WINSTON-SALEM (February 27, 2018) – To complement their recent men’s and women’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships, several North Carolina A&T athletes took another shot at qualifying for the NCAA indoor championships, scheduled for March 9-10 in College Station, Texas. In an effort to make the trip to Texas, N.C. A&T competed at the JDL Last Chance Invitational on Sunday. The men and women combined to win eight events.
Sophomore Madeleine Akobundu recorded two personal records during the event. Akobundu won the women’s 60-meter hurdles and long jump events and improved her rankings on the indoor nationals list. In the 60mh, she is tied for 30th after running an 8.22 and in the long jump she is 29th after leaping 20-feet, 2 ½ inches. The Aggies women’s 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Tori Ray, sophomore Sun-Sara Williams, freshman Nia Lundy and sophomore Kristoni Barnes ran a season-best 3:43.58 to win the event.
Senior India Brown won the 200m, crossing the finish line at 24.07 while sophomore Taliyah Townsend won the 60m prelims with a time of 7.60. In the 800m, Barnes ran a personal-record 2:09.77 to place fourth.
For the men, senior Joel Thomas just missed his PR (6.68) in the 60m with a time of 6.69 to win the event. Senior Michael Dickson was a tenth of a second shy of setting a new season-best in the 60mh. He placed first as he ran a 7.82. Freshman Trevor Stewart won the 400m event at 47.64 and senior Lasheon Strozier won the triple jump at 50-feet, 8 ¾ inches.
Qualification to the NCAA indoor championships is based on the descending-order list for the season and adhering to the qualifying regulations/criteria published on www.NCAA.org. For each men’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition.
For each women’s individual event contested, including the pentathlon, the top 16 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 12 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. The stated maximums are absolute and will not be extended because of ties.