Former Cavs are on track

Published 10:56 pm Tuesday, June 1, 2010

St. Augustine’s sophomore Chris Copeland (Lakeland) finished second in the nation in the high jump, missing out on the national title only by a tie-breaking jump-off, at the NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Charlotte Saturday.

Copeland and Hoova Taylor of Virginia State were the only two jumpers to clear 7-feet-2.25 and both had the same number of misses at lower heights. Taylor won the jump-off to win the championship.

St. Augustine’s won the team championship. Copeland won the NCAA Div. II Indoor Track and Field high jump championship earlier this year. He earned his fourth All-American award, out of his four collegiate seasons, with his finish Saturday.

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Copeland’s qualified for the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake University June 25-27.

Hampton University’s men’s 4×100 relay team set a new school record for the second time in a matter of weeks, with junior Predist Walker (Lakeland) as one leg of the Pirate relay, Saturday in the NCAA East Region Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Hampton’s new mark was 39.55 seconds. The Pirates finished ninth in the meet and qualified for the NCAA Championships set for June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.