GREENSBORO – All season long, Duane Ross and his staff have been following what distances other throwers around the conference have thrown. Ross, the North Carolina A&T director of track and field programs, knew if there was an area where his women’s track and field team could score during the 2013 MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, it would be in the throws.
Friday represented the second day of the MEAC championships held at A&T’s Irwin Belk Track. At day’s end the women found themselves in eighth place with 21 points. Fifteen of those points have come in either the shot put or the discus.
A day after freshman Demetria Dickens and sophomore Sherri Owens finished third and sixth respectively in the women’s discus, senior Sydni Cobb placed third in the shot put to score six more points for A&T. Cobb’s 47-foot, 3 ¾ inch throw was a personal record, besting a 47-foot, 3-inch throw she tossed at last season’s MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships for a fourth-place finish.
“I’m very pleased with the progress my throwers are making,” said Ross. “We knew we had a chance to score in throws, and they really went out there and competed today.”
Junior Roshel Bygraves also had a good day for the ladies. She finished her 400 meter preliminary race in 54.53, personal best, to qualify for Saturday’s final scheduled for 2 p.m. Ross hopes to have Bygraves running the 400 in 51, 52 second range by next season.
“We want Roshel to believe in Roshel like we believe in Roshel,” Ross said. “She is going to be as good as she wants to be.”
Also competing for a championship on Saturday will be Tiffany Ellick in the triple jump at 1 p.m. She comes in with the top seed (37-feet, 5 ¼ inches) among the performers who have been seeded.
Senior Janessa Benn will go after the 1500 meter title at 1:15 p.m., Saturday. She has the second best time in the conference this season. Junior Brittanie Morris will go after two championships. At 2:55 p.m., she will compete in the 400 meter hurdles. Ninety minutes later she will team with Felexia Brasswell, Janay Ferrell and Jade McCrary to go after the title in the 4x400 meter relay.
“We’re in pretty good shape going into the last day,” Ross said. “It’s obviously going to be tough for us to win it because we have the numbers this year. But going into ME-AC, we told the team we wanted to do our best to score as many points as possible and win every event we’re in to set the tone for this summer and next year.”