Improved XC Teams Seek MEAC Titles
EAST GREENSBORO (October 26, 2018) – The North Carolina A&T cross country teams are prepared for the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships at the Delaware State University Outreach and Research Center in Smyrna, Del.
The women’s team will get the action started 9:45 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 with a 5k run. The men get underway at 10:30 a.m., for an 8k race.
Florida A&M’s David Too holds the fastest time men’s 8k time in the MEAC for the second straight year at 23:57. The Rattlers, who hold the top-6 fastest times in the MEAC, are looking to dethrone defending champion Norfolk State. Florida A&M’s Emmax Kiplagat holds the fastest women’s 5k time at 17:12.8. The Florida A&M women have won the last six MEAC championships. It may be difficult to knock them from their perch. The fastest four 5k times in the MEAC belong to the Rattlers.
The N.C. A&T men continue to improve with each competition proving that by having six runners record season-best two weeks ago. Freshmen Regan Kimtai and Morris Kimble have led the charge during the 2018 season. Kimble has the seventh-fastest 8k time in the MEAC at 25:37.5. Kimtai has the ninth-fastest time at 25:56.7. Juniors Mar’Quise McGee and Dequan Maddox have been solid as well. Both runners have two top-10 finishes this season.
Junior G’Jasmyne Butler has had record-breaking performances in three out of four races in 2018. Her fastest time in a 5k race this season was 18.52.2 which is the sixth-fastest time in the conference. Junior Kristoni Barnes has been a consistent top finisher. In last year’s championship, the women finished fourth while the men placed fifth.
“The athletes have had a good season, they are healthy and ready to compete, and we’re excited for this weekend,” said Duane Ross, director of track and field programs at N.C. A&T. “There are some really good teams competing this weekend and we will need to focus and have our best competition yet if we expect to come away victorious.”
N.C. A&T has not only done well on the trails this season, but they have also been excellent in the classroom. Cross country placed four athletes – Barnes, Butler, Maddox and junior Camille Martin – on the MEAC’s 2018 All-Academic team.
Seventy-two student-athletes from the conference’s 12 institutions achieved academic success during the 2017-18 academic year, the conference reported on Wednesday. MEAC sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, as well as transfer student-athletes who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year, are eligible for the accolades.
“It is my honor to congratulate our women’s and men’s cross country student-athletes for maintaining a 3.0 or better grade point average,” said MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis E. Thomas. “I would also like to acknowledge the academic support staff, parents and coaches who have contributed to the academic success of these student-athletes.”