GREENSBORO – The North Carolina A&T track and field teams were back in action at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C., in the UNCG Spartans Team Challenge. It was their fourth meet at the Fast Track, but unlike the first three meets, the Aggies were really just trying to getting ready for the Penn State National Invitational next week in State College, Pa.
The Aggies are also pointing toward the MEAC indoor championships, which will be held in Landover, Md., Feb. 13-15.
The Aggies still have some Aggies that are top-ranked in the MEAC as they head into the competitive meet. Junior Desmond Lawrence is first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.78. Junior Marquis Noble is second in the 200 meters at 21.79. Leonard Robbins is fourth for the 400 meters at 48.55.
Juniors Christian Harrison and Dyronne Mabry are 1, 2 in the 800 meters. Junior Saeed Jones is ranked fifth in the mile. The men’s 4x400-meter relay is ranked second. Junior Cliff Obodo is ranked third in the men’s high jump while sophomore Nakita Gray is ranked second for the women.
Junior Marquis Noble is tied for third in the long jump and Junior Keenan Smith is second in the triple jump.
Sunday’s meet in Winston-Salem featured only five teams – UNCG, A&T, Wofford, S.C. Upstate and N.C. Central.
“It’s another local meet, any time we have a chance to compete close to home we will take advantage of it,” said Duane Ross, director of track and field programs. “We did not take a full team, only about 15 women and 10 men. We will use this meet as a practice to tune up as we get ready for conference which is in a few weeks.”
Ross also explained that because it has been so cold the team hasn’t been able to get full practices in since they have to train inside of the A&T’s Campus Recreation Center.