A&T Sprinter Begins Quest For National Titles
DES MOINES, Iowa-The outdoor track and field season for North Carolina A&T is coming to an end, as the last few qualifying Aggies prepare to compete in the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake University, June 6-9.
Earl House, Jarrell Elliott, Darryl Williams and Torrance Womack will be competing on one of the biggest stages in collegiate track and field. Jeffrey Lewis is the Aggies' 4x100 meter alternate. Elliott will also be representing the Aggies in the men's 400 meters. His semifinal race starts Wednesday evening at 6:45.
Elliott qualified for the men's 400 meter semifinals after his performance at the NCAA Division I East Regional Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., where he finished 10th overall with a time of 46.03. Elliott's 46.03 time is the fastest in his heat. Elliott is ranked 13th nationally in the 400 meters thanks to his 45.87 ran at the International Friendship & Freedom Games at A&T's Irwin Belk Track on April 21.
If Elliott finishes in the top eight, he will earn first-team All-American honors. A top16 finish, will earn him second-team All-American accolades. One hour and 15 minutes before he is to race in the men's 400, Elliott will accompany House, Williams and Womack in the men's 4x100 meter relay.
The quartet, ranked 23rd in the nation, qualified for the semifinals with a time of 40.02, their strongest of the season. This will be the third consecutive year that a men's 4x100 relay team from A&T will compete at the national championships. The last 4x100 meter relay team from A&T to bring back All-American honors was the team of Timothy Walls, Sean White, Titus Haywood and Gerald White in 2000.
If the Elliott advances in the 400 meters, he will compete again Friday evening at 6:55. If the 4x100 meter relay team advances, they will go for a national title Saturday morning at 11:03.