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Fifteen Aggies Are Headed To Jacksonville

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 05/18/2012
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Senior Jared Baldwin qualified for the 2012 East Preliminary Round in the triple during last week's Aggie Classic (Last Chance) meet at Irwin Belk Track. Photo by Kandace L. Watkins
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Jessica Farr

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Shakia Forbes

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Dotrine Jacobs

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Krystin Lawson

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Jenea McCammon

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Jared Baldwin

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D'Mitri Bouttry

4x400 meter relay

Jarrell Elliott

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Earl House

4x100 meter relay; 4x400 meter relay; 100 meters

Jeffery Lewis

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Paris Simmons

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Keenan Smith

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Darryl Williams

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Torrance Womack

200 meters; 4x100 meter relay; 4x400 meter relay alternate

GREEENSBORO - The men and women of North Carolina A&T's track and field team are ending their successful season on a high note. Not only did the team perform well in the MEAC Outdoor Championship, 15 Aggies have qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Track and Field Championships.

According to James Daniels, interim director of A&T's track and field programs, the Eastern region is the most competitive region in the NCAA. The three-day meet will be held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. and will begin May 24.

Each athlete will be trying to advance to the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held in Des Moines, Iowa June 6-9. A top eight finish will earn them All-American honors. A 9-16 finish will warrant a second-team All-American label.

"Without a doubt I am proud of the individuals who have made it to the regionals," said Daniels. "They have worked very hard to get to the level of success they are at now."

Among the females competing for the Aggies is the 4x100 meter relay team. The team is comprised of Shakia Forbes, Ruth Hunt, Krystin Lawson, Jenea McCammon and alternate Jessica Farr. The team is ranked 34th in the nation after a second-place finish at the MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships earned them a time of 45.06.  

"I am excited about the women in 4x100 relay. We are ranked 13th out of 24 teams in the region going into the East Regional preliminaries. We just have beat three teams to get to the nationals. Three of the women on the team are seniors, so this would be a great way for them to end their career," said Daniels.

Forbes is also qualifier in the women's long jump. Forbes' best jump of the outdoor season came from her performance at the 2012 Kent Taylor- Joe Hilton UNC Invitational, where she had a distance of 20-feet, 2-inches.

McCammon and Dotrine Jacobs both qualified to compete in the 400 meter hurdles and are nationally ranked 29th and 31st respectively. The ladies had a stellar performance at the MEAC Outdoor Championship, in which both ladies recorded their personal bests. McCammon took first with a time of 57.92 and Jacobs came in one-tenth of a second later to finish second. Jacobs also qualified for the 100 meter hurdles. Jacobs is 48th in the nation after her performance at the Aggie Classic, in which she ran a personal best of 13.49.

"Forbes is capable without a doubt of qualifying for nationals and moving forward," said Daniels. "McCammon and Jacobs are ranked high as well and they also have an opportunity to make it."


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