By Jason Pompey
Virginia State University’s men’s and women’s track & field teams competed this past weekend at the Fred Hardy Invitational, hosted by the University of Richmond.
Prince Owusu-Mensah (freshman/ Garfield, VA) finished third overall in the men’s 800m with a NCAA Provisional Mark of 1:52.07, which currently places him third in the nation after this week’s competition. Transfer Jarius Reed (sophomore/ Newport News, VA) in his first shot at the 400m hurdles, posted a time of 53.47, which placed him second overall and places him on the NCAA list as well. For the women, Samantha Edwards (senior/ Elmont, NY) won the women’s 200m in a NCAA provisional time and new meet record of 23.83, which stands as the fastest time in NCAA Div II after this weekend’s competition. Taylor-Ashley Bean (freshman/ Sandys’ Bermuda) ran a time of 4:42.82 in the women’s 1500m which is a new Bermudian National Jr. Record.
Next week the Trojan teams will split and compete at the Colonial Relays hosted by the College of William & Mary as well as the Pepsi Florida Relays hosted by the University of Florida.
Trojan Tennis Team Captures CIAA Northern Division Championship
Virginia State’s men’s tennis team was crowned 2012 CIAA Northern Division Champions after their undefeated season against the CIAA Northern Divisional teams. They went 6-0 against their divisional teams; Chowan, Lincoln, and Virginia Union. Head tennis coach, Gene Thompson has guided his men’s tennis team to their fifth straight CIAA Divisional title. The Trojans are 11-7 overall, with an 11-2 conference record, and a 6-0 divisional record.
Lady Trojans Sit On Top of CIAA Northern Division Tennis Standings
Virginia State’s women’s tennis team has compiled an 8-1 divisional record, ranking the Lady Trojans first in the CIAA North. The Lady Trojans went 2-1 this past weekend after hosting Elizabeth City State, Chowan, and Bowie State at the VSU Tennis Complex.
Trojans Fall Short in Loss to Falcons, 8-7
Infielders Joshua Markins and Percy Evans had two RBI’s apiece in a close 8-7 defeat for The Trojans against the Falcons of Saint Augustine’s on Sunday, April 1 in Petersburg, VA. VSU had thirteen total hits but made five costly fielding errors in the series finale.
The Trojans and Falcons both battled in a close ball game in the third and final game of the weekend series. VSU jumped out to a quick 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the second inning. First baseman, Percy Evans (junior/ Cary, NC) hit a double to right field in the first inning scoring Joshua Markins (freshman/ Colonial Heights, VA) and Nicholas Christopher (freshman/ Dinwiddie, VA). In the second inning, Nicholas Christopher scored another run for the Trojans on a single to center field by Markins. Joshua Markins stole home plate for a score as the Falcons defense committed an error.
The Trojans move to 16-14 overall and 8-5 in the CIAA conference. VSU will travel to Durham, NC on Wednesday, April 4 to battle North Carolina Central University at 6:00 p.m.
VSU Student-Athletes Participate in Safety Day
On Friday March 30, 2012, several Virginia State University Student-Athletes participated in the VSU Annual Safety Day. Safety Day is a campus-wide program sponsored by the Counseling Center’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program that engages students, staff and community to promote personal and public safety, provide hands-on activities and increase awareness of the consequences associated with drinking and drug use and available community resources. Student-athletes from the football, softball and volleyball teams gave safety messages to educate and raise awareness among the student body. The theme, of the student-athletes’ safety messages, was “Don’t Text and Drive.”
Jason Pompey is Sports Information Officer for Virginia State University Athletics. Email: JPompey@VSU.edu