Morgan State University’s men’s track & field team showed they have the talent to compete with some of the nation’s top schools during the Florida State University Outdoor Relays on March 23. The majority of the team was able to pull out a top 25 finish in seven events.

In the 400-meter hurdles senior Trey Charles blew away the competition, finishing first in a time 51.87. Charles’s speed also helped the 4×400 “A” relay to a fourth place finish, in a time of 3:11.92.

Freshman Emmanuel Robinson ran a personal best in the 200 meter dash, running in a time of 22.17 which led to an 11th place finish. Robinson also placed 9th in the 100 meter dash, finishing in a time of 10.89.

In the field events the Bears were very successful in the shot put. Sophomore Jefferson Butler, an Upper Marlboro, Md. native, clinched second place, throwing for a distance of 51-feet-3.50-inches. Following behind Butler was Keith Davis who finished in seventh place with a toss of 44-feet-7-inches, and Emmanuel Stewart who finished in ninth place (43-feet-6.50-inches). Stewart was also able to pull off a 4th place finish in the discus throw, throwing for a distance of 170-feet-1-inch.

As for MSU’s women team, junior Britney Wattley continued her solid season by finishing top ten in two different events. She placed fifth in the 200m dash with a time of 24.52, and then finished eighth in the 100m dash (11.98).

Wattley also anchored the women’s 4x400m relay team that finished second in a time of 3:45.27.

Senior Kamice Smalls and sophomores Teyanna Green and Ekundayo Sogbesan combined for the rest of the 4x400m relay team.

Senior Tyshia Oliver also placed top ten with a eighth place finish in the 800m run, while junior Monae Waller won the collegiate division high jump for the Bears with a best of 1.73m (5’8″).

The Bears will resume action on April 6th in Gainesville, Fla., where they will be competing in the Pepsi Florida Relays. This event will be held at University of Florida, on the Percy Beard Track.

Brandon Walker

Special to the AFRO