2022 CIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Set to Begin in Bowie, MD on Friday
By: Ben Baxter
Schedule of Events
2022 CIAA Outdoor Track & Field Performance List
NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Qualifying List
CHARLOTTE, NC – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) opens its Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend on the campus of Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland. The two-day event features eleven women’s and nine men’s teams competing for the CIAA title. Competition begins Friday, May 6 at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Saturday, May 7.
This year marks the 42nd year that the CIAA will crown a women’s champion and the 99th time on the men’s side.
This year’s women’s field is led by Fayetteville State, who enters the meet ranked eighth in the Atlantic Region by the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in the latest poll. Led by head coach Inez Turner, the Broncos, fresh off winning the conference title during this past indoor season, will be looking to secure their first CIAA outdoor championship in school history.
Turner and the Lady Broncos feature two NCAA provisional qualifiers this outdoor season in seniors Mya Johnson and Shania Ingram. Johnson currently ranks top 17 nationally and first in the Atlantic Region in the 400-meter hurdles and leads the conference in the 100-meter hurdles while Ingram is top three in the Atlantic Region and 21st nationally in the high jump. FSU also possess the league’s fastest 4×400-meter relay team featuring Johnson, Queen Burnett, Teanna Bell, and Shenae Ingram, twin sister of Shania.
To complete their historic run, FSU will need to fend off a field that features three other teams ranked within the top 20 of the Atlantic Region to include Johnson C. Smith (11th), defending CIAA champion Winston-Salem State (18th), and Claflin (20th). JCSU (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016), WSSU (2017, 2019), SAU (2010, 2015, 2018) and Virginia State (2012) have each claimed at least one conference title over the past 10 championships.
The women’s conference championship field is also equipped with several other NCAA Division II provisional qualifiers, including Johnson C. Smith’s Nyasia Weatherly (100 meters) along with Claflin duo Zoe Adams (400 meters) and Zara Nelson (discus). All three athletes rank top three or better in the region in their respective events while Nelson also ranks 17th nationally in the discus.
Johnson C. Smith, ranked sixth in the Atlantic Region by USTFCCA, comes in as the favorite on the men’s side to win the conference title. The Golden Bulls will be seeking their first conference title since 1971 and look to end the dominant reign of Saint Augustine’s, who currently ranks 11th in the region and have won 22 straight CIAA men’s outdoor conference titles.
JCSU is led by a trio of NCAA provisional qualifiers in Asante Fazarro, who ranks third in Atlantic Region in the 100 meters, along with Justin Steele and Warren Williams, who rank first in 200 meters and second in the 110-meter hurdles respectively. The Golden Bulls also feature the conference’s top 4×100-meter relay team (Fazarro, Steele, Stephan Dill, and Alexander Chapman) and the league’s second-fastest 4×400-meter relay team (Steele, Terry Towah, Kymali Hay, and Jalen Jackson), both posting NCAA provisional qualifying times.
Looking to hold off the JCSU and unseat SAU will be several teams that rank within the top 25 of the Atlantic Region to include Virginia State (12th), Lincoln (18th), Claflin (24th) and Livingstone (25th).
The men’s field features several other provisional qualifiers to include SAU 400-meter hurdle duo Sean Kalawan and Robert Walker as well as the Falcons 4×400-meter relay team of Kalawan, Walker, Bethwel Cheruiyot, and Jarvis Dudley, who own the CIAA’s fastest time this outdoor season. Lincoln’s Glenn Butler (high jump) and Virginia Union’s Jordan Peebles (triple jump) make up the NCAA provisional qualifiers in men’s field events across the conference.
Live results will be provided by SNAP Timing throughout the championship and can be viewed HERE. For all information on the 2022 CIAA Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championship, please visit the landing page HERE.
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