The anticipation for the 2013 MEAC Cross Country Championships continues to build. Saturday didn’t help ease the Aggies’ eagerness to get there. The North Carolina A&T men’s cross country team won its division of the Great American Cross Country Festival held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The men won the HBCU Division I division by placing five runners among the top six finishers.
Junior Saeed Jones led the men with a second place finish in 26:18.40. He was followed by third-place Darren White (26:34.8), fourth-place Christian Harrison (26:36.8), fifth-place Franky Mills (26:43.9) and sixth-place Dyronne Marbry (27:10.3).
“I am extremely proud of the men, they competed very well today, Duane Ross, the Aggies director of track and field programs. “This really gives our men a confident boost with a couple weeks left before MEAC. The guys are learning how to run together and compete. I’m very proud of them and proud of (cross country coach Perry Cabean).”
There were five HBCU’s in the 8k race on Saturday, including A&T. A&T finished ahead of Howard, Hampton, N.C. Central and S.C. State. Howard’s Elisha Metto was the individual winner of the race with a time of 25:53.2. But the as a team, the Aggies scored an impressive low score of 20 points and had an average time of 26:40.88.
The women placed fourth in the HBCU Division I division. Redshirt senior Janessa Benn finished her 5k race in 19:48.7 for a fourth-place finish. Janay Ferrell came in sixth place with a time of 19:55.5.
I’m equally proud of the women; they did a very good job. They’re not where the men are but I’m proud of them for being competitive,” said Ross.
The MEAC meet is three weeks away. Even though defending champions Florida A&M was not there, the Aggie men are feeling better about their chances in Princess Anne, Md., in three weeks.