CLEMSON, S.C. - In their first meet back after the New Year, the North Carolina A&T men's and women's track and field teams came away with a first-place finish and a personal best at the 2012 Tiger Classic hosted by Clemson University on Friday. In addition, junior sprinter Roshel Bygraves continued her hot start. The A&T women had eight top-5 finishes, while the men collected six.
Sophomore jumper Kendrick Smith won the men's triple jump with a 48-foot, 6-inch jump. He also placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 22-feet, 7-inches. It was Smith's first indoor win of his career. Sophomore Demetrius Green also had an excellent start for 2013. His throw of 46-feet, 2-inches earned him a third-place finish in the men's shot put.
The Aggies also had good showings in the distance and mid-distance races. Sophomore Christian Harrison placed fourth in the mile as he completed the four laps in 4:30.46. Parris Simmons, who missed the cross country season with injury, looked strong in the men's 800 meters as he placed fourth in 1:56.56. Sprinter Darryl Williams also had a top-5 finish as he came in fifth in the men's 60 meters with a time of 6.87.
On the women's side, Greensboro native and senior Jessica Farr put together a personal best in the 200 meters. Her time of 25.09 earned her a fourth place finish. Meanwhile, teammate Roshel Bygraves posted the third best time in the MEAC this indoor season in the 400 meter dash as her time of 56.61 was good enough for third. Bygraves also competed in the 200 and she was one-fourth of the Aggies 4x40 meter relay team that finished in 3:53.67 for third place.
Freshman Nakita Gray placed second in the women's high jump as her best effort yielded a mark of 5-feet, 4 ½ - inches. Fellow freshman Tiffany Ellick had a nice showing in the jumps. She placed fourth in the triple jump (37-feet, 7 ¼ inches) and fifth in the long jump (17-feet, 6-inches). Juanita Weaver had a third-place finish in the shot put. Her best throw was 40-feet, 11-inches.
"We consider every meet to be important," said Duane Ross, the A&T director of track and field programs. "This meet allowed our student-athletes to get back into their rhythm ahead of Virginia Tech next weekend. It's was a low key but competitive competition that gave our young athletes a chance to work on things in a competition setting, and allowed our veterans a chance to get an early start to the season."
The Aggies will compete in the Virginia Tech Invitational Jan. 18-19 in Blacksburg, Va.