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Howard track leads MEAC in NCAA East Regional Qualifiers

Howard rules the MEAC with 16 qualifying athletes in the NCAA track and field first round preliminaries

Courtesy of Howard Athletics

INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2023) – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) unveiled its Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships First Round Preliminaries where Howard University led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with more than a dozen Bison. The announcement came Thursday afternoon.
Overall, HU saw 16 Bison on the qualifier list, including 11 student-athletes competing individually. Furthermore, The Mecca is the only institution in the league with a relay squad making the cut (men’s 4×100 and women’s 4×400).


Below are the following student-athletes representing HU in Jacksonville (alphabetical order by last name):

  • Dylan Beard – Graduate (Baltimore)
    • 110-meter hurdles
      • 13.29
      • 2nd in the nation
  • Jermanie Byrd – Senior (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
    • 110-meter hurdles
      • 13.69
      • 23rd in the region
      • 24th in the country
  • Kameron Davis – Senior (Miami)
    • 110-meter hurdles
      • 13.81
      • 30th in the region
      • 34th in the nation
  • Ashton Daniel – Senior (Athens, Ga.)
    • 200-meter dash
      • 20.71
      • 38th in the region
      • 43rd in the country
  • Chase Drewery – Sophomore (Waldorf, Md.)
    • Triple Jump
      • 15.43 meters
      • 30th in the region
      • 32nd in the country
  • Kaya-Rae Dunbar – Junior (Burtonsville, Md.)
    • 100-meter hurdles
      • 13.40
      • 36th in the region
      • 38th in the country
  • Zachary Hawkins – Junior (Lithonia, Ga.)
    • 110-meter hurdles
      • 13.92
      • 45th in the region
      • 49th in the country
  • Darci Khan – Junior (Stockbridge, Ga.)
    • 100-meter hurdles
      • 12.96
      • 9th in the nation
  • Tiffani-Rae Pittman – Sophomore (Bowie, Md.)
    • 100-meter dash
      • 11.45
      • T-44th in the region
    • 200-meter dash
      • 23.29
      • 43rd in the region
  • Aniya Woodruff – Freshman (Harrisburn, N.C.)
    • 400-meter hurdles
      • 58.37
      • 32nd in the region
      • 36th in the nation
  • Jessica Wright – Senior (Durham, N.C.)
    • 400-meter hurdles
      • 55.81
      • 4th in the nation
  • Men’s 4×100 Relay Squad
  • Women’s 4×00 Relay Squad
    • 3:31.24 – Wright, Woodruff, Pittman & Kiya Lawson (Freshman; Montclair, N.J.)
    • 9th in the region
    • 12th in the country

The first-round competitions are scheduled for May 24-27. The University of North Florida (Jacksonville, Fla.) will host the East First Round and California State University, Sacramento and the Sacramento Sports Commission (Sacramento, Calif.) will host the West First Round.
The qualifiers out of these two regions will compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held June 7-10 in Austin, Texas.

Howard track leads MEAC in NCAA East Regional Qualifiers
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