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By DAMIAN ALEXANDER
Special to South Florida Times
Florida Memorial Men's & Women's track and field team
closed out a successful showing at The Sun Conference
Championship on Sunday, as both teams finished among the
top teams in the Conference. The women placed 7thoverall with
48 points, while the Men scored 57 points for 5th overall. The
2015 Sun Conference Championship was held on the campus of
Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Brittany Starling captured her first conference title
crown by racing to first place in the 100-meter dash finals
in 12.27 and 25.93 in the 200-meter for 6th placed.
Gerrard Burrows shines in the men's Discus
Throw, taking 1st place in a throw of 47.21 me-
ters and Gerrard Burrows also came with a
6th placed finish in the Men's Shot Put with a
toss of 13.16 meters.
The women's 4 X 100 relay team consisting
of Brittany Starling, Wilsandley Jacques,Mya Carr and Neuge-
nia Joseph placed 5th in 50.20 and the women's 4 X 400 relay
team consisting of Brittany Starling, Wilsandley Jacques, Jayna
Baldwin and Neugenia Joseph cross the finish line in a time
of 4:18.36 for 5th placed.
In the Women's Shot Put Eunique Byrd placed 3rd in a throw
of 11.61m and had a throw of 28.85m in the Women's Discus.
Knight Corion placed second in the Men's High Jump in a leap
of 2.06m and Samuel Dorismond Placed 3rd in a leap of 1.91m.
Also performing well for the Lions was James Cochran, who
achieved a season's best in the 400m Hurdles in a time of 58.98
seconds and Rashard Jones ran a season's best time of 102.57
seconds. In the Men's Triple Jump Willi Anstral placed second
in a leap of 13.45m and came back later to place 9th in the Men's
Long Jump in a leap of 6.01m. The Lions and Lady Lions picked
up 21 All-Conference Team Honors and 2 Conference Titles.
Florida Memorial University Track and Field will return to
action on April 27, 2015, when they Travel to Miramar, FL to take
part in the Multicultural Games.
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FMU continues its consistent
effort to excel in track and ﬁeld
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By KYLE HIGHTOWER
ORLANDO --- Major League
Baseball maintained its grades
for its racial and gender hiring
practices, while its percent-
age of African-American
players remained only
slightly above a study's
low set in the 2007 sea-
son.The annual report
by Richard Lapchick's
Institute for Diversity
and Ethics in Sport at
the University of Central
Florida gave MLB an A
grade in racial hiring and C
in gender hiring.
The rosters on open-
ing day featured 8.3 percent
of players who identified as
African-American, a slight in-
crease from 8.2 percent last
year, which equaled the study
low set in 2007. It has not been
10 percent since 2002.
identifying as a
dropped 10 percentage points from 16.7
percent (five total) in 2014 to 6.7 (two total)
There were also only two Latino, one Af-
rican-American and one Asian general man-
ager at the start of this season.
In April 2013, MLB instituted a task force
to consider ways to increase diversity in the
game, especially among African-American
Lapchick thinks it is a crucial time for
baseball in its efforts to draw more African-
American players into the sport, but predicts
it will take time for some of its current diver-
sity initiatives to have an impact.
"I think that these numbers aren't going to
change in the next few years at best because
pipeline so void at the Little League, college
and minor league levels,'' Lapchick said. "It's
just not there for African-American young
people. Baseball has started to increase the
numbers at those levels, but not where we
will see it in Major League Baseball in the
short term. If it's going to come it will come
in the long term.''
Overall, at total of 41.2 percent of players
in the major leagues are made of up minori-
ties, which Lapchick said is a positive reflec-
tion of America as a whole. The number of
Latino players saw a slight percentage point
increase from 28.4 in 2014 to 29.3 in 2015.
According to MLB, of the 538 front-
office employees in its league of-
fice, 9.5 percent (51) are African-
American, 12.8 percent (69) are
Latino, 3.2 percent (17) are
Asian and 2.2 percent
(12) were classified as
American Indian and
"two or more races.''
The number of
women in the league office is 29.4 percent
(158), just slightly down from 30 percent
(157) in 2014. The percentage of women in
the league office has declined each year
since 2006, when it was 42.9 percent.
Lapchick thinks baseball can begin to see
an increase in the hiring of women if adopts a
mandate similar to the one former Commis-
sioner Bud Selig made in 1999 that requires
teams to interview at least one person of col-
or for open managerial positions.
"I think across all report cards we see,
only the NBA has done well in terms of gen-
der hiring,'' Lapchick said. ``Pressure has
been on in racial hiring in all sports and that's
why grades have been high. I don't think
there's an equal amount of pressure to hire
more women in all professional sports and in
college. There simply needs to be more pres-
sure to include more women.''
Study: MLB racial and gender hiring numbers remain stagnant
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