HIGH POINT – After an exciting indoor track and field season for North Carolina A&T, the outdoor season got underway over the weekend at the High Point VertKlasse Meet hosted by High Point University at Dick Vert Stadium.
The men’s and women’s Aggie track and field teams came away with a combined three wins, five second-place finishes with 12 top-5 finishes on the women’s side and eight top-5 finishes on the men’s side.
The two female winners were juniors Taliyah Townsend and TeJyrica Robinson. Junior Trevor Stewart was a winner for the men.
Townsend took first place in the women’s 100 meters with a personal-best 11.67. Four other Aggies finished in the top-10 of the women’s 100m as junior Sun-Sara Williams finished second in 11.70 followed by freshman Kamaya Debose-Epps in third (11.73), junior Tori Ray (11.90) in fifth and sophomore Kayla Foy (12.08) in eighth.
Robinson crossed the finish line in 13.50 in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Robinson just missed reaching her personal best in the event. She ran a 13.47 at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round last season. Robinson’s win at the VertKlasse marks her first career victory on the collegiate level.
Stewart, meanwhile, posted a personal-best 21-seconds flat to win the men’s 200m. It was his first career win in the 200 and his 12th career win overall. Stewart has mostly been dominant for the Aggies in the 400m. Freshman Brandon Hicklin, who excelled in the jumps during the indoor season, finished seventh in the 200m at VertKlasse with a time of 21.68.
Speaking of the 400m, junior Akeem Sirleaf finished second in the event at High Point with a time of 47.26. The other second-place finish for the men came in the 400mh as junior Chase Bonham finished behind G.W. Express’ Romel Lewis in 52.63.
In addition to her second-place finish in the women’s 100, Williams also had a second-place finish in the 200m. Williams ran a personal-best 24.14 to finish behind the University of North Carolina’s Anna Keefer. Ray finished fourth behind Williams with a personal-best time of 24.20.
There was also a second-place finish in the women’s 800m as junior Kristoni Barnes crossed the line in 2:12.21. Freshman Monzerad Creary finished in the top-10 with a time of 2:14.70 to finish ninth.
Off the track, sophomore Loren James finished second in the women’s shot put. James’ best throw went 46-feet, 9-inches. She had a personal-best throw of 153-feet, 9-inches in the women’s hammer throw to finish 13th. She placed seventh in the discus with a toss of 133-feet.
N.C. A&T will compete at the prestigious Florida Relays March 28-29 at the University of Florida.