 37-6.00. Matthias captured the high jump crown by clearing 4-11.75, while Easterling was third and Ashley Bacote placed fifth.

The Eagle 4×400-relay team of Brownell, Bonga, Amanda Boykins and Javonna Dickerson captured first in a time of 4:03.39. Bonga also placed eighth in the 60 meters (8.25), second in the long jump (17-9.50) and third in the triple jump (36-11.75). Coppin State recorded 22 top-five finishes on the season-opening event.


Roger McAfee

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