GREENSBORO - After winning the last two MEAC women's outdoor long jump titles and being deemed an All-American during the 2012 indoor season, Friday didn't exactly follow the storyline senior Shakia Forbes was looking for.
Forbes missed out on her third straight long jump title by finishing second at the 2012 MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Irwin Belk Track. Norfolk State's Champagne Bell took first place with a jump of 20-feet, 5 ½ inches.
Forbes' 19-foot, 9-inch performance still yielded the North Carolina A&T women's track and field team eight points as the Aggies finished the day with a fifth-place total of 19 points.
"It was not the performance that Forbes wanted or what she expected, but she still performed well enough to place and get points for the team," said James Daniels, interim director of A&T's track and field programs. "At the end of the day when you get to the finals and can score points, then you achieved the objective. We are pleased without a doubt."
The Lady Aggies have a number of finalists going into Saturday's final day, but will need remarkable showings to catch Hampton, which has a first-place total of 62 points.
Where the Aggies may be the most powerful on Saturday is in both hurdle events. On Thursday, sophomores Dotrine Jacobs and junior Jenea McCammon finished 1, 2 in the 400 meter hurdles preliminaries. The two Aggies will compete for gold on Saturday.
On Friday, three Aggies qualified for the 100 meter hurdles final on Saturday. Jacobs led the way by finishing with the second fastest time at 13.62. Also qualifying was Chantal Luedeke (14.01) and Sherice Walker (14.10).
Krystin Lawson, who has been suffering from a respiratory infection, did qualify for the 100 meter final with a time of 11.84. The 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay races should also produce points for the A&T women's track and field team.
Sydni Cobb added points for A&T on Friday with a 47-foot, 3-inch throw in the shot put. Her fourth-place finish earned the Aggies five points. Walker added two points by finishing fifth in the long jump with a jump of 18-feet, 1-inch.