The Meridian Community College Track and Field team recently competed in the 2019 NJCAA National Championships in Hobbs, NM. The Eagle men, led by Head Coach Chip Gayden, finished 17th in the nation. Eagles sprinter Leander Forbes finished second in the 400m event and helped lead the 4x400m relay team to a second place finish.
Forbes finished second in the 400m run with a time of 45.81. This time broke the previous school record. The 4x400m relay team finished with a time of 3:12.26. This team consisted of Marcus Jackson, Demeyers Morrow, Tyrese Ivy, and Forbes. Antuane Dennard, Tavian Clark, Diondra Larkin, Alexand’rail Jackson, and Marquania Rowell also competed for the Eagles.
“I thought we competed well. When you go into a windy event it’s a huge adjustment and I thought we adjusted well. Normally Leander’s time would win the 400m but some years you just don’t catch the breaks. I’m very happy with our times. We broke school records and set some personal best. I couldn’t be more proud of how everyone competed.” Said Head Coach Chip Gayden.
The Eagles are looking to build on their successful 2019 season. The Eagles will bring in a highly regarded signing class in the fall to continue to build on this seasons success.