Columbia, S.C. - Goal No. 1 for interim director of track and field programs James Daniels going into the 2012 University of South Carolina Weems Baskin Invitational was for his team to perform their best against some of the top regionally ranked athletes. Goal No. 2 was to get as many regional qualifying times as possible. And goal No. 3...well, they might as well win a few events while they're there.
It's always nice when goals are met. A&T had a number of regional qualifying marks and times over the weekend. In the process, the Aggies won five events and had 30 top 10 finishes. In other words, they perform their best.
"I am very excited about our accomplishments over the weekend," said Daniels. "Our athletes showed great poise and determination this weekend. We still have some work to do in our mental preparation and the execution of certain things, but we are once again heading in the direction that is exciting and representative of our appreciation of all the hard work that has been contributed by everyone."
The big winner was Jenea McCammon. She ran the 400 meter hurdles in 1:00.52 to earn her first first-place finish of the season. Teammate Dotrine Jacobs finished second in the same event at 59.20. McCammon wasn't finished. She also teamed with Shakia Forbes, Ruth Hunt and Krystin Lawson to win the women's 4x100 meter relay in 46.12.
Also from that foursome, Lawson finished third in the women's 100 meters with a time of 11.92. Hunt had two top 10 finishes as she ran the 200 meters in 24.39 to place fifth. In the 100 meters, she placed eighth.
Jumper Tatianna Clark also had a good weekend. She finished third in the long jump with a leap of 18-feet, 3-inches. In the triple jump, Clark jumped 37-feet, 1 ¾ inches to place ninth.
"We produced a number of national and regional marks that are great this early in the year," said Daniels.
The men were also in championship mode. MEAC indoor long jump champion Jared Baldwin won the triple jump. His jump of 48-feet, 4 ½ was almost seven inches better than Charlotte's Cordell Livingston. Redshirt sophomore
Paris Simmons earned first place in the men's 800 meter run with a time of 1:51.32. Fellow Aggie, Steve Liggins (R. So) did not fall too far behind as he finished second with a time of 1:54.54.
The men's 4x100 meter relay team, which consisted of Earl House, Darryl Williams, Jarrell Elliott and Torrance Womack, also earned first place with a time of 40.58.
The Aggie men, past and present, dominated the 200 meters. Former Aggie sprinter Calesio Newman finished first with a time of 20.60. His fellow Aggies, Elliott (20.94), Womack (21.04) and House (21.16), finished second, third and fourth respectively. Senior D'Mitri Bouttry also earned a fourth place finish in his 400 meter dash with a time of 48.81.