VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (February 22, 2022) – South Carolina State’s Jada Banks, Monday, captured the first gold medal of the MEAC Indoor Championship in a school-record time of 18:3.14, lapping the field in the process and earning 10 points for her team. Her Lady Bulldog teammate Ashanti Meyers was sixth in the event with a clocking of 20:25.9, earning Coach Jerod Wims‘ team a total of 13 points.

Also earning points for SC State on Monday was Erick Hill, who was seventh in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.16 meters (23-6 ft.).

SC State has its largest contingent in a number of years in Virginia Beach and the MEAC Indoor Championships, which are being contested at the Virginia Beach Sports Center. Sixteen men and 15 women are among the competitors.

The Howard women and Howard and Norfolk State men took the early lead in the team standings after Day 1. The Lady Bison hold a slim 22-19 lead over Morgan State in the women’s standings through two scored events, with SC State in third with 13 points. Norfolk State (11), Maryland Eastern Shore (10) and North Carolina Central round out the women’s standings.

On the men’s side, Howard and Norfolk State are tied with 20 points apiece after two scored events. Morgan State is third with 18 points, followed by Coppin State (10), Delaware State (6), South Carolina State (3) and North Carolina Central (1).

The championships continue on Tuesday morning and will conclude on Wednesday.