Women's XC Takes Third at MEAC Championships
SMYRNA, DEL. (October 27, 2018) – The North Carolina A&T women’s cross country team continues to finish among the top teams in the in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. For the fourth straight year, the Aggies finished among the top-6 teams in the conference as they finished third on Saturday at the 2018 MEAC Cross Country Championships at the 5k course at Delaware State University Outreach and Research Center.
Florida A&M’s women took the MEAC title for a record-breaking seventh straight year, but it was not easy. Florida A&M finished with 43 points edging out Norfolk State by one point. N.C. A&T finished with 117 points, Maryland-Eastern Shore (123), and Howard (130) rounded out the top-5.
“Our women had a great season and I’m proud of them,” said Duane Ross, director of track and field programs. “They’ve worked their behinds off this season. Our competition was tough today and we needed a bit more to win, but our future is bright with our women.”
The Aggie women won the Greensboro Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 29 with juniors G’Jasmyne Butler and Kristoni Barnes finishing in the top-2 spots. They followed that performance with a win at the HBCU Cross Country Challenge in Cary, N.C., a week later with Butler finishing first for the second consecutive week.
On Saturday, the Aggies had a total time of one hour, forty-four minutes with an average time of 20:53.38. N.C. A&T was led by Butler as she finished in 13th place in 19:58.67 to earn All-MEAC honors. Barnes came in at No. 20 with a time of 20:34.45 while junior Camille Martin ran the course in 20:49.2 to finish 23rd.
Freshman Monzerad Creary (21:21.26) and junior Khadijah Reid (21:43.32) were the other top-5 finishing Aggies. Freshmen Shalah Means (22:04.72) and Paris Hunter (23:44.61) were the other runners competing for N.C. A&T.