|Spring sports off and running|
|Published Friday, February 17, 2017|
Johnson C. Smith women won their first CIAA indoor track and field championship. Fellan Ferguson of Kingston, Jamaica, was named female track athlete of the year after victories in the mile, 3000-meter run and 800 meters. Ferguson broke the CIAA record in the 3000m by almost 14 seconds with a time of 11:22.14. Winston-Salem State was second.
The Eagles lost their fifth straight match in a shutout to Towson 7-0. NCCU hosts Campbell Saturday at noon.
In softball, NCCU (1-3) takes its show on the road to Elon Saturday before heading to Gardner-Webb next Thursday. The Eagles lone win is a 6-4 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore Feb. 10.
The Falcons finished third at last weekend’s CIAA Championships. Senior Shakera Hall took field most valuable player with a victory in the Pentathlon, third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump.
After dropping a 19-0 contest to Meredith College in their softball season opener, the Bears rebounded to take the second game of the doubleheader 5-1. Freshman pitcher Bailey Nixon earned the win by allowing six hits, three strikeouts, one run and one error.
Shaw hosts Salem International Saturday at Worthdale Park.
In tennis, Shaw (1-0) travels to Pfeiffer this weekend to end its February schedule.
The Eagles were no match for their Bull City neighbors, losing to Duke in tennis 7-0. They host Liberty today at 2 p.m.
In baseball, NCCU opens its season Saturday in a three-game series versus Navy at Durham Athletic Park. The Eagles will play at home through Feb. 26. Duke comes over on Tuesday at 4 p.m., followed by Iona College next Friday and Saturday.
The Falcons are CIAA indoor track champs for the 20th straight season. SAU, which almost always trails after the first day of competition, roared on Day 2 to overwhelm second-place Virginia State and third-place Virginia Union.
Senior Immanuel Hutchinson was named most valuable player after winning the mile, 5,000-meter run and assisting in the winning medley relay squad.
Junior Jumonne Exeter was named the CIAA Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. The two-time All-American is first in the conference in both the long jump and the triple jump, and ranks fifth in NCAA Division II in the triple jump.
In baseball, the Falcons split a doubleheader against Claflin Sunday, winning the first contest 4-1 before dropping the second 17-8.
Still, SAU took three of four in the series, including last weekend’s doubleheader sweep, 13-1, 13-4. The team travels to Benedict Saturday for a doubleheader.
The Bears open their tennis season Saturday at Pfeiffer.
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