Hawks ready for MEAC’s after Rmidi Kinini ends regular season
Khalil Rmidi Kinini is just one of 31 Hawks traveling for the MEAC Championships this weekend
Feb. 15, 2017

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — Senior runner Khalil Rmidi Kinini (Malaga, Spain) closed out the Hawks’ regular season with a trip up to Boston to participate in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. He came home with a school record time of 8:04.28 in the 3000 meter run, setting him and the Hawks up nicely for the upcoming Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Rmidi Kinini broke the school record in the 3000 for the fourth time since his arrival on campus in 2013. Originally held by Amon Kiprotich, who ran the 3K in 8:34.83 back in 2008, it was first broken by Rmidi Kinini his freshman year with a time of 8:25.91. He broke it twice his sophomore year, including the mark of 8:09.34, which he surpassed this past Saturday.

In addition to the new school record, Rmidi Kinini also won the MEAC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honor for the third time this season.

The senior will be one of 31 athletes heading to Landover, Maryland for the 2017 MEAC Championships. The three day meet begins Thursday and conclude on Saturday, with ESPN3 offering coverage of the final day. Live stats will also be provided throughout the Championships.



Last season the Hawk men captured third place with a total of 103.5 points and the women placed sixth with 55.33 points. The men earned the bulk of their points in the distance races, while the women used a combination of mid-distance, relays, and jumps to receive their total. With the intent of improving those goals, Maryland Eastern Shore is sending 15 women and 16 men to the meet. They will range in a variety of events, both on the track and in the field.

A victory will be the first for either side since the 2008 season, when the women were crowned co-champions. The men’s last indoor track title came in 1997.

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