ELON (August 31, 2018) – Freshman Regan Kimtai had a superb debut for the North Carolina A&T men's cross country team Friday night at the highly competitive Elon Invitational on the campus of Elon University. Kimtai finished third overall, the highest finish for an Aggie since Darren White won the event in 2016. Kimtai finished in 18:41 in the 6k event to finish behind first-place Amon Kemboi of Campbell (18:15) and second-place Lawrence Kipkoech of Campbell (18:19).
Both N.C. A&T's men's and women's cross country teams opened their respective seasons on Friday. The Aggies were among seven men’s teams and eight women’s teams who competed. Seventy-three runners competed on the men’s side, while the women’s race involved 67 participants. Junior G'Jasmyne Butler put up the best time for the Aggie women by finishing 21st in 15:19 during the 4k run.
The Aggie men finished sixth overall with 137 points with an average time of 20.36. Campbell took the top spot with 34 points and an average time of 18:11.2. The Fighting Camels were followed by Duke (36) and High Point (97)in the top-3. N.C. A&T's women finished in sixth place with 168 points and an average time of 16:46.4. High Point captured the top spot with 28 points and an average time of 14:36. HPU was followed by Campbell (54) and UNC Greensboro (78) to round out the top-3.
“A very solid performance by both teams,” said Duane Ross, N.C. A&T’s director of track and field programs. “Our freshmen men really stepped up and led this weekend and once our returners get back into the rhythm we’ll be looking at some really good team performances."
Freshman Kimble Morris was the next Aggie from the men's team to cross the finish line as he finished 34th in 20:29. Junior Marquise McGee came in at 45th with a time of 20:48. For the ladies, junior Kristoni Barnes followed Butler with a time of 16:08 to finish 39th. Camille Martin finished 46that 16:41.
“Our women are young and very solid, and I’m looking forward to their continued improvement," said Ross.
The Aggies have two more weeks to prepare for the next race which will be the Adidas Cross Country Challenge at the Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary on September 14.