PHILADELPHIA - The North Carolina A&T track and field teams have a lot to be proud of after their trip to Philadelphia for the 2012 Penn Relays. Not only did they have several Aggies place well in their respective events, many athletes had the opportunity to compete on national TV in the prestigious Championship of America events.
"It is always exciting to compete in the Penn Relays, any time you can perform in front of over 40,000 people and appear on TV on Saturday in a Championship of America final is a great accomplishment," said James Daniels, interim director of North Carolina A&T track and field programs.
It was an especially good trip for the Aggies relay teams. The men's 4x200 meter team (Earl House, Jarrell Elliott, Darryl Williams and Torrance Womack) earned fourth place with a time of 1:24.20. The men's 4x800 meter relay team (Steve Liggins, Paris Simmons, Danzeto Cephas and Darius Bogertey) were the first Aggies to compete in the Championship America 4x800 meter relay. The men earned 12th with a time of 7:40.36, a new Aggie record.
Jared Baldwin had an exceptional Penn Relays as he tried to win his first individual MEAC championship this coming week. Baldwin competed in the Championship of America long jump and earned fifth out of 23 jumpers with a distance of 23-feet, 9-inches.
On the women's side, Sherice Walker, Dotrine Jacobs, Chantal Luedeke and Jenea McCammon earned sixth in the women's shuttle hurdles Championship of America with a time of 60.71. Other notable performances from the Lady Aggies come from Shakia Forbes who earned fifth in the women's invitation only long jump championship with a distance of 19-feet, 9-inches. Forbes won the Penn Relay long jump two seasons ago.
Unfortunately many of the lady Aggies got hit by a flu bug before competition.
"Over half the women were sick at different times throughout this week which truly hindered how we competed," explained Daniels. "I am hoping we will recover in time to compete for conference. Overall I am pleased with our efforts, but we have to get healthy before Thursday's start of the MEAC conference championship."