NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 23, 2017—The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Delaware State will host the 2017 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Delaware State University Outreach and Research Center in Smyrna, Del.
The championships will begin with the women’s five-kilometer (5K) race at 9:45 a.m., with the men’s eight-kilometer (8K) race following at 10:30 a.m.
On the women’s side, Florida A&M is looking for its unprecedented sixth straight championship.
Emmax Kiplagat is solidly among the top 10 fastest times at 5K in the conference, thanks to the 18:04.30 she ran on Sept. 15. But Hampton boasts the five fastest 5K times in the MEAC this season – led by Eusila Chepkemel’s 17:27.30 on Oct. 7 at the HBCU Challenge.
Martha Bissah of Norfolk State has the fastest non-Hampton time this season, having run an 18:03.30 on Sept. 23.
The Maryland Eastern Shore men have won three straight MEAC cross country titles, but Florida A&M looks strong, as the Rattlers boast seven of the 10 fastest 8K times in the conference this season.
FAMU sophomore David Too is the only runner to eclipse the 24-minute mark this season, thanks to the 23:47.50 he turned in on Oct. 14.
Too has the top two times at 8K in the MEAC this season.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, MEAC student-athletes will wear pink racing bibs and head coaches will wear pink ribbon pins during the championships. The MEAC also encourages fans to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
On Friday, Oct. 27, the MEAC will team up with Delaware State to host the third annual Power of the PINK 5k Run/Walk. The event supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Participants will receive a free T-shirt, with a $10 donation, and are encouraged to show their support by wearing pink attire.
Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the DSU Wellness & Recreation Center, with the 5k scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to local breast cancer research organizations.
The 2017 MEAC Cross Country Championships are free and open to the public.
The Delaware State University Outreach and Research Center is located at 884 Smyrna-Leipsic Road in Smyrna, Del.
For complete men’s and women’s cross country championship information, visit Championship Central at www.MEACsports.com.