4x1 Uses Last Chance to Break School Record
GREENSBORO (May 14, 2017) – Making the most out of their last home meet for the season, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference outdoor track and field champion North Carolina A&T men's team once again lowered the school record in the 4x100 meter relay this time at the 2017 Aggie Last Chance Meet on the Irwin Belk Track. Seniors Christopher Belcher and Caleb Gabriel, freshman Jaylen Mitchell and sophomore Rodney Rowe completed the sprints in 39.25 on Sunday which defeated the 39.44 school record set at the 2017 MEAC outdoor championships.
While taking first at the Aggie Last Chance Meet, Belcher, Mitchell, Rowe, and Gabriel also moved the 4x1 team up on the rankings, positioning themselves eighth on the NCAA Division I East Qualifying List (east regional) and 17th in the country. Belcher, Rowe, Gabriel, and Joel Thomas' mark from the MEAC championships, sits 13th in the east regional and 29th in the country.
Other successes on the men's team included victories in the 110m-hurdles and the 3000m steeplechase. Winning the former was sophomore Michael Dickson, completing a 13.88 to rank first in the preliminaries, and then running 13.86 for first in the finals. Championing the steeplechase was senior Darren White with a 9:15.94 run.
After the 4x1, Mitchell came back later in the day to finish third in the 100 with a mark of 10.72. Also, finishing third on the day was junior Corey Aiken in the men's 800m. Aiken ran 1:51.36 in the event while junior Steve Stowe marked 1:54.84 for ninth.
For the MEAC champion women's team, the sole win on Sunday came from sophomore Yakira Love as she qualified first in the 100m prelims in 11.60, and then finished first in the final in 11.64. And though Love placed fourth among the 200m competitors, her 23.73 in the event was first among the collegiate athletes. Junior Morgan Knight earned a second-place in the women's pole vault after elevating 11-feet, 7 ¾-inches.
Securing third-place finishes were sophomore Kennedy Thorne, who ran 1:01.49 in the 400mh, and junior Imani Coleman, who finished the 800m in 2:10.12. Up next for the Aggies are the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Rounds which are slated for May 25-27 at the University of Kentucky.