GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T track and field team will be winding down the outdoor season this Sunday with the Aggie Last Chance Meet at A&T’s Irwin Belk Track. This is the last chance members of the team will have to qualify for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., May 29-31.
Duane Ross, director of track and field programs looks forward to adding more people to the travel list for Florida after Sunday’s meet. He pointed to Jeffrey Lewis having an opportunity to qualify in the 110 hurdles and the 100 meters. Maurice Eaddy is also in contention to qualify in the 100 along with junior Marquis Noble. Noble will also be trying to qualify in the long jump.
Seven Aggies on the men’s side have already qualified to compete in the East. Four of those qualifiers – seniors Desmond Lawrence and Darryl Williams, Noble and freshman Caleb Gabriel – are on the men’s 400 meter relay. Lawrence has also qualified to run the open men’s 100.
Freshman Joshua Peoples had an outstanding time (20.82) in the men’s 200 this past weekend at the MEAC Outdoor Championship allowing him to qualify. Junior Keenan Smith has qualified in the triple jump. Freshman Todd Townsend has qualified for the men’s 400-meter hurdles and 110-meter hurdles.
Sophomore Nakita Gray plans to make her second appearance in the preliminary round in the women’s high jump. Gray is currently the only athlete from the women’s side competing in Jacksonville. Ross hopes to add two more – seniors Jessica Farr and Roshel Bygraves.
“I think they are very capable of getting in as well. We’re trying to recognize our seniors to give our kids that last opportunity to get in,” said Ross.
The field events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., and the running events will begin at noon on Sunday.
“We expect a quality competition,” said Ross. “It won’t be as big as our last competition, but it is giving our student-athletes another chance to run at home. It’s going to be good weather, another chance to see some quality competition and every race is preparation for the big races, regionals and NCAA (championships).”