The Morgan State men’s indoor track and field team had quite a weekend at the Golden Flash Gala, hosted by Kent State from Dec. 10-12. The Bears captured two events and placed three in the top five, while earning seven individual Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) qualifying spots and two IC4A marks.

Junior Calvin Dascent won the 400-meter dash in a time of 48.21, which is the second fastest time in the nation and is the top time in the MEAC and IC4A Conference. Dascent later joined MSU junior Jordan Higgs, junior Carbinere Whyte and junior Trey Charles to help the Bears win the 400-meter relay in a time of 3:13.65. Morgan State’s finish is the third fastest time in the nation this season and also qualifies for the MEAC and IC4A.

Senior Isaac Richardson ran a time of 1:55.65 in the 800-meter run to place fifth and qualify for the MEAC championship, while Whyte had a top 10 finish, placing ninth in the 60-meter dash in a time of seven seconds to also qualify for the MEAC championship.

Other individuals to qualify for the MEAC championship were Jordan Higgs (400-meter dash, 49.50), Emmanuel Stewart (weight throw, 47-10.00), Yao Adantor (weight throw, 47-01.75) and Ryan Currie (60-meter dash, 7.06).

Morgan State’s women indoor track and field team also fared well at the Golden Flash Gala, closing out the 2010 season by capturing two events, while placing 21 athletes in the top 10. The Lady Bears also finished the meet with 11 individual MEAC qualifiers and four ECAC qualifiers, including a relay team.

Junior Tanisha Kendrick captured the 400-meter dash in a time of 55.43 to become an ECAC qualifier. Kendrick’s time is the fastest in the MEAC and third fastest in the nation. Fellow freshman teammate Ekundayo Sogbesan (57.29) and senior Avionne Sloan (57.71) came in second and third, respectively. Sogbesan (10th) and Sloan (23rd) are also ranked in the top 25 in the nation.

Kendrick, Sogbesan and Sloan teamed up with junior Kamice Smalls in the 400-meter relay to a second-place finish in the event with a time of 3:47.72, which is the seventh fastest time in the nation this season and qualify for both the MEAC and ECAC championships.

MSU freshman Teyanna Green, who took third in the 200 meter dash in a time of 25.07, also placed sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.69 to qualify for the MEAC championship. Briana Barlow placed third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.83 and seventh in the 60-meter dash (7.74) to become a MEAC qualifier.

Competing in her first multi-event, junior Monae Waller placed second in the pentathlon with 3,464 points to earn a No. 7 ranking in the nation and qualify for both the MEAC and ECAC championships. Waller also tied for second in the high jump with five people, including freshman teammate Jeanelle Ovid with a jump of 5-05.00. Candace Shirley qualified for the MEAC championships with a toss of 55-01.00 in the weight throw.

Morgan State’s men and women teams will next compete Jan. 14-15 in the NYC Gotham Cup and Armory Invitational in New York City.
 

Kevin Paige

Special to the AFRO