Former Cavalier continues raising the bar

Published 10:27 pm Friday, May 20, 2011

State meet: St. Augustine’s junior Christopher Copeland, here during a state meet as a Lakeland Cavalier, made the 2011 CIAA Commissioner’s All-Academic Team and is getting ready as a top high jump contender for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Turlock, Calif. next week.

Saint Augustine’s junior Christopher Copeland (Lakeland) earned a place on the 2011 CIAA Commissioner’s All-Academic Team for the school year as he’s getting ready to compete in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the third straight season.

Copeland has a 3.66 GPA as a sports management major. In the 2009-10 school year, Copeland won the NCAA Div. II National Scholar Male Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Copeland’s a five-time All-American high jumper for the Falcons. He won the NCAA Div. II indoor national championship as a sophomore and is the reigning CIAA indoor and outdoor season high jump champion for 2010-11.


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The upcoming NCAA Championships are set for May 26-28 at Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock, Calif. Copeland is the No. 3-ranked high jumper going into the meet with a season-best mark of 2.19 meters (7-feet-2.25).

In his Lakeland career, Copeland won four state championships, sweeping the 2007 and 2008 indoor and outdoor high jump crowns.

Norfolk State is one of the last three baseball squads alive in the MEAC Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. but the Spartans have to go unbeaten the rest of the way after dropping an 8-0 result to Bethune-Cookman Friday afternoon.

After beating North Carolina A&T in the opening round on Wednesday, the Spartans beat Delaware State 11-1 Thursday.

Senior clean-up hitter and leftfielder John Rasberry (Lakeland/Greenbrier Christian) added a two-run single in the seventh inning to NSU’s lead on the Hornets. Rasberry went 2-for-4 at the plate in the Bethune-Cookman game.

Top-seeded Bethune-Cookman forced NSU into a last game of the loser’s bracket to be played Friday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. If the Spartans (23-28) advance through that game, they will get a rematch against Bethune-Cookman and need to beat the Wildcats twice to win the title.

Patrick Henry Community College went 2-2 in the Region X Tournament May 13-17 in Morehead City, N.C. to finish its baseball campaign with a 34-16 record.

The Patriots beat Catawba Valley 13-0 to open the tournament. Surry beat Patrick Henry 11-3, followed by PHCC beating Lenoir 9-5. Catawba Valley returned the opening blowout to eliminate the Patriots with a 9-3 loss.

Third baseman Jermaine Berry (Nansemond River) finished the season with team-high totals in batting average (.442), on-base percentage (.527), runs (48) and triples (4). Outfielder Erickson Keeton (Nansemond River) hit .379 with seven runs and five stolen bases.