Greensboro (October 6, 2017) – North Carolina A&T men’s and women’s cross country will be hitting the trail for the second weekend in a row at the Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge. For the second week in a row, the men’s team will be running an 8k race while the women will be competing in a 5k race. The men start at 9:30 a.m., and the women follow at 10:05 a.m.
The men will be going for a fourth straight win in a row at the HBCU Challenge race. Last season the Aggies finished with 47 points which was 23 points lower than second-place Hampton. The Aggies looked strong last week in their first 8k race of the season, winning the event with three runners finishing in the Top-15.
Junior Hakeem Mustafaa earned co-runner of the week from the MEAC after his first-place finish in 26:19.4 at the 34th annual Greensboro Cross Country Invitational last week. “It was surprising and I didn’t expect it, but I’m happy and it is motivating,” said Mustafaa.
The women’s team finished second last year which was three spots better than their 2014 results after the 2015 event was cancelled. Sophomore Camille Martin has been setting the pace for the women, but sophomore G’Jasmyne Butler finished this race second last year ahead of Martin at the HBCU Challenge. Coming off last week’s superb performance, the women are looking to poise the Aggies for their second straight cross country sweep after the winning also won last week at the Greensboro Cross Country Invitational with five runners finishing in the Top-10.
Both teams ran at Wake Med Soccer Complex three weeks ago at the Adidas XC Challenge, so they are familiar with the course. One of the things that has challenged the Aggies in previous events are the hills. In preparation, the teams added hill drills to their workouts.
Duane Ross, the director of track and field programs at N.C. A&T, enjoys competing at the HBCU Challenge. The race is named after Cedric Walker, a man Ross says he knew and respected.
“We’ve been attending the Cedric Walker HBCU Challenge for the last five years, and we enjoy this meet tremendously,” stated Ross. “Our men have won this meet a few times in the past, and we look to do the same this year.”