GREENSBORO – After building up a men’s track and field team good enough to finish with an all-time high 95 points and a third-place finish at 2014 MEAC indoor championships, Duane Ross, A&T’s director of track and field programs is looking to solidify things on the ladies’ side.
On Monday, Ross announced the signing of seven track and field athletes who will wear the Blue and Gold next season. Six of the signees are women.
“This is an early signing group we’re building our women’s team around,” said Ross. “We have a talented group of sophomores who are already on the team, so we have a young group of ladies who are going to be ready to compete next year. We’re looking to be one of the top two teams in the MEAC next year, men and women, outdoor and indoor.”
India Brown (sprints, Florence, S.C., West Florence High School), Imani Coleman (middle distance, South Orange, N.J., Columbia HS), Reneazia Collins (jumps, sprints and hurdles, Monroe, N.C., Monroe HS), Miranda Green (distance, King George, Va., King George HS), Morgan Knight (hurdles and pole vault, Lorton, Va., South County HS), Steve Stowe II (middle distance, Winston-Salem, N.C., North Forsyth HS) and Sloan Williams (sprints, Winston-Salem, N.C., Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy) are primed to help the Aggies win MEAC titles.
Even with the impressive class, Ross said he is not finished.
“We’re still looking to sign five more ladies,” he said. “We’re going to do the same thing we did with the men, build this thing the right way. We believe if we have sustained success on the national and MEAC levels, the program will sustain itself. People will want to come and be a part of the program.”
Brown is a three-time regional champion in the 100 meters and two-time regional champion in the 200. She finished second twice at the Class 4-A S.C. state championship meet in the 100, and she has a personal-best 11.96 in the event. She owns a personal-best 24.71 in the 200. After finishing in second place in the intermediate girls 100 and eighth place in the 4x100 meter relay, Brown earned All-American honors at the 2012 USATF Junior Olympics. She also finished fifth at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Coleman competed four varsity seasons at perennial national power Columbia High School. She was a member of the 2013 Penn Relay’s Championship of America first-place 4x8 relay team. The 4x8 team also won national championship at the New Balance outdoor to earn All-American status. Coleman was also the 2013 Kearney Relays Female MVP and the 2013 USATF-NJ Young Women’s 5k champion. Her personal records are 58.09 (400m), 1:39.74 (600m), 2:13.80 (800m), 3:05.0 (1000m), 5:08.05 (1600m).
Collins has won a combined 12 state championships in indoor and outdoor, and is one of the most decorated track and field athletes in North Carolina. Collins has state titles in the 200, 400 (twice), 4x2 (three times), 4x4, 55 meters, 300 and 500. Her personal bests are 7.24 (55m), 12.54 (100m), 24.90 (200m), 40.54 (300m), 56.28 (400m), 1:17.99 (500m), 8.43 (55 meter hurdles), 14.83 (100m hurdles), 45.37 (300m hurdles) and 1:06.80 (400m hurdles). She chose A&T over Ohio State and East Carolina.
Green holds individual school records in the 1600, 1000, 800, 3200 and 5k and shares school records with her 4x4 and 4x8 teams. She earned all-state honors in the 1600, 1000, the 4x8 and in cross country. Over the past two seasons she has won the district championship in the 1600 and 800. Green broke the Region I 1600 record in 5:02. Green was the MVP of the 2013 Fred Hardy Invitational, and was the conference cross country champion in 2013.
Knight earned nine varsity letters through her first three years of high school. Knight can provide points in many different areas for the Aggies during conference meets. Her fourth-place finish in the 100m hurdles earned her all-state honors. She holds a personal-best 10-feet, 9-inches in the pole vault and a 17-foot, 4-inch personal best in the long jump. She also scored 4,010 in the heptathlon and 2,938 in the pentathlon. Knight is five-time member of the all-district team and a four-time member of the all-region team. Knight garnered interest from LSU, Alabama, James Madison, Morgan State, S.C. State and Richmond.
Stowe’s competitiveness on the track ranges from 400 to the 1-mile. Stowe has finished second three consecutive years in the North Carolina 3-A indoor 1000 meters. His seventh-place finish in the 1500 at the Young Men’s division at the 2013 USATF Junior Olympics earned him All-American honors. He also placed first in the 1500 at the 2013 AAU Club Championships. Stowe is the three-time defending Mid Piedmont 3-A conference champion in the 800. His personal records are 4:04 (1500m), 2:34 (1000m) and 1:56 (800m).
Williams is the reigning 1-A 100 state champion. She also captured the state title with her 4x1 relay team. She also stood on the award stand after finishing second in the state in the 200 and third in the 300m hurdles at last season’s state meet. She owns the 1-A Midwest Region record in the 100, and she is the Northwest 1A/2A conference champion in the 100. During the indoor season, she finished second in the 1A/2A in the 55 meters at the state meet. Williams chose A&T over High Point and Charlotte.