BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- North Carolina A&T women's track and field standout Jenea McCammon has already had an impressive career. A year ago, she became the first Aggie to advance to the finals of a USATF event.
This season, she is looking to add NCAA Championship finalist to her list of accolades. On Thursday, McCammon (Soph., Greenbelt, Md.) qualified for the semifinals of the 400 meter hurdles at the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Round at Indiana University's Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.
McCammon finished with a time of 58.74 to place 14th. McCammon competes again on Friday at 7 p.m. If she is able to post another qualifying time, she will advance to the finals of the 400 meter hurdles in Des Moines, Iowa June 8-11. There, she will have a chance to earn All-American accolades.
Two other Aggies qualified for semifinal events on Thursday. Krystin Lawson (Jr., Clinton, Md.) qualified in the women's 100 meters, and Jarrell Elliott (Jr., Winston-Salem, N.C.) advanced in the men's 400 meters.
Lawson finished with a time of 11.68. Her next race is Friday at 6 p.m. Lawson will also compete in the 4x100 meter relay along with Crystal Carrington, Jessica Farr and Ruth Hunt Saturday at 6 p.m.
Elliott made his way into the semifinals by finishing with a time of 47.89. It was Elliott's second fastest time of the season. Elliott ran a season-best 46.69 in the 400 at the Friendship & Freedom Games on April 16. If he is able to drop his time even lower, he could be making travel plans for Iowa. Elliott must prepare for two races on Friday. The 400 meter quarterfinals start at 5:45 p.m., followed by his 200 meter race at 8 p.m.
Other Aggies who competed on Thursday included men's 100 meter runners Jonathan Hancock, Torrance Womack and Darryl Williams. The Aggies were only one of three schools with three runners competing in the 100. Florida State and LSU were the other two. Although all three men failed to qualify, they all ran sub-11 second times. The three men will team with Earl House to compete in the 4x100 meters Saturday evening at 6:15.
Freshman Dotrine Jacobs, who qualified for the 400 meter hurdles two weeks ago at the Aggies' Last Chance Meet, finished 30th. Shakia Forbes placed 35th in the women's long jump.