Greensboro -- The North Carolina A&T and N.C. Central track and field teams got a jump on the rest of the MEAC competition this weekend. The two archrivals competed at the International Friendship & Freedom Games at Irwin Belk Track over the weekend. In two weeks, those same two teams will be on the same track competing in the 2012 MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Aggies got the better of the Eagles, and hope to use their momentum and familiarity with the track to be successful in a couple of weeks.
"In terms of performance we did extremely well. I am very pleased with how we performed," said interim director of track and field programs James Daniels. "We beat Central in overall scoring, which is always a plus. We had some outstanding performances from a number of Aggies this weekend."
Junior Paris Simmons was one of those performers. He earned first place by a substantial margin in the men's 800 meter run with a time of 1:50.58. Following Simmons were his fellow Aggies Steve Liggins, Danzeto Cephas, Darius Bogertey and Christian Harrison, who earned second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Thrower Sydni Cobb earned first place this weekend in the shot put with a distance of 46-feet, 4-inches. Cobb also snagged second in the discus with a distance of 130-feet, 2-inches.
Other notable Aggie performances came from the men in the 200 meter dash. Four Aggies placed in the top 10 of the event with Torrance Womack taking third with a time of 20.86. The Lady Aggies also had four athletes place in the top 10 in the 200 meter dash with Krystin Lawson earning second with a time of 24.17. Lawson also took third in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.70.
The Lady Aggies also did well in the 800 meter run with Kristin Rush earning second with an impressive time of 2:23.90. Janessa Benn and Samira Johnson came in fifth and sixth respectively in the same event.
"There were a number of people who stepped their game up and are putting us in a position to do well in the conference," said Daniels. "I just have to keep them healthy, focused, disciplined and prepared for final exams. We should do very well in the conference."The Aggies will compete in the Penn Relays next week, one of the most highly-anticipated meets of the outdoor season.