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Landover, MD -- Long Island captured its second consecutive NEC Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship on Sunday at the Prince George's County Sports & Learning Complex. With 146 points, the Blackbirds won by a wide margin over second place UMBC (84 points) and third place St. Francis (PA) (79 points). The meet began last Saturday, but was postponed after one day of competition due to the snowstorm that blanketed the Washington D.C. area. The top two finishers in each event were named first and second team all-NEC performers, respectively.
Long Island senior Camilla Harris was voted the Most Valuable Performer for the second consecutive year and was also named Most Outstanding Field Performer. She won four gold medals at the event, including the 60 meter dash (7.70), 60 meter hurdles (8.74), triple jump (39' 4") and long jump, where she set a new meet record with a leap of 19' 11". Teammates Destinee McCray (400 meters) and Rea Tobitt (200 meters) also earned first place finishes.
St. Francis (PA)'s Erin Walczak established a new meet record of 10' 10" in the pole vault.
Fairleigh Dickinson junior Everlyn Cheptoo was chosen the Most Outstanding Track Performer following victories in the 3,000 meters (10:21.24) and 5,000 meters (17:47.74).
Long Island's Julia Sandiford took home NEC Coach of the Year honors.
Day One Notes
FDU junior Everylne Cheptoo (Eldoret, Kenya/Sing’Ore Girls) defended her 3000 meters crown as she clocked a time of 10:21.24 en route to victory. The Knights placed two of the top three runners in the women’s final event of the day, with senior Fredyla Urena (Fairview, NJ/Cliffside Park) taking third (10:28.80). The Knights were aided by another first place finish as junior Dana White (Camden, NJ/Camden) earned valuable team points with a victory in the women’s shot with an effort of 45’ 4". Her performance qualifies White for the upcoming ECAC meet.
Senior Camilla Harris (Pine Hill, NJ/Overbrook) of LIU, last year’s Most Valuable Performer, earned a first place finish in the women’s long jump with an NEC Championship record of 19’ 11", out-leaping sophomore teammate N’Kelle Anderson (Forestville, MD/Largo), who finished in second place with a jump of 18’ 10". Senior Kemelia Campbell (Jackson, NJ/Jackson) finished in fourth place as the Blackbirds captured three of the top four spots on their way to earning 24 points in the day’s first scoring event for the women.
St. Francis (PA) junior jumper Lindsey Stefan (Homer City, PA/Homer Center) closed out the day’s field events by clearing a height of 5’ 5" to finish in first place in the women’s high jump.
The NEC Women’s Championship will conclude on Sunday, February 16 at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.