Johnson Wins Gold In Shot Put At MEAC Indoor Championships; Lady Bears Place Third – Morgan State Bears

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Feb. 23, 2022)-The Morgan State women’s track and field team scored a total of 43 points on the final day of the 2022 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Virginia Beach Sports Center to place third in the team standings.

 

The third-place indoor finish is the highest for Morgan State since the 2014 MEAC Indoor Championships, when the Lady Bears also placed third.

 

The Lady Bears finished the three-day meet with 88 points through 17 events. Norfolk State finished second with 149 points, while Howard captured its fourth overall championship and first since 1989 with a total of 184 points.

 

Coppin State (86), which finished two points behind Morgan State placed fourth, while North Carolina Central took fifth-place with 53 points.

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Johnelle Johnson got the day started for the Lady Bears, by capturing the second gold medal of the day and Morgan State’s lone gold of the championships, following her shot put victory. Johnson threw a winning toss of 43-feet-09.75 inches (13.35m) on her sixth and final throw of the day.

 

Teammate Terine Lambert placed fourth in the shot put, also recording her best throw of 41-feet-05.25 inches (12.63m) on her final throw.

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Ishana Asinor reached a height of 10-feet-06.00 inches (3.20m) to place second in the pole vault and Inara Shell came in fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 38-feet-10.50 inches (11.85m).

 

On the track, Alliayah Ottley ran a time of 8.71 seconds to place third in the 60 meter hurdles.

 

Rachel Field placed sixth in the 3000 meter run in a time of 11:17.81 and also finished sixth in the mile run after completing the event in a time of 5:23.24.

 

Morgan State’s 4X400 meter relay quartet of Tia Jackson, Yasmine George, Destiny Thompson and Michelle Kamara ended the day by running a time of 3:58.84 to place sixth.

 

Morgan State entered Championship Wednesday sitting in third-place with 45 points, 15 points shy of then second-place Howard (60 points). Norfolk State entered the final day of competition in first with 62 points through six scored events.

 

On Tuesday, Diamond Moore finished second in the high jump with a mark of 5-00.25 (1.53m).

 

Johnelle Johnson placed fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 52-feet-06.50 inches (16.01m) and Jannah Sharpe came in fifth with a throw of 51-feet-07.25 inches (15.73m).

 

On the track, Alliayah Ottley advanced to Wednesday’s final in the 60 meter hurdles with a qualifying time of 8.67 to place fifth.

 

Tia Jackson just missed out qualifying for the 60 meter dash final, placing ninth in the preliminary round after running a time of 7.73 seconds.

 

The Lady Bears’ distance medley team of Jalissa Emmens, Michelle Kamara, Yasmine George and Rachel Field crossed the line in a time of 12:42.99 to place fifth.

  

On Day 1 of the MEAC Championships, Morgan State concluded Monday’s event in second-place with 19 points after two scored events. Howard (22 points) was in first with a slim three-point lead over the Lady Bears. South Carolina State (13) and Norfolk State (11 points) were in third and fourth. Maryland Eastern Shore (10) and North Carolina Central (2) rounded out the top six.

 

Inara Shell took third in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet-07.75 inches (5.68m), while teammate Tia Thompson placed fourth with a mark of 18-feet-07.00 inches (5.66m). Miazziah Rose would come in sixth at 17-feet-09.75 inches (5.43m).

 

Rachel Field rounded out Morgan State’s scoring for the day with her fourth-place finish in the 5000 meter run, as she finished the race in a time of 19:11.76.  

 

Morgan State had five athletes earn 2022 All-MEAC Team honors. The top three finishers in each event were named All-MEAC. Johnelle Johnson (shot put) was Morgan State’s lone All-MEAC First Team selection of the meet. Diamond Moore (high jump) and Ishana Asinor (pole vault) were named to the All-MEAC Second Team, while Alliyah Ottley (60m hurdles) and Inara Shell (long jump) were named to the All-MEAC Third Team.

 

MEAC Indoor Championships

Feb. 21-23, 2022

Virginia Beach, Va. (Virginia Beach Sports Center)

 

Team Standings (17 of 17 events scored)

1. Howard, 184 points

2. Norfolk State, 149 points

3. Morgan State, 88 points

4. Coppin State, 86 points

5. North Carolina Central, 53 points

6. South Carolina State, 41

7. Maryland Eastern Shore, 35 points

8. Delaware State, 18 points

  

MEAC Track & Field Championship Honors

Outstanding Runner: Kamillah Monroque, Coppin State

Outstanding Field Performer: Minyarn Smalls, Howard

Outstanding Coach: David Oliver, Howard

 

FIRST TEAM

Sherri-Ann Norton, Howard (60m), Latifa Ali, Coppin State (200m), Jessica Wright, Howard (400m, 4×400), Kaya-Rae Dunbar, Howard (60h), Jada Banks, South Carolina State (3,000m, 5,000m), Ozioma Scott, Howard (4×400), Ameenah Saalish, Howard (4×400), Jessika Gbai (4×400), Jahmei Wyatt, Coppin State (DMR), Salomay Agyei, Coppin State (DMR), Claudina Constantine, Coppin State (DMR), Kamillah Monroque, Coppin State (800m, Mile, DMR), Tynneisia Wilson, Norfolk State (HJ), Annalise Bond, Delaware State (PV), Nikayla Fitzgerald, Howard (LJ), Micah Fulton, North Carolina Central (TJ), Johnelle Johnson, Morgan State (Shot), Arieana Parker, Norfolk State (Weight), Minyarn Smalls, Howard (Pent)

 

SECOND TEAM

Latifa Ali, Coppin State (60m, 4×400), Jessika Gbai, Howard (200m), Malika Pride, Norfolk State (400m), Indya Richards, Norfolk State (60h), Jahmei Wyatt, Coppin State (800m), Victoria Swepson, North Carolina Central (Mile), Joslyn Crosby, Howard (3,000m, 5,000m), Kmani Alphonse, Coppin State (4×400), Cathryn Lane, Coppin State (4×400), Shenelle Tomlinson, Coppin State (4×400), Ashanti Meyers, South Carolina State (DMR), Debrielle Williams, South Carolina State (DMR), Makylah Jones, South Carolina State (DMR), Jada Banks, South Carolina State (DMR), Diamond Moore, Morgan State (HJ), Ishana Asinor, Morgan State (PV), Naomi English, Maryland Eastern Shore (LJ), Attinuke Shittu, Maryland Eastern Shore (TJ), Leslie Young, Norfolk State (Shot), Diana Effiom, Howard (Weight), Jasmyn Hunter, Howard (Pent)

 

THIRD TEAM

Jessika Gbai, Howard (60m), Kimani Alphonse, Coppin State (400m), Alliyah Ottley, Morgan State (60h), Fridah Koech, Norfolk State (3,000m, 5,000m, DMR), Malika Pride, Norfolk State (200m, DMR), Tynniesia Wilson, Norfolk State (DMR), Kara Grant, Norfolk State (800m, Mile, DMR), Tanryn Thorn, South Carolina State (4×400), Ra’Necia Brown, South Carolina State (4×400), Jasmaine Donovan, South Carolina State (4×400), Debrielle Williams, South Carolina State (4×400), Shonte Seale, Norfolk State (HJ), Destiny Hooks, Norfolk State (PV), Inara Shell, Morgan State (LJ), Ja’Tae Joyner, Howard (TJ), Minyarn Smalls, Howard (Shot), Leslie Young, Norfolk State (Weight), Dahja Price, Norfolk State (Pent)

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