HBCU Sports: Coppin State NCAA Track Recap


— The outstanding seasons ended for Shane Green and Deandra Daniel at the 2015 NCAA Division I Track & Field East Region Preliminary Championships at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida Saturday night.

Green was 26th overall in the triple jump with an effort of 15.08 meters (49 feet, 5.75 inches). Battling an injury for much of the outdoor season, Daniel wasn’t herself and finished 33rd in the high jump after clearing 1.70 meters (5-7).

Despite the bittersweet ending, both athletes brought tremendous pride and honor to Coppin State with their consistently excellent performances during the season. It’s never easy to reach this point of the season and both athletes were able to accomplish that.

Nothing can ease the sting of the tough performances here. However, when the hurt subsides, Green and Daniel will have plenty to be proud of. They are two of the best ever athletes to ever compete for Coppin State.

Green earned All-MEAC honors in the triple jump after finishing third at the championship meet in Greensboro on May 2. Six days later, Green soared a personal best 15.58 meters and was part of a school record-setting 4 x 100-meter relay team at the Don Webster Invitational (40.32 seconds). Green finished fourth at the IC4A/ECAC championship meet in the triple jump, a performance that helped him land a spot on the IC4A All-East team.

Daniel captured her sixth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) high jump championship. Daniel was third at the ECAC/IC4A championships two weeks ago. During the indoor season, Daniel was phenomenal. She earned All-American honors after placing third in the NCAA Championship meet in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Daniel tied her personal best and school record mark of 1.87 meters (6 feet, 1.5 inches) to claim a bronze medal in her signature event. Daniel was named the 2015 Coppin State Female Athlete of the Year and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.