GREENSBORO (May 4, 2018) – N.C. A&T women’s track and field are headed in the right direction as they seek back-to-back MEAC Outdoor Championships. The Aggies won gold in the shot put and obtained a silver in the long jump, hammer and the high jump during the 2018 MEAC Outdoor Championships Friday at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track.
Fourteen Lady Aggies qualified for Saturday’s finals and 12 recorded personal records over the first two days of the championships. After eight events scored the Aggies have 45 points ranking fourth in the team standings. Florida A&M (113.50) is the current leader, Bethune-Cookman (51.50) is second and Hampton (47) is third.
Freshman Loren James won the women’s shot put by measuring a personal-best 48-feet, 8 ¾-inches on her opening throw. James won the event by 1 ½ inches after entering the outdoor championships ranked fourth on the conference list.
Sophomore Madeleine Akobundu took silver in the women’s long jump at 20-feet, 1 ½-inches. This was her second farthest mark of the season in the long jump. Akobundu won the MEAC long jump title last season at 19-feet, 10 ¾-inches. Senior Imani Abraham earned silver in the women’s hammer throw notching a personal-best 48-feet, 8 ¾- inches.
N.C. A&T heads into Saturday’s finals with the three fastest times in the women’s 100m hurdle preliminaries. Junior Kayla White (12.92) tied her personal record with the top prelim time. Akobundu (13.31) was second and sophomore TeJyrica Robinson (13.62) was third.
Sophomore Tori Ray led a trio of Aggies in the women’s 400m prelims claiming the fastest time with a personal-best 53.65. Sophomore Sun-Sara Williams jumped to third on the MEAC list clocking a personal-record 54.29 ranking fourth during the prelims while freshman Nia Lundy was fifth at 54.41.
In the women’s 100m prelims, White (11.30) and India Brown (11.41) ran the two fastest times going into Saturday. Brown recorded a season-best time to place second. Two Aggies advanced in the women’s 800m prelims. Sophomore Kristoni Barnes was second with a time of 2:09.76 and sophomore G’Jasmyne Butler was sixth at 2:11.29.
Freshman Nazah Reddick kicked off the Aggies championship run with a silver medal in the women’s high jump on Thursday with a personal-best 5-feet, 7 ¾-inches.
White and Brown made the 200m final. White ran a personal-record 23.21 while Brown clocked 23.50 for her second-fastest time of the season.
Junior Kennedy Thorne (1:00.14) and Robinson (1:01.32) advanced to the 400mh finals. Thorne is ranked second after the prelims while Robinson ran a personal record to place sixth.
The final day of the 2018 MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships is Saturday at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track. The Aggie women along with the men are trying to make N.C. A&T the first MEAC school to win back-to-back MEAC titles in men’s and women’s indoor and men’s and women’s outdoor.