LANDOVER, Md., Feb. 21, 2019—After the first day of the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday, the Bethune-Cookman and Norfolk State men and Florida A&M women lead their respective standings.
Norfolk State and Bethune-Cookman are tied atop the men’s standings with 23 points each. North Carolina A&T State is close behind in third with 20 points.
The FAMU women have 25 points to sit atop the standings, seven points ahead of Bethune-Cookman. South Carolina State, with eight points, is third.
Defending champion North Carolina A&T State got off to a strong start on Thursday, as freshman Regan Kimtai – who finished second in the cross country championship meet back in October – took gold in the men’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:02.85.
On the women’s side, Florida A&M’s Emmax Kiplagat ran a 17:40.63 to defend her MEAC title in the 5,000 meters.
The 2019 MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships resume on Friday at 9 a.m. with a resumption of the men’s heptathlon. The women’s pentathlon will start at 9:20 a.m. The first running event, the prelims of the women’s 60-meter hurdles, will start at 12 p.m.