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Irwin Belk Track Will Be Buzzing This Weekend

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 04/10/2013
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Sophomore Christian Harrison has the best 800 meter time in the conference this season. Photo by Dr. Michael Simmons
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information

GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T track and field teams will be competing at Irwin Belk Track as the Aggies will host the Aggie Invitational, Friday and Saturday.

The Aggies will host the Aggie Invitational, the MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships (May 3-4) and the Aggie Last Chance meet (May 12) before hosting the 2013 NCAA East Preliminary Round, May 23-25.

The first field event for the Aggie Invitational – the men’s javelin throw  – will start 1 p.m., Friday. The preliminaries for the women’s 100 meter hurdles, the first running event, will start at 4 p.m. The meet continues on Saturday with the first event beginning at 10 a.m.  There will be a pause in the action at 1 p.m., on Saturday as the Aggies will honor their seniors on Senior Day. Seven women (Janessa Benn, Ariana Betts, Sydni Cobb, Samira Johnson, Kristin Rush, Sherice Walker and Juanita Weaver) are scheduled to be honored, while three individuals (Steve Liggins, Darryl Williams and Torrance Womack) are slated to be honored on the men’s side.

On the track, the Aggies will be trying to sustain some recent momentum, including Nakita Gray’s first-place finish in the women’s high jump at the Duke Invitational this past weekend. Janessa Benn, one of the seniors being honored on Saturday, is starting to emerge as a contender for MEAC gold in a distance race. Benn finished second at the MEAC championships last season in the 3000 meter steeplechase. She is coming off of a 4:41.48 in the 1500 meters last weekend at Duke.

Aggie fans will also be able to see a great group of female throwers on A&T’s team as Sydni Cobb, Juanita Weaver, Demetria Dickens and Sherri Owens.

Desmond Lawrence should also be exciting for Aggie fans to watch as he starts to emerge as an elite 100 meter runner. Lawrence ran a 10.56 in the men’s 100 at the Florida Relays on April 4. Teammate and sophomore Christian Harrison also excelled at the Duke Invitational on April 5 when he ran a 1:50.23 in the 800 meters. It is the best time in the MEAC this season.

Sophomore Marquis Noble has also emerged as an athlete who can do a number of things for the Aggies. Noble can be another sprinter for the Aggies, but his expertise is in the jumps. He jumped 23-feet, 11.5-inches in the men’s long jump at the Raleigh Relays.   The meet will conclude with some exciting relays. 

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