WINSTON-SALEM - Even though it was the start of the indoor
track and field season, it was two gentlemen mostly known for their cross
country efforts that stood out for North Carolina A&T on Saturday.
The Aggies competed in the JDL College Kickoff Classic at the JDL Fast Track facility on
Saturday as the men's and women's indoor season got underway.
Sophomores Christian Harrison and Saeed Jones both broke
school records during the meet. Harrison placed second in the 1,000 meters by
running it in 2:28.46. Jones set a new school mark in the men's 1 mile run. He
ran the mile in 4:23.77 for fifth place. Harrison and Jones were a part of the
A&T men's cross country team that finished fourth at the MEAC meet. It was
the Aggies highest finish in 17 years.
"I'm a very happy coach today," said Duane Ross, the Aggies
first-year director of track and field programs. "We had an absolutely great
day with a couple of school records. Christian Harrison and Saeed Jones are two
young men we got started in September, we kept them going and they've made a
smooth transition to the track. They're a little ahead of everyone on the team."
Ross wanted to get the indoor season started in December
rather than January in order to help his team gain confidence, while at the
same time allowing his athletes to gauge where they are as the Year 2013
Other top performances on the women's side included a
second-place finish in the shot put by Sydni Cobb and a second-place by Roshel
Bygrave in the 300 meters. Cobbs throw of 45-feet, 5-inches put her approximately
2 1/2-feet behind first-place winner Tremanisha Taylor of N.C. State. Bygrave
ran the 300 meters in 40.01. Also on the women's side, Dotrine Jacobs finished
the 60 meter hurdles in 8.74 seconds for second place.
Keenan Smith had an excellent day for the men. He finished
second in the long jump with a leap of 22-feet, 11-inches. In the 300 meters,
he finished fourth 35.63. His twin brother Kendrick finished third in the
triple jump (46-feet, 6 ¼ inches) and fourth in the long jump (22-feet,
5-inches). Senior sprinter Darryl Williams placed second in the 60 meters with
a time of 6.86.
The Aggies return to action next year when they travel to
Birmingham, Ala., to compete in the UAB Blazer Indoor Invitational.