WINSTON-SALEM - The North Carolina A&T talented 4x400 meter relay team continued to impress on Saturday as they finished first on the second day of the Hilton Garden Invitational at the JDL Fast Track in indoor track and field. The team of Keenan Smith, Ashanti Felder, Darius Bogertey and Torrance Womack ran the 4x4 in 3:19.34. Their time was just three-tenths of a second better than Charleston Southern's foursome.
Last week, the team finished second in 3:15.90 at the Penn State National Invitational. The performance gave the Aggies the fifth-best performance in the MEAC this season as the MEAC Indoor Track and Field Championships approach.
The 4x4 team was the Aggies only winner on Saturday after a Friday that saw redshirt senior Darryl Williams win the men's 60 meters and Smith win the men's triple jump. The A&T men's and women's teams did combine to put together six top-5 finishes.
Marquis Noble had the best jump in his flight at 23-feet, ¾ inches. He finished third overall behind unattached athlete Augustus Scott and Charleston Southern's Braxton Drummond. Sophomore Christian Harrison, who is coming off of a win in the 1000 meters last week at the Penn State National Invitational, finished third in the 800 meters in 1:52.60. The time gives Harrison the third-best time in the MEAC this season.
University of Miami Jeffery Lewis finished fourth for the Aggies in the men's 60 meter hurdles in 8.11. Freshman Cliff Obodo gave A&T a presence in the men's high jump. He finished tied for fifth with a jump of 6-feet.
On the women's side, Jessica Farr finished fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 25.00. "We're expecting big things from Jessica," said Duane Ross, the Aggies director of track and field programs. "We let her compete in the 60 meters for speed purposes, but we believe she is going to do big things for us in the 200."
Ross is overall pleased with his teams' efforts, saying there is a willingness for his young men and women to work hard. The Aggies will split the teams next week in one more attempt to prepare for the MEAC Championships Feb. 14-16 in Landover, Md. A portion of the team will compete in the Tiger Paw Invitational on Friday, Feb. 8, while others will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the Tyson Invitational.