LANDOVER, Md. -- North Carolina A&T men’s indoor track and field team finished third with a total of 95 points at the 2014 MEAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday. It was the team’s highest point total in school history.
Hampton won the meet with 114 points and Bethune-Cookman finished second with 109. A&T’s Desmond Lawrence took home the Aggies only individual championship as he claimed the men’s 60 meters with a time of 6.78. It was Lawrence’s first individual title as an Aggie.
“I’m extremely proud of our guys because out of everyone on the team that scored we have everyone coming back next year so I’m happy with that because we’re a young team,” said Duane Ross, A&T’s director of track and field programs. “To come in and do what we did with such a young team that speaks volume for what our staff has done and what our kids are doing. We made some minimal mistakes and that’s where the young kids have to pick up the pieces and learn from that and get better.”
The meet came down to the last two events, the triple jump and the 4 x400 meter relay.
In the triple jump junior Keenan Smith placed second with a jump of 50-feet, 2 ¾ inches, which added eight points to the Aggies scores. Kendrick Smith placed eighth in the triple jump at 47-feet, 7-inches which added one point.
Three members from Bethune-Cookman placed in the triple jump scoring 15 points for the Wildcats; while a Hampton athlete scored three points for the Pirates.
“I think we did an extremely good job,” said Ross. “Hats off to Hampton, they came in and performed as they always do and hats off to Bethune-Cookman too they ran a very efficient meet. I think we’re a very good team, but we’re not a great team right now. I think we’ve progressed and we’ve done some great things this season but we have a lot to look forward to.”
In the 4x4, the Aggies (Leonard Robbins, Josiah Elliott, Todd Townsend and Barry Harris) ran a 3:16.73 to score eight points by finishing second. Hampton won the event in 3:14.22, scoring a decisive 10 points. The Wildcats also got help from their 4x4 team as they finished seventh for two points.
Sophomore Cliff Obodo placed second in the men’s high jump with a personal-best jump of 6-feet, 9-inches. Junior Saeed Jones added three points to the Aggies by placing sixth in the men’s 1-mile run at 4:27.52. Senior Jeffery Lewis placed third in the 60 meter hurdles with a season-best 8:09. The men had two athletes place in the 200 meter dash. Freshman Joshua Peoples placed fifth (21.98) and junior Marquis Noble placed eighth at 22.24.
In the men’s 3,000 meter run, the Aggies had the most athletes entered gaining 10 points. Jones led the Aggies with a fourth-place finish at 9:03.20. Freshman Darren White was fifth with a personal-best time of 9:03.59, which added four points to the Aggies total. Perry Cabean placed eighth at 9:18.39.