Roundup: 1st-place DSU posts 7-1 mark in MEAC bowling competition

First-place Delaware State posted a 7-1 overall record in the second MEAC North bowling competition of the season this weekend to increase its lead in the division standings.

The Hornets were 4-0 in Baker competition on Sunday after winning three of four traditional games on Saturday.

Delaware State leads the MEAC North with a 14-2 record, 7-1 in both Baker and traditional contests. The Hornets are seeking their second straight division title.

DSU was undefeated in Sunday’s Baker matches, posting wins over Morgan State (892-846), Howard (931-804), MDES (933-882) and Coppin State (880-796).

In Saturday’s traditional contests, the Hornets were winners over Howard (906-750), Coppin State (967-795) and Morgan State (1038-860), and suffered their lone defeat to MDES (838-956).

Senior Elizabeth Burkholder was Delaware State’s individual leader with a total pinfall of 827 in four contests for an average of 206.8, highlighted by a top score of 230 vs. Morgan State. Chelsey Merklinger was second on the Hornets with a 194.8 average in the competition, recording a total pinfall of 779 in four games, while Alexis Neuer tallied 744 for a 186.0 average.

Delaware State (38-14) was ranked 12th in the National Tenpin Coaches Association Preseason Top 25 poll.

College basketball

WOMEN, Drexel 73, Delaware State 52: The Dragons outscored the Hornets, 41-22, in the second half to pull away to the nonconference win on Sunday.

NaJai Pollard finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, and a block for DelState.

DSU took a 25-21 lead when Syonah Williams sank a hook shot at the 6:12 mark of the second quarter. But the Dragons responded with an 11-5 run to retake the lead, 32-3, at halftime.

College indoor track & field

Wesley’s Johnson sets mark: Wesley College’s Tre’ Johnson broke the school’s indoor triple jump record at the Diplomat Open at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.

Johnson set a mark of 14.17 meters (46-6) on his final jump of the day to finish second in the event. Johnson’s mark surpassed Raymond King’s leap of 14.07 (46-2) at the Capital Athletic Conference Championships in 2014.

Local auto racing

Footbrake Nationals cancelled: For the fourth time on Sunday, U.S. 13 Dragway attempted to get the Footbrake Nationals in the record books but finally had to cancel the event.

Drying efforts due to early morning showers pushed eliminations late into the afternoon. As soon as the sun went down, what had been seasonably mild temperatures fell like a rock, taking all of the traction out of the track and forcing the cancellation of the remainder of the event.

Jr. Dragster 2 was the only division to complete eliminations while Footbrake, Combo, Street and Pro Bike winners up to that point split the remaining purse for their divisions.

In the Jr. Dragster final Cody Drummond of Laurel faced Autumn Huber of Queen Anne, Md. Huber left first but left too early and fouled.

Drummond ended his runner-up streak with a solid .055 reaction light and a run of 8.020/81.33 mph on a 7.98 dial-in to become the final winner of the season.

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