CIAA crowns for former Cavs

Published 10:37 pm Monday, February 14, 2011

A pair of former Cavaliers won individual CIAA championships in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend in Hampton.

St. Augustine’s junior Christopher Copeland (Lake-land) won the conference high jump title with a mark of 7-feet-0.75. St. Augustine won the team championship on the men’s side for the 13th straight season.

St. Paul’s freshman Fred Boone (Lakeland) won the pole vault with a top vault of 11-feet-7.5.


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Norfolk State’s men’s 4×400-meter relay team finished fourth in a season-best time of 3:09.4 in the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas Saturday. The Spartan relay includes sophomore James Taylor (Nansemond River).

The fourth-place result came in a field of top programs from the SEC and across NCAA Division I. The time ranks No. 13 nationally in Div. I and is the fastest time for a MEAC squad this season.

The Spartans will compete in the MEAC Championships Thursday-Saturday in Landover, Md.

Georgetown sophomore Sugar Rodgers (King’s Fork) played 43 of 45 minutes and scored 23 points but the Lady Hoyas dropped a 75-71 overtime result at St. John’s Sunday. Rodgers added six rebounds and four steals.

No. 16 Georgetown (20-6, 8-4) is off until Sunday and a trip to Chicago to face No. 10 DePaul.

In men’s Big East hoops, Georgetown beat visiting Marquette 69-60 on Sunday.

Marquette freshman Davante Gardner (King’s Fork) scored 12 points and fouled out in 10 minutes of play.

The Golden Eagles led the Hoyas 41-36 with just under 14 minutes to go.

Marquette (15-10, 6-6) hosts St. John’s Tuesday night.

Elizabeth City St. defeated Chowan 69-59 in a CIAA contest in Murfreesboro, N.C. Saturday.

Point guard Marquie Cooke (Nansemond River) had four points, seven assists and three rebounds for ECSU (15-8, 9-6).


Mark Brown (Nansemond River) led CU with 23 points and seven boards. Quinton McDuffie (Nansemond River) added 11 points and five rebounds for the Hawks (4-19, 3-12).

Boston College junior Brittany Wilkins (Nansemond-Suffolk) slugged two home runs on Friday as the Eagles got their first victory of the softball season. Both homers were two-run blasts as BC beat Stetson 8-1 in Deland, Fla.

The win was part of a five-game swing in Florida as BC started its season. Wilkins, a catcher/third baseman, hit .357 in the five games. BC finished the trip 1-4.

Junior LaTonia Gatling (King’s Fork) paced Fayetteville State’s lineup to a pair of wins, 4-2 and 4-3, over Salem International Thursday in Fayetteville, N.C.


Gatling, the leadoff hitter for the Lady Broncos, combined to go 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a walk in the doubleheader which took FSU to a 2-2 record.

Chowan’s softball team split back-to-back doubleheaders last weekend. CU hosted Anderson Saturday, losing 14-4 before turning around and getting a 3-2 win. On Sunday, Chowan lost 8-6 and won 9-6 against visiting Mercyhurst.

Senior outfielder Mindy Byrd (King’s Fork) went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, a run and a sacrifice in Saturday’s CU win.

Byrd delivered two runs and two runs batted in the win over Mercyhurst.

Chowan (2-8) will host Mount Olive Friday for a doubleheader starting at 12 p.m.