The best year in Aggie Athletics history is the No. 1 story of 2018
Even if we only count the championships won in 2018 and not the 2017-18 season, it was still an enormous haul for the North Carolina A&T Athletics department.
The fun started with the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams repeating as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions in February in Landover, Md., under Duane Ross. Jaylan Mitchell (60m) and Kayla White (60mh) would win first-team All-American honors at the NCAA indoor championships while Rodney Rowe (200m) earned second-team honors.
Women’s basketball followed that by winning the regular-season and tournament titles in the MEAC. It was the second time in three years they have won both under head coach Tarrell Robinson. After winning in Norfolk, Va., N.C. A&T went on to play an exciting first-round game against defending national women’s basketball champion South Carolina before coming up short.
Bowling joined in next in Chesapeake, Va. The ladies took their fifth straight regular-season Southern Division crown and transformed it into the program’s first MEAC tournament title in 14 years. It guided the Aggies to the NCAA tournament where they were awarded a No. 6 seed avoiding having to bowl their way into the eight teams that eventually competed in St. Louis. Kim Terrell-Kearney’s team won one of the three matches they played at the NCAA tournament.
After winning back-to-back MEAC indoor titles on the men’s and women’s sides, the Aggies were out to do the same at the MEAC outdoor championships in Greensboro. The men earned a 3-point win over Bethune-Cookman while the women lost by a half point to Florida A&M. The men’s 4x100 meter relay team earned first-team All-American honors joining Rowe who took first-team honors in the 200m at the NCAA outdoor championships.
Baseball took a swing at winning a title in May. Baseball won the MEAC Southern Division regular-season title before going 3-for-3 in the games they played at the MEAC tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., as they won the school’s first baseball title in 13 years. The Aggies were awarded an NCAA regional bid in Chapel Hill where they lost games to North Carolina and Purdue.
The summer of 2018 came and went before men’s cross country picked up another title for Aggie Athletics in October by winning the MEAC in Smyrna, Del. That was followed by the football team winning their fourth MEAC title in five years when they clinched the crown in November with a win over N.C. Central. Football’s next step was to win their third Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in four years with their win over Alcorn State at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta to close out a spectacular run of championships in 2018.
Happy New Year to Aggie Nation worldwide and here’s to even more championships in 2019.