GREENSBORO -- The North Carolina A&T men’s and women’s track and field teams split up over the weekend to accomplish the larger mission of qualifying athletes for the 2014 MEAC Indoor Track and Field Championships to be held in Landover, Md., Feb. 13-15.
The results are in and with Aggies spread out in different parts of the country, they accomplished their mission. On Thursday, the majority of the team traveled to Winston-Salem for the High Point Panthers Team Challenge. Others headed to the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York.
In Winston-Salem there were numerous personal bests and qualifying marks.
Sophomore Tiffany Ellick and senior Brittanie Morris got 1,2 in the women’s 60 meter hurdles. Freshman Thomas Jones took second place in the men’s 60 meter hurdles. Senior Latrese Barker placed third in the women’s 60 meters.
Freshman Caleb Gabriel and Joshua Peoples and senior Jeffery Lewis took second, third and fourth in the men’s 60. Freshman Imani Harris- Quillen placed third in the 400 meters. Four freshmen took the first four spots in the men’s 400 meters. Josiah Elliot and Barry Harris both ran personal best taking 1,2 by running a 49.52 and a 49.78 respectively.
Junior Felexia Brasswell and Barker placed fourth and fifth in the 200 meters. The Aggies also dominated in the men’s 200. Gabriel, Peoples and Lewis placed earned the first three placements. Sophomore Cliff Obodo placed second in the men’s high jump with a personal-best jump of 6-feet, 8 ¾ inches ranking him second in the MEAC.
Junior Omozokpia Olumese placed third in the pole vault jumping a personal best of 13-feet, 6 2/4 inches, ranking him sixth in the MEAC. Junior Tatianna Clark and Ellick placed second and fourth in the long jump, while Reginald Hayes and Kendrick Smith took third and fifth in the men’s long jump.
Only seven members of the A&T track and field team competed in New York over the weekend. Junior Keenan Smith competed in the triple jump. Freshman Todd Townsend was in the 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Maurice Eaddy and juniors Desmond Lawrence and Marquis Noble entered in the men’s 60-meter dash. Noble also competed in the 200 meters and long jump. Junior Leonard Robbins competed in the 200 and 400.
Sophomore Nakita Gray was the only woman competing at the New York meet for the Aggies as she continued her success in the high jump.
Lawrence finished sixth overall in the men’s 60 championship section with a time of 6.72. Going into the finals Lawrence was ranked third after competing in the semifinal round of the 60 with a time of 6.74. Lawrence ran a faster time in the preliminaries at 6.70, tying for first place going into the semis.
Gray placed eighth with a jump of 5-feet, 7 ¼ inches and is ranked second in the MEAC. Smith jumped 48-feet, 6-inches in the triple jump placing ninth and ranking second in the MEAC.