NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - It was a record-breaking day for the
North Carolina A&T cross country teams. The men and women ran at Christopher
Newport University on Saturday. In the process, sophomore Saeed Jones broke an
8k school record for the men, while senior Kristin Rush shattered the school's
6k mark for the women.
Rush placed 11th with a time of 23:54.70. Her performance
helped the women finish 11th out of 16 schools. Their time was 2:11:00.49. The Aggies did finish
higher than conference rivals Norfolk State and Hampton. Jones finished the men's
8k race in 26:36.85, which was good enough for a 16th place. As a team, the Aggies placed seventh out of 13
teams with a time of 2:24:48.71.
"It's the same thing I've been preaching since
I got here, we need to be a complete team," Duane Ross, the Aggies director of
track and field programs, said. "We're at the point now where we are getting
some great individual performances, but once we're able to build a complete
team here, we're going to make some noise in the MEAC."
The Aggies next meet will be at the MEAC Championships at
Princess Anne, Md., on Oct. 27. The course at Christopher Newport prepared the
Aggies for the championships, according to Ross. The Aggies finished ahead of
the Hampton men, but the team to beat will be Norfolk State.
"We're headed in the right direction," Ross said. "As long
as our young people are striving to be competitive, I feel like we're headed in
the right direction."
Sophomore Christian Harrison added to some of the season
best on Saturday. He ran the 8k race in 28:18 to finish 62nd. On the
women's side, Janay Ferrell finished 16th with a time of 24:09.64.