GREENSBORO (September 14, 2017) – Two weeks after facing the likes of North Carolina, Campbell and Elon, the competition will not get any easier for the North Carolina A&T men’s and women’s cross country teams this week.
The Aggies are headed to Cary to compete in the adidas XC Challenge at 6:10 p.m., Friday, September 15 at the WakeMed Soccer/Cross Country Park. The men will race first, running a 6k course while the women will follow on the 5k course at 6:35.
The Aggies opened the season at the Elon Invitational where the men finished seventh and the women finished ninth. N.C. A&T’s competition will be even tougher this week. There will be 277 athletes from 15 Division I programs. There will be 122 men and 155 women competing.
Power Five schools competing include host N.C. State, Wake Forest, Duke and Michigan. Other top teams competing include Charleston Southern, Davidson, ECU, Elon, Gardner-Webb, Mercer, Richmond, UNC Greensboro and VCU.
“We expect the competition to be intense, and we want to keep progressing” said Duane Ross, director of track and field programs. “The goal is to get better every week and take one race at a time.”
Junior Hakeem Mustafaa ran a 20:04 at the 6k Elon Invitational two weeks ago, while sophomore Mar’Quise McGee finished in 20:10. Last season at the adidas XC Challenge, Mustafaa ran 20:07.6 in the 6k race. McGee also ran last season in Cary, where he ran a 20:43.7.
On the women’s side, Aggie sophomores Camille Martin (16:01), G’Jasmyne Butler (16:06) and Kristoni Barnes (16:06) were the first three to cross the finish line two weeks ago in Elon’s 5k event. Butler crossed first for the Aggies last season at the adidas XC Challenge by finishing the 5k event in 19:21.4. Senior Miranda Green was the second to finish last season in Cary with a time of 20:02.2, while Martin ran a 20:15.5.