GREENSBORO (September 30, 2017) – It was a triumphant return to Hagan Stone Park for North Carolina A&T. The N. C. A&T men’s and women’s cross country teams claimed victory at the 34th Annual Greensboro XC Invitational on Saturday at Hagan Stone Park. The women finished with 23 points beating out UNC Chapel Hill’s club team (40), N.C. State’s club Team (71) and N.C. Central (104).
The men scored a meet-low 41 points, which was one point lower than second-place UNC Chapel Hill Club Team (42). N.C. State Club Team (51), Masonboro Track Club (102) and N.C. Central (145) rounded out the Top-5.
Six Aggie female runners finished in the Top-10. Sophomore Camille Martin led the Aggies by winning the 5k event with a personal-best time of 19:24.72. Sophomore G’Jasmyne Butler furthered the Aggies dominance by finishing second in 19:32.24. Sophomore Kristoni Barnes posted a personal-best 19:39.94 to finish fourth. Barnes’ previous personal best occurred two weeks ago at the Adidas XC Challenge in Cary when she finished with a time of 19:51.25.
Senior Miranda Green’s seventh place finish in 20:26.19, sophomore Khadijah Reed’s ninth place finish 20:47.17 and senior Imani Coleman’s 10th place finish in 20:53.56 rounded out the top-10.
“We ran a lot of hill drills leading up to this race to prepare us and it paid off,” said Martin.
Junior Hakeem Mustafaa crossed the finished finish line first to win the men's event in 26:19.39. Sophomore Marquise McGee (2) was the only other Top-10 Aggie, finishing with a personal-best 26:29.94 in the 8k event. Dequan Maddox finished just outside the Top-10 with an 11th-place finish in 27:41.55. Two other Aggies finished in the Top-15 as Senior Corey Aiken finished 13th in 28:15.88 and Steve Stowe finished 14th in 28:16.16.
“This is exactly the confidence we needed heading into the HBCU Challenge and ultimately the conference championships,” said Duane Ross, N.C. A&T’s director of track and field programs.
The Aggies were running at Hagan Stone for the first time in five years. Ross chose to return to Hagan Stone because the terrain is like the course at the MEAC Cross Country Championships.
“I am proud of the teams and see a lot of confidence in them after this meet, but we still have MEAC to go, and that will be a whole different competition,” stated Ross. “We will enjoy this victory today and come Monday we have to get back on our grind and get ready for conference.”
The Aggies will return to the Wake Med Soccer Park where they competed on Sept. 16, to run in the Robert Shumake HBCU Challenge on October 7. The men are three-time champions. Their race will start at 9:30 a.m., the women will follow at 10:05.