GREENSBORO – In a meet of more than 800 athletes at North Carolina A&T’s Irwin Belk Track on Saturday, athletes from the Aggie Land stood out from the rest as A&T put together five first-place finishes.
The nation’s 10th-ranked 4x100 meter relay team which Saturday consisted of Aggies named Desmond Lawrence, Darryl Williams, Caleb Gabriel and Marquis Noble, placed first in 39.86.
On the distance side, the Aggies took top three positions in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase led by junior Saeed Jones who finished first in 9:47.69. A&T cross country standout Franky Mills ran unattached and placed second at 10:13.66. Sophomore Perry Cabean added something special to his third-place finish by finishing in a personal-best 10:25.04. Jones also placed third in the men’s 1,500 meters at 3:59.83. Freshman Darren White ran a personal-best of 4:08.21, placing 10th in his first 1,500-meter of the year.
The Aggies also took care of things in the field events when it came to finishing first. Junior Keenan Smith placed first in the long jump with a jump of 22-feet, 8-inches. Smith also placed second in the triple jump at 48-feet, 1 ¼ inches.
The lady’s first-place finishes were just as impressive. Sophomore Demetria Dickens took first in the women’s discus with a throw of 142-feet, 5-inches. The women’s 4x400-meter relay, which consisted of seniors Roshel Bygrave and Jessica Farr and freshmen Daniqua Dye and Imani Harris-Quillen placed first at 3:49.08.
“I feel really good,” said Duane Ross, director of track and field programs. “I think our team really showed up and they showed up and showed some of that Aggie Pride that we are so excited and so anxious to repeat all the time. I think overall we had a great team performance from our men and women.”
The Aggies also stood out when they weren’t finishing in first. They had three athletes competing in the men’s 100 meter dash where Williams led the Aggies with a second-place finish at 10.69. Gabriel placed fourth at 10.79 and freshman Joshua Peoples placed sixth in 10.97.
There were two personal bests in the men’s 200 meters as Peoples ran a 21.26 to finish fifth and Lawrence finished eighth in 21.28. There was also a personal best for the Aggies in the men’s javelin as freshman Todd Townsend had his best throw go 155-feet, 10-inches for a fourth-place finish.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay team of junior Latrese Barker, Farr, sophomore Tiffany Ellick and Bygrave finished second as they completed the race with their second-best time of the season, 46.04.
Farr also had top performances in the women’s 400 and 200. Farr placed second in the 400 meters in a 54.47 and third in the 200 after running a person-best 23.88. Bygrave placed seventh in the 200 in 24.50, a personal-best, while her time of 55.17 helped her finish fourth in the 400.
Senior Brittanie Morris placed sixth in the women’s 100 meter hurdles, running a personal-best time 14.33. Morris also notched a personal best in the women’s 400 meter hurdles with a 1:02.17, good enough for fifth place.
The women were also spectacular in field events. Junior Sherri Owens placed third in the discus at 129-feet, 7-inches. Sophomore Tiffany Ellick placed third in the women’s long jump with a jump of 17-feet, 9 ½ inches.
Senior Jasmine Baskerville placed fourth in the women’s javelin with a throw of 108-feet, 9 inches. Owens placed fifth in the same event with a throw of 106-feet, 7-inches. Owens also had a good showing in the shot put, throwing a personal-best 39-feet, 6 ½ inches. Junior Tatianna Clark placed fourth in the women’s triple jump at 37-feet, ¼ inches.
The Aggies return to action on Friday, April 18 when they travel to Charlotte for the Charlotte Invitational. The following week, April 24-26, will be the prestigious Penn Relays.