Aggies Complete Meets in Gainesville, High Point
GAINESVILLE, Fla./HIGH POINT (April 1, 2017) – Saturday was short for the North Carolina A&T men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams at the Pepsi Florida Relays. Saturday was centered on relay events, but the relays did not work in the Aggies favor. The women’s sprint medley did not complete their race and women’s 4x100 was disqualified for a rules violation. Sophomore triple jumpers Lasheon Strozier and freshman Anisa Toppin had good showings. Strozier placed fifth in the men’s triple jump with a personal record mark of 51-feet, 3 ¾-inches. Toppin finished 16th in the women’s triple with a leap of 40-feet, ½-inch.
As for the athletes in High Point at the HPU VertKlasse Meeting, the freshmen continued to show promise in their debuts with nearly everyone taking top-10 in their individual events. Kaylan Love had the highest ranking of the day as he sprinted 49.52 in the 400 meters and claimed second over 63 competitors. Also on the men’s side, Najee Reams placed fourth in the 400m dash in 48.71 and fifth in the 200m in 21.94. Coy Brown was seventh in the 800m in 1:57.01 and David Thompson placed 10th in the 400 meter hurdles by sprinting 58.53. Jaylen Mitchell was the last freshman on the men’s side to debut on Saturday. He finished ninth in the 100m dash (10.83) and 10th in the 200m dash (22.09).
As for the freshman women, Thailia Travers had the best day, finishing fourth against 92 runners in the 200m with a time of 25.09. She sprinted 11.96 in the 100m for fifth. G’Jasymne Butler and Khadijah Reid were the only other freshmen running Saturday. Butler marked 2:14.83 in the 800m dash and placed sixth while Reid took 12th in the in the same event in 2:21.35.
Duane Ross, the Aggies director of track and field programs, said his teams showed progress with numerous PRs in Florida and High Point. Five weeks before the 2017 MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be held at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track for the ninth straight season, Ross said he is pleased with what his teams are doing.