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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lady Hornets Softball Season Wrap-Up



The Delaware State Lady Hornets softball team finished the season with a winning record despite losing to Florida A&M in the MEAC Tournament back on May 14th to end the season.

None the less, the lady hornets were picking up some impressive numbers during the 2010 season.

At the plate, Delaware State finished 2nd in the MEAC in batting average (.319), 2nd in hits (410), tied for 1st with Howard in doubles (82), and tied for 2nd with Florida A&M in walks (131).

The Lady Hornets knew what head coach Jeff Savage main goals, get runners on base and scoring runs. Why do you think Delaware State is tied in Howard in runs scored per game (6.17) and 2nd in the MEAC in hits per game (8.54)?

That answer is simple clutch hits equals clutch runs by clutch players. Jeff Savage has seven Hornets batting .300 or better:
-Jo Jo Shields (.306)

-Sherelle Sheppard (.310)

-Andrea Waters (.314)

-Breanne Parr & Janelle Lukens (.328)

-Tawny Reeger (.340)

-Rachel Carroll (.342)

-Chelsea Stern (.354)

-Jordan Reid (.456)

Plus the lady hornets have made 94 stolen bases to lead the MEAC. The reason for that success to apply runners in scoring position to score runs even it mean making sacrifice flies and bunts.

Also the lady hornets pitching staff has improve from the last two season finishing 5th in Earned Run Average (3.44) and find ways to make outs with a fielding percentage of .948 (5th in the MEAC).

I know the lady hornets will be back better than ever and bring home another MEAC Championship next spring.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Hornets Track & Field April/May Wrap-Up




Five April and May events were in the books for the Delaware State Hornets men's and women's track & field team. The Hornets are continuing to make great finishes including making history at Penn Relays.

Let start with the weekend of April 3 at the Florida Relays where the Hornet men had set a school record in the relay time of 3:17.60, nearly a second ahead of runner-up Florida (3:18.47).

Also Delaware State also took fourth place in the 1600-meter relay at the Florida meet with a time of 3:06.80.

On that same weekend some of the Hornets participants were at the University of Pennsylvania.

Eric Smith took home first place in the triple jump, topping all competitors with a leap of 14.16 meters (46-05.50) and Tyquan Brown was second in the 400-meter dash (47.77 sec.) and fourth in the 200-meter dash (21.90).

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University of Delaware Open April 11
On the ladies side this event belong to Tracey Fan Fan as she took home top 10 finishes:

-2nd in the 100-meter hurdles (15.08 seconds)

-3rd in the 400-hurdles (1:06.11)

-2nd in the 400-meter relay team (48.27 seconds)

On the men's side, the Hornet men had seven 1st place finishes:
-Ryan Carter was involved in three first place finishes the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.70 seconds, the 1600-meter relay team and anchored DSU's winning 100-meter relay squad.

Carter teamed with Tyquan Brown, Donte Holmes and Kevaughn Laviea to post a winning time of 3:15.95 seconds in the 1600 relay. He was joined by Brown, Larrone Moore and Darius Sivels on the first place 400-meter relay team.

Holmes was the winner in the 400-meter dash. He topped the field with a time of 47.86 seconds while Kelli Thibou took first place in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.25.

Eric Smith was the top performer in the triple jump. He followed his first place showing with a winning jump of 14.25 meters.

Sivels also topped all collegians in the long jump with a top leap of 6.91 meters.
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April 20
Morgan State Legacy Meet

The Lady hornets may have finished ninth in team standings but they made eight top 10finishes.

Avery Cloud-Klein had the Hornets' best performance, finishing third in the 1500-meter run with a time of 5:00.09.

Krystina Muhammad was sixth in the triple jump with a top leap of 11.26 meters (36-11.50 feet). Wendi Clark was ninth in the triple jump (10.54 m).

Dashera Richardson was seventh in the 800-meter run (2:21.28), while Nykeisha Sewell (4111 points), Kristen Johnson (4091) and Tracey Fan Fan (4040), were seventh to ninth, respectively, in the heptathlon.

Victoria McGroary was ninth in the pole vault (2.25 m).

On the men's side the Hornet men finished 4th in the standings while winning three events.

John Sutton took first place in the javelin with a top throw of 53.20 meters (174-06 feet).

Larrone Moore topped the field in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.56 seconds, while Donte Holmes posted a time of 1:52.52 to win the 800-meter run.
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Penn Relays The Weekend of April 23

The Hornet men were making their marks at the Penn Relays after finishing second in the sprint medley relay Championship of America. The DSU team of Ryan Carter, Larrone Moore, Kevaughn Laviea and Donte Holmes posted a time of 3:18.40, trailing only LSU's 3:17.65. The Hornets finished ahead of Texas A&M (fifth), Arkansas (seventh), Louisville (ninth) and Clemson (10th) in the race.

They also finished second in the IC4A 800-meter relay with a school record of 1:23.85seconds just behind first-place Hampton (1:25.85).

It marks the second time that the Hornets have established a school record in the 4x200-meter relay this outdoor season.
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The Hornet Invitational May 1

Talk about home field advantage in Alumni Stadium, both the men and lady hornets track & field team finished 1st in the overall team standings.

On the ladies side, Tracey Fan Fan took first place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.95. Fan Fan also ran the lead leg on the Hornets' first place 4x100-meter relay team. She joined Calisa Emerson, Kendra Mayers and Nykeisha Sewell to post a winning time of 47.24 seconds in the 400 relay.

Fan Fan finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.44 sec.), and ran the third leg on DSU's runner-up 4x400-meter relay team. The Hornets were clocked at a season-best 3:48.42 in the 1600-meter relay, 1/100th of a second behind first place Lincoln (3:48.42).

Dashera Richardson won the 800-meter run. Richardson topped all competitors with a time of 2:18.49.

The Hornets had second place finishes from Mayers in the 400-meter dash (56.79 sec.) and Shaquana Neils in the 5000-meter run (28:11.66) while Kristina Muhammad was third in the triple jump (11.38 meters), and Avery Cloud-Klein was third in the 1500-meter run (5:14.53).

On the men's side Larrone Moore recorded an individual win and contributed to two first place relays in the 200-meter dash (21.05 seconds), the 4x100-meter relay (41.25 seconds), and the 4x400 meter relay (3:12.16).

Donte Holmes also took first place in the 800-meter run wit a time of 1:51.86.

Other Hornet winning performances included Kevaughn Laviea and John Sutton. Laviea was clocked at 51.94 seconds to win the 400-meter hurdles, while Sutton had a top throw of 53.09 meters to win the javelin.
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The men's and lady hornets outdoor track & field team has a great season and this weekend they will tried to become MEAC Champions or finished in the top 10 at the MEAC Championships.