MEAC round-Up: April 1-8

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Sydne Vigille | The Famuan

History was made this past weekend on the track as South Carolina State’s Tyrell Richard set the world record in the 400 meter dash. Richard, the reigning indoor champion, burned the competition in the 400 meters with a time of 44.81 at the North Florida Invitational.

Richard, however, was not the only one to make history this past week. With baseball heating up, Northern Division leader Coppin State (CSU) continued its success by capturing a win against Maryland Eastern Shore. CSU head coach Sherman Reed recorded his 100th career win after their 5-4 victory.

Southern Division leader North Carolina A&T traveled to Tallahassee, where it took on Florida A&M in a well anticipated three-game series. NC A&T dominated the first two games of the series, but FAMU came back for game three ready to play. Pitcher Josh Wilson threw a complete game for FAMU to secure the blowout 9-0 victory.

Unlike their male counterparts, the FAMU softball team has so far lived up to the preseason hype. The FAMU women are currently first in the Southern Division and are undefeated in conference play, all while on a seven-game win streak. This year, the Southern Division is highly competitive. FAMU, BCU, and NC A&T all have five conference wins thus far and with North Carolina Central at .500, they still have time to move up in the rankings.

For the Northern Division, only Norfolk has five conference wins. Norfolk, the Northern Division leader, is still above .500 despite heading into this week on a two-game losing streak.  Their latest loss was a lackluster performance against University of Maryland-Baltimore County over the weekend.

Spring sports are in full swing, as FAMU hosted their golf spring invitational. Bethune Cookman took home the win with a score of 585, just six above FAMU. The Rattlers finished second with a score of 591. They led the invitational for 18 holes before B-CU, led by Marcus Sundlof, were able to come back and take the lead on the final holes.  

With MEAC golf in the final stretch, next up is the 2019 MEAC Golf Championship. The contest begins April 25 and will feature Augusta University as they look for their fifth straight title.