Michael James excelling on track and in the classroom

Michael James excelling on track and in the classroom
Michael James
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Michael James

Soon to be 24 years old, Michael James has been having a season for the ages, having already set two new National Records this year, and challenging for a third.

The Leon Hess Comprehensive alumnus has complemented that with solid work in the classroom, as he is now in the latter stages of his bachelor’s degree studies at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

This weekend at Greensboro, North Carolina, Michael competed at the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Coppin State placed seventh overall with 55 points, and had four named to the All-MEAC Team, as well as an individual champion.

Michael was one of a trio of Eagles in the men’s 800m finals, and he led the scoring. Second overall, he ran 1:50.30 (his 1:50.78 was fastest in qualifying) and junior Mark London finished third at 1:51.19. Junior Ronaldo Ball (1:57.26) placed seventh as Coppin State collected 16 total points in that event.

The Coppin State men’s 4x400m relay team was disqualified, but Michael was named to the All-MEAC Second Team.

Meanwhile, the former IAAF World Junior Championships competitor was one of six Coppin State men’s track and field student-athletes named to the 2016 MEAC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team.

MEAC recognises student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, including sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as transfer student-athletes, who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all of our outdoor track and field student-athletes who have maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during the academic school year,” said Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas. “I would also like to acknowledge the accomplishments of these student-athletes, the athletic academic support staffs, the coaches and the parents who all contributed to their academic success.”

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