Mustang Track and Field Look for Strong Showing at MAC Championships

Mustang Track and Field Look for Strong Showing at MAC Championships


OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Stevenson University indoor track and field teams will compete at the 2018 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at Rauch Fieldhouse on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

Admission is $5.00 on Friday and $7.00 on Saturday for adults, with student admission $2.00 on Friday and $4.00 on Saturday.  All-session passes are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.

Both Mustang teams are expected to contend for their first-ever conference championships this weekend, with the men being picked first in the pre-championship poll released earlier this week, with the women tabbed second.  Both teams finished fourth a season ago.

On the men's side, Stevenson features a deep roster of sprinters.  In the 60-meter dash, junior Matt Riggins holds the fastest time in the conference this season at 7.02 seconds, while Kendall Belser and Aaron Holliday have each posted a 7.05.  Dereck Davis has a 7.10, the fifth-best time in the conference in the event.  In the 200, Belser (22.83) and Davis (23.00), rank second and fourth, with Vladhimir Theophile sitting seventh (23.10).  Belser and Theophile also own the fourth and fifth-best times in the 400.

Sophomore Iddriss Iddriss holds the second-best effort in the 800 at 1:58.50, while Sean Dodson is fourth.  Dodson is also third in the 500 at 1:08.64.  Junior Langston Gash owns the conference's top time in the mile (4:20.39) and is second in the 3000 (8:39.87) and fourth in the 5000 (15:06.37).  Sophomore Patrick Watson is eighth in the mile, fifth in the 3000 and sixth in the 5000 to date.

Stevenson owns the top time in the 4x400 (3:24.86) set at the Bison Open, while the 4x200 relay team is slotted third.

Dimeon Wright sits third in the long jump (7.04m), while Ritchie Case is fifth (6.59m).  Case also has the conference's best heptathlon effort, as he collected 4,414 points at the Bison Open.  Wright is also third in the triple jump (14.09m), while Adam Diabagate is fifth at 13.47m.  Maurice Johnson is slotted first in the shot put (14.80m), while Curtis McInnis owns the third-best weight throw in the conference at 15.09 meters.

For the women, Kimberly Hammond is seeded first in the 60 meter dash after her 8.03 second effort at the Bison Open and seventh in the 200 (27.32 seconds).  Shayri Perez is slotted fourth at 8.18 seconds.  The Mustangs are ranked first in both the 4x200 (1:49.30) and the 4x400 (4:11.58).  Freshman Rachel Panek is fourth in the 60 hurdles (9.48), sixth in the high jump (1.51m) and has the third-best pentathlon performance, collecting 2,511 points back in January.

Hammond and Dyonne Hicks sit 1-2 in the long jump, posting performances of 5.43 meters and 5.26 meters during the season.  Hicks is also slotted sixth in the 60 hurdles and fifth in the triple jump (10.18m).

The Mustangs feature a strong contingent of throwers, as Jess Rega (13.07m), Danika Ani (12.67m) and Kiarra Nowell (11.55m) are second, fourth, and seventh, respectively, in the shot put, while Ani is third in the weight throw (14.24m), with Lauren Dioses (14.93m) second and Allison Bishop (14.16m) fourth.  Rega sits seventh in the weight throw at 13.57 meters.