A&T Looks Complete at Aggie Invitational NCATAGGIES.COM Sat, Apr 13
EAST GREENSBORO – Despite all the rain that dripped onto the surface of North Carolina A&T’s Irwin Belk Track Saturday afternoon during the Aggie Invitational, the N.C. A&T track and field outdoor teams came away healthy, improved and drenched.
A day after looking excellent in the sprints at the Aggie Invitational, the Aggies returned on Saturday and had a good overall showing. There were wins in the throw, jump, and distant race events. And yes, of course, N.C. A&T also did pretty well in the sprints.
“Our team is definitely race-ready as we enter the second half of the season,” said Duane Ross, N.C. A&T’s director of track and field programs. “We’re also happy that the mass majority of the team is injury-free and racing well at the right time.”
On Friday, N.C. A&T claimed first place in the men’s and women’s 100 meters, the men’s 110-meter hurdles and the women’s 100mh. It was more of the same in the sprints and the hurdles on Saturday.
The Aggies claimed both 4x100-meter relay races. The men’s team of juniors Akeem Sirleaf and Trevor Stewart and seniors Michael Dickson and Rodney ran a 40.25. It was a little more than a second slower than the 39.21 the team ran at the Florida Relays on March 28. On the women’s side, the 4x100 team of freshmen Cambrea Sturgis and Kamaya Debose-Epps and junior Taliyah Townsend and senior Kayla White finished in 45.12 to beat St. Augustine’s by nearly two seconds.
There were two other relays on the day. The N.C. A&T 4x400 team of juniors Kemarni Mighty, Chase Bonham and Brandy Felix and freshman Akeem Lindo won their race in 3:14.93. Bonham ran a 47-second split during the race. The women’s 4x4 team (freshmen Shalah Means and Monzerad Creary and sophomore Arianna Purvis and junior Kristoni Barnes) finished in second place with a time of 3:50.05.
Townsend returned to the track to win the women’s 200m with a time of 23.91. It was Townsend’s first career win in the 200 as well as a personal record.