WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Tyrika Lee‘s PR in the 100 meters and freshman Martha Bissah‘s MEAC-leading 800-meter time were among the highlights in a runner-up team finish for the Norfolk State women’s track and field team at the Colonial Relays hosted by William & Mary.
Lee won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.87 seconds, more than a tenth better than her previous personal-best set last year at Morgan State (11.98). Lee also clocked a season-best time in the 200-meter dash, placing second in 24.68 seconds for the Spartans, who tallied 64 team points to finish just behind meet winner Bucknell (65).
Lee also played a key role in a pair of runner-up finishes and a sixth-place showing for the Spartans in the relays. Lee, Janay Fields, Taejah Robertson and T’Nai Wells took second in both the 4×100 relay (46.97 seconds) and the 4×200 relay (1 minute, 39.25 seconds). Lee, Fields, Bissah and Candice Higgins won their heat and took sixth overall in the sprint medley relay (4:04.98).
Bissah, the MEAC indoor champ in the 800m, ran her first race at that distance this outdoor season at W&M. She won her heat in 2 minutes, 8.45 seconds. Bissah was third overall in the field behind American’s Brianna Belo and a post-collegiate athlete. Bissah’s time is the best in the MEAC this season and ranks as the 13th-fastest in the NCAA’s East Region after the weekend.
Like Lee, Fields and Nickheila John also posted a pair of top-10 finishes in individual events. Fields was fifth in the 100 meters in 12.16 seconds and was also seventh in the 200 in 25.28. John took fifth in the 200 (25.16) and seventh in the 400 (57.85). Robertson continued her string of recent success by finishing third in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.43 seconds.
Juniors Brianna Hayes and Tasia Baxter turned in the best finishes for the Spartans in the field events. Hayes cleared 5-3 for 15th place in the high jump, and Baxter matched her season-best with a height of 10-6 in the pole vault.
The Spartans are off next weekend before returning to action at the Charlotte 49er Invitational in two weeks.