GREENSBORO -- Many Aggies competed Sunday with hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., May 29-31. Darryl Williams took advanatage of the opportunity by qualifying for the regional in the men's 100 meters.
Williams won the men’s 100, running a personal-best time of 10.39 qualifying him for Jacksonville.
“I felt like it was a relief,” said Williams. “The coaches have been telling me I was ready to drop a fast time and I knew I had it in me. I just had to stay patient and I knew God would show me whenever it was time.”
He will be joining senior Desmond Lawrence in the 100 and is currently tied for 36th in the region. He is also a member of the 400 meter relay team that is 8th in the region.
“Darryl has been the heart and soul of this men’s team this year,” said Duane Ross, director of track and field programs. “I’m happy to see everything he’s been working hard for begin to come to fruition. He’s racing with more confidence here at the end of the season when it matter most and it definitely shows.”
This will be Williams' third individual appearance at the regional meet during his tenure as an Aggie. In 2010, Williams ran 10.70 in the prelims of the 100, not qualifying for the finals. In 2011, he qualified for the 200 and 100. He only competed in the 100 over the weekend, running a time of 10.90 in the prelims. He was also a member of the 400 meter relay in 2012 that made it to NCAA championships.
Williams' time have improved tremendously since then and continues to drop as the season continues.
“We’ve been discussing his progress all season long and the goal from day one has been to run under 10 seconds in the 100," said Ross. "That’s still our goal, and I fully believe he can do it. I’m proud of him…not only because he competes hard, but because he has led this team this season like a true military general would lead his soldiers to war."
Although Williams was the only athlete to achieve the goal of adding more Aggies to Florida’s travel list, some athletes had decent performances at the Aggie Last Chance meet.
Junior Marquis Noble placed third behind former Aggie jump star Tarrish Alexander with a jump of 23-feet, 8 ¼ inches. Junior Keenan Smith placed fourth with a jump of 23-feet, 6 inches.
Junior Jeffery Lewis placed seventh in the 110-hurdles with a personal-best time 14.31.
Junior Omozokpia Olumese placed eighth in the pole vault at 13-feet, 2.5 inches.
On the women’s side, senior Roshel Bygraves ended her collegiate career with a third place finish in the 400 with a personal-best time 54.51. Senior Jessica Farr completed her collegiate career with a fifth place finish at 54.69. Farr also placed sixth in the 200 with a time of 24.10.
Senior Brittanie Morris also ended her career with an eighth-place finish in the 400 hurdles at 1:02.83.
Junior Sherri Owens placed sixth in the hammer throw at 120-feet, 11-inches and second in the shot put at 37-feet, 5 ¼ inches.