FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (February 10, 2018) – Five North Carolina A&T indoor track and field athletes had a final tune-up competing at the Tyson invitational at the Arkansas-Randall Tyson Track.
Junior Rodney Rowe took advantage by setting new personal records in both the 60 and 200-meter events. In the 200m finals, Rowe was the runner-up in 20.74 to move seventh nationally and No. 1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. His success continued in the 60 as he clocked in at 6.67 in the preliminaries before placing fifth in the finals. Rowe sits 25th in the nation and third in the MEAC.
In the triple jump, junior Lasheon Strozier leaped his farthest mark of the season at 51-feet, 7 ¼ inches. Strozier is 23rd in the nation and first in the conference. Senior Dajuan Harding finished 12th in the 400, setting a new PR with a time of 47.12, ranking 42nd nationally and second in the MEAC.
Two Aggie women improved their marks while setting personal records. Senior India Brown broke her school record at 23.45 in the 200 to finish ninth. Brown rose to 31st nationally and first in the conference. Sophomore Madeleine Akobundu placed fourth in the long jump at 19-feet, 9 ¾ inches. She remains first in the MEAC and 45th nationally.
N.C. A&T’s next step is to try to become the first MEAC school ever to repeat as both women’s and men’s indoor champions when they compete in the MEAC Indoor Track and Field Championships at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Md., Feb. 15-18.