EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T men’s and women’s cross country teams return to Smyrna, Del., to make more history.
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Cross Country Championships take place, Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. at the Delaware State Outreach and Research Center. The men’s team is looking to defend its championship after winning it last season.
The women’s 5k race starts at 11 a.m., followed by the men’s 8k race at noon with the awards ceremony starting after the completion of the men’s race.
“Our men have been competing very well this season,” said N.C. A&T director of track and field programs, Duane Ross. “They understand what must happen in order to repeat as champions this season. If we perform like I know we can, I fully believe that our men can repeat. They’re focused and their preparation has been great this season.”
This season, sophomore Regan Kimtai holds the fourth-fastest time in the MEAC with an 8k time of 25:13.4 on Sept. 28 at the Greensboro Cross Country Invitational. Freshman Jordan Richardson, sophomore Morris Kimble and senior Joel Freeman also have posted times in the top-10 in the MEAC.
Richardson has the seventh-fastest time in the MEAC (25:50.0), which was set last Friday at Vertcross Invitational.
Kimble, a 2018 All-MEAC performer, has the ninth-fastest time in the conference at 26:11.5, also recorded at the Vertcross Invitational. Freeman set his best time this season at the Greensboro Invitational (26:27.1) for the 10th-best time in the MEAC.
The biggest challenge for the Aggies to repeat this season is Norfolk State. The Spartans have recorded four top-12 times in the MEAC including the top two times in the conference.
On the women’s side, senior G’Jasmyne Butler has posted the fourth-best time at 18:55.2 on Oct. 5 at the Robert Shumake HBCU Challenge. Sophomore Shalah Means sits just outside the top-10 of the MEAC with a 19:48.9 5k time, only five seconds from the top-10.
The last time out, Kimtai finished fourth at the Vertcross Invitational last Friday with an 8k time of 25:18.0, while freshman Jordan Richardson finished 18th with a time of 25:50.0. On the women’s side, Means led the Aggies with a 6k time of 24:38.4. Butler followed by finishing in 24:43.6.