Norfolk State's Ian Copeland set a school record in the discus throw, and the Spartans amassed 22 points in the men’s 5,000 meters to highlight opening-day action at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championships at North Carolina A&T.
Through the three event finals contested on the first day in Greensboro, the NSU men are in first place with 28.5 points. South Carolina State is second with 27.
The NSU women are tied for sixth with 11 points, with Maryland Eastern Shore (21) and Hampton (20) holding down the top two spots.
Copeland placed third in the discus with a personal-best throw of 155 feet, 8 inches. That beat his own school record by nearly five feet.
NSU capped the day by having four runners place in the top six of the 5,000 meters. J
On the women's side, NSU freshman Kiara Howell finished as the runner-up in the women’s discus throw. Howell’s best effort Thursday was 145 feet, 2 inches. Her twin sister, Navia Howell, was eighth in the same event with a top throw of 124-11.
Three William and Mary players earned all-conference honors at the Colonial Athletic Association awards banquet Thursday evening. Senior attacker Kyrstin Mackrides and junior midfielder Jenna Dougherty garnered second-team distinction, while freshman attacker Zoe Boger earned All-Rookie accolades.
Four Virginia players made the All-ACC team: Alex Domijan, Mitchell Frank, Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger.
Not coincidentally, they’re the four who will be representing the Cavaliers in the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments. U.Va. is the No. 2 seed in the 64-team NCAA bracket.