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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Senior Kayla White picked up where she left off from indoor, junior Trevor Stewart continued his winning ways during the outdoor season and freshman Brandon Hicklin and junior Akeem Sirleaf picked up major wins at the prestigious Florida Relays over the weekend at Percy Beard Track on the campus of the University of Florida.

The North Carolina A&T men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams competed for the second time this season with White making her debut after winning the NCAA indoor national championship in the women’s 200 meters. White went on to be named NCAA Women’s Track Indoor Athlete of the Year.

White wasted no time in making an impact during her final outdoor campaign as an Aggie student-athlete. White ran a personal-best 11.04 to win the women’s 100 meters. She blew past her previous personal best of 11.24 ran at last season’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Stewart claimed his second victory of the young season. A week after winning the 200m at the High Point University VertKlasse Meeting, Stewart ran 45.18 to win the men’s 400m at UF. It was a personal-best for Stewart as he claimed his third career outdoor 400m victory.

To win the men’s long jump college at the Florida Relays is impressive enough, to win as a freshman in your collegiate debut in the event is exceptional. Hicklin jumped 25-feet, 1 ¼ inches. He beat Devon Brooks of Limestone by 3 ½ inches to claim the win. Hicklin won the long jump four times during the indoor season including the MEAC indoor championship in the long jump.

Sirleaf got a phenomenal win in the men’s 200m dash collegiate invitational. Running among some of the best sprinters in the country, Sirleaf ran 20.50 to win the event. He finished ahead of Florida’s Hakim Sani Brown (20.53) and senior teammate Rodney Rowe (20.60).

Sirleaf’s fastest time in the 200 at Butler Community College was 20.59. Rowe was making his outdoor debut after earning first-team All-American honors in the 200m last season.

I was very pleased with the way we competed,” said N.C. A&T director of track and field programs, Duane Ross. “We came away with some good wins at a very good competition. I wanted to see our team compete well regardless of times or marks and they did that. We need to keep the momentum going.’

There were other notable debuts including junior Madeleine Akobundu who came away from the weekend with two second-place finishes. She ran the 100-meter hurdles in 13.21. She stepped away from the track to jump 20-feet, 2 ½-inches in the long jump. Akobundu finished two inches behind Maryland’s Jewel Smith.

 

Sturgis made her collegiate debut in the 200m and finished second in 23.02.

N.C. A&T will take a week off from competition before hosting the 2019 Aggie Invitational at Irwin Belk Track, April 12-13.