With outdoor track & field season underway, here are the top HBCU Division I performers as of March 29.

The MEAC leads the way with nine student-athletes and one relay team ranked among the top 20 nationally in its respective events. The SWAC features six athletes and a relay team ranked while Tennessee State has one student-athlete in the top 20.


In the MEAC, the South Carolina State men’s tandem of Demek Kemp and Tyrell Richard are poised once again to do big things as Kemp ranks third in the 100 (10.25) while Richard is second in the 200 (20.65). Florida A&M is led by its women’s distance crew with four runners ranked in the 10,000.

Over in the SWAC, the East side of the conference has jumped ahead early as Mississippi Valley State’s Christopher Bailey ranks 10th nationally in the 400 while Jackson State’s Azariah Foster is the top hurdler at this point with a pair of national rankings. To no surprise, Alabama State features several athletes ranked nationally on the women’s side.

Here are the top performers and marks as of March 29

100-Meter Dash
3. Demek Kemp (South Carolina State) 10.25

200-Meter Dash

2. Tyrell Richard (South Carolina State) 20.65
17. Trevor Stewart (North Carolina A&T) 21.00

400-Meter Dash

10. Christopher Bailey (Mississippi Valley) 46.57
18. Jonathon Sawyer (Grambling State) 46.93

110 Hurdles

15. Azariah Foster (Jackson State) 14.00

400 Hurdles

19. Azariah Foster (Jackson State) 52.12

Triple Jump

4. R’Lazon Brumfield (Tennessee State) 52-0

High Jump

18. Marvin Jones (N.C. Central) 6-10.75

Long Jump

13. Jamie Brown (Alabama State) 24-9

10,000

3. Shalet Mitei (Florida A&M) 37:06.62
5. Emmax Kiplagat (Florida A&M) 38:02.02
8. Nancy Murgor (Florida A&M) 38:33.44
14. Mercy Rotich (Florida A&M) 39:16.80

100 Hurdles

16. TeJyrica Robinson (North Carolina A&T) 13.5
18. Shamaria Lovett (Alabama State) 59.99

4×100-Meter Relay

18. Alabama State 45.03

Mile Relay

15. Morgan State 3:41.15

About The Author

Ryan McGinty is an HBCU athletics media relations consultant and a graduate of Prairie View A&M University.

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