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A&T Heads to Maryland For Track Championships

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 02/14/2014
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Desmond Lawrence ranks first in the MEAC in the 60 meters heading into the indoor championships. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
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LANDOVER, Md. – It’s championship time for the North Carolina A&T men and women’s track and field team. The Aggies will be competing at the Prince George County Learning Center in Landover, Md.  Due to the inclement weather the meet is scheduled to begin Friday at 9 a.m. A full schedule of events can be found at www.meacsports.com.

Going into the championship the Aggies have a great number of athletes top-ranked in the conference.

On the men’s side junior Desmond Lawrence continues to hold first place in the 60 meters with a time of 6.70. In the 200 meters, junior Marquis Noble is ranked fourth (21.79) and freshman Caleb Gabriel is sixth (21.85). Junior Leonard Robbins (48.55) and freshman Dorian Clagget (48.63) are seventh and eighth in the 400 meters. In the 60 meter hurdles, junior Jeffery Lewis is sixth (8.15) and freshman Todd Townsend is seventh (8.17). The men’s 4x400 meter relay is ranked fourth with a time of 3:14.83.

On the distance side,  junior Dyronne Mabry is ranked eighth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.02. Junior Saeed Jones is sixth in the mile at 4:19.57. Jones is also ranked third in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:41.79 and fifth in the 5,000 meters at 15:47.64. Freshman Darren White is fourth in the 5,000 at 15:35.43.

In the field events, sophomore Cliff Obodo is second in the high jump at 6-feet, 8 ¾ inches. In the pole vault, junior Omozokpia Olumese is sixth at 13-feet, 6 2/4 inches. In the long jump, junior Marquis Noble is second (24-feet, 4 ¼ inches), freshman Frank Quarles is fourth (23-feet, 10 ¼ inches) and junior Keenan Smith is ninth (23-feet, 2 inches). Smith is also ranked second in the triple jump (50-feet, 1 ¼ inches) and senior Kendrick Smith is eighth (48-feet, 1 ¼ inches).

On the women’s side, senior Roshel Bygraves is ninth in the 400 meters at 56.44. Sophomore Tiffany Ellick is seventh in the 60 meter hurdles at 8.77. Ellick is also eighth in the triple jump (38-feet, 5 inches). In the high jump, sophomore Nakita Gray is second with a jump of 5-feet, 10 2/4 inches. Sophomore Demetria Dickens is ranked ninth in the shot put at 40-feet, 6-inches and sixth in the weight throw at 48-feet, 2 ¾ inches. Junior Sherri Owens is tenth with a throw of 46-feet, 4 ¾ inches.

Last year the men finished fourth and the women placed eighth in the indoor MEAC Championship.

“I think we’ve accomplished quite a bit this year,” said Duane Ross, director of track and field programs. “I still think we have a ways to go before we meet my expectations of being a nationally-recognized program. But I am proud of our student-athletes; they have worked hard this year. I think we’re in a good position to win this.

It’s going to be a tough meet overall and the conference has gotten better competitively since I’ve been here, so it’s really anyone’s meet who decides to show up.”

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