GREENSBORO - The Aggies have a lot to celebrate after the conclusion of the 2012 MEAC Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship. The Aggies had multiple athletes reach the finals, which helped the men finish second with 95 points and the women finish third with 84 points.
Sixteen different Aggies collected medals over the weekend with Torrance Womack, Jarrell Elliott, Dotrine Jacobs, Shakia Forbes, Jenea McCammon and Paris Simmons winning multiple medals. The medal winners will earn All-MEAC honors.
The only first place medal for the Aggies came from an impressive performance by Jenea McCammon in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 57.92. Neck- in-neck with McCammon was fellow Aggie Dotrine Jacobs with a time of 57.93. McCammon and Jacobs recorded their personal bests and both shattered the previous North Carolina A&T record in the event.
"Jenea is like a quiet warrior and she has high expectations for herself," said James Daniels, interim director of track and field programs. "She always had the athletic ability, but she had to get past some mental hurdles in order for her to achieve the performance she had today. She really ran the last 50 meters as hard as she could and that was the difference in her performance from Thursday."
McCammon accounted for 21 points for the Aggies after also helping the 4x100 meter relay team (Forbes, Ruth Cassandra-Hunt and Krystin Lawson) finish second and the 4x400 meter relay team (Jessica Farr, Jacobs and Roshel Bygraves) finish sixth. Forbes also had a big weekend with 16 points after she finished second in the long jump on Friday.
"I don't think people realize just how great Jenea and Dotrine's performances were today. To have both women run under a minute is truly impressive," explained Daniels. "To rank that high in this region is something to be proud of, because the Eastern region is arguably the hardest region. It's awesome to see two teammates who push themselves so hard in practice, push each other in competition as well."
Janessa Benn added 13 points as she finished second in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:24.67. She also had a fourth-place finish in the 1500 meter run. And in the jumping events Sherice Walker earned second in the triple jump with a distance of 39-feet, 10 ½ inches.
Elliott had a huge weekend for the Aggie men. He totaled 28 points as he finished in second place three times. In his strongest event, the 400 meters, Elliott got into his kick later than usual and finished with a time of 46.305. Elliott's 4x400 meter relay team (Simmons, D'Mitri Bouttry and House) finished second, while the 4x100 meter relay team (House, Williams, and Womack) also finished second with a time of 40.23.
Womack added 22 points for the men. His best finish was in the 100 meters as he finished in second, two-tenths of a second behind Hampton's Reggie Dixon with a time of 10.46. Womack also had a third-place finish in the 200 meters (20.96).
In the distance events for the men, Paris Simmons had another record-breaking day, which ironically did not yield him gold. Simmons broke the MEAC meet record on Friday as he finished the 800 meter run in a time of 1:49.41. He went even lower on Saturday as ended Saturday's final in 1:48.95. Unfortunately, Delaware State's Donte Holmes ran 1:48.55 to set the new meet standard.
"I cannot say enough about how the team performed this weekend," said Daniels. "We had eight student-athletes set personal records this weekend.
Among the Aggies setting personal records were Sydni Cobb (shot put), Simmons, Womack, Elliott, Jacobs, McCammon, Benn and Steve Liggins.