By Kandace Watkins
N.C. - This
weekend the North Carolina A&T men's and women's cross country teams will
travel to Princess Anne, Md., to compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Cross Country Championships at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The
meet will be held October 28-29, with the women's five-kilometer race at 9:45
a.m., followed by the men's eight-kilometer race at 10:30 a.m. For
complete men's and women's cross country championship information, visit
Championship Central at www.MEACSports.com.
are coming off from an impressive showing at last weekend's North Carolina
Central Classic Invitational meet where both the men and women had improved
have been very pleased with our progress this season," said associate head
coach James Daniels. "In a short period of time our student-athletes have
developed into a competitive cross country program. I am extremely proud of their
efforts and ambassadorship."
For the women, junior
Janessa Benn is ranked fourth in the MEAC top 20, with her best time of
18:47.44, which she ran in the NCCU women's 5k race. Junior Paris Simmons is
ranked 17th amongst MEAC runners with a top time of 26:45.58. He ran
in the NCCU Classic men's 8k race.
"On the women's side Janessa Benn, Ariana
Betts, Samira Johnson, and Kristin Rush have all done well and improved significantly
throughout the season," said Daniels. "They are very excited about this weekend."
Cephas, Christian Harrison, Saeed Jones, Steve Liggins-who did not run last
season - and Olumese Omozokpi have taken every opportunity to get better and
are running very well at this moment, Daniels added.