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Sports Forum / anybody been watching the women's world cup?
« on: June 26, 2019, 05:22:50 PM »
man, the usa women pretty much "laughed" their way through the preliminary rounds, none of the games were close.  but then, they played spain the other day in their first single elimination game and they won 2-1, but quite frankly they should've loss.

the usa women scored both of their goals against spain by virtue of two "penalty kicks".  hey, don't get me wrong, i'm most definitely pulling for the usa women.  but i swear, i don't know what soccer game the referee was watching because i "honestly" didn't see an obvious foul committed by spain in the penalty box either time that the usa was awarded penalty kicks.

on her second penalty kick call, the referee even took several minutes to review video replay of her call and she could've reversed it, but she didn't.  and i swear, i was "floored" when she confirmed her original call!!

hey, it paid off for the usa women.  but it didn't feel good if usa fans are honest with themselves.  i'm glad the usa women won, but i don't like winning that way.  felt like spain got cheated out of that win, spain "legitimately" scored their only goal during regulation play.  usa only scored by virtue of 2 penalty kicks which have a very high probability of being successful, but they got "shutout" during regular play.

wow, i've never felt so bad about an usa world cup win than in that game...

proud to say that our ladies are the only d1 hbcu ranked in the top 25 and the only "non-power 5" school ranked in the top 25 with the exception of new mexico (mountain west) and byu (independent).  we're also the only "fcs" school ranked in the top 25...  :)

Sports Forum / a&t "shuts out" south carolina gamecocks in baseball...
« on: March 27, 2019, 11:56:04 AM »
wow!! what a year it has been for my aggies!!  :clap: :clap: :clap:

A&T Baseball Earns Huge Upset Win Over Gamecocks


Tue, Mar 26

COLUMBIA, S.C. – North Carolina A&T baseball’s historic weekend carried over into this week.

Days after sweeping Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Bethune-Cookman for the first time, the Aggies earned one of the biggest upset wins in program history by defeating the University of South Carolina, 2-0 Tuesday night at Founders Park.

The Aggies beat a Gamecocks program out of the Power Five conference SEC with two national championships, six College World Series championship game appearances and 11 College World Series appearances.

More importantly, the Aggies (15-9) have won five straight which also included a rare win over crosstown rival UNC Greensboro. All five wins have come away from the Aggies home, War Memorial Stadium.

Junior RHP Michael Johnson proved his worth to the Aggies program. After missing his customary weekend start, Johnson got back to work on Tuesday and devoured some valuable innings for the Aggies.

He pitched five innings of shutout baseball giving up only three hits, walking two and striking out five. Johnson improved to 4-1 on the season thanks in part to excellent work by the relievers who followed him on the mound. Senior RHP Leon Davidson pitched two innings of hitless baseball while walking two and striking out three.

Senior RHP Roberto Negron tossed an inning of relief giving up one hit and striking out one. Senior RHP Leon Hunter picked up his fourth save of the season by pitching a scoreless inning that included him striking out two.

N.C. A&T managed only four hits against Gamecocks pitching with senior A.J. Hunt recording two of those hits. Hunt also drove in a run along with reigning MEAC rookie of the week Tony Mack.

The Aggies upset win was aided by a productive two-out third inning rally. All the runs were produced with two strikes on the batter. Junior Dustin Baber walked on a 3-2 pitch delivered by USC starter Dylan Harley. Mack then doubled through the left side on an 0-2 pitch to score Baber for a 1-0 advantage.

Hunt ripped a 1-2 pitch through the left side to score Mack to give the Aggies all the runs they would need.

The Gamecocks were able to put runners on second and third in the third inning, but Johnson pitched his way out of it. Gamecock runners reached second and third in the fourth inning before Johnson escaped again.

USC did double off Hunter in the ninth inning to put the tying run at the plate. Luke Berryhill moved to third on a groundout before Hunter struck out the last two batters he faced to secure the historic victory.

N.C. A&T will have to do it all over again on Wednesday as they face another Power Five team in N.C. State at 6 p.m., at First National Bank Field, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Admission is $5.

Sports Forum / from worst to "first", a&t aggies on top yet again...
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:34:39 PM »
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from worst to "first", a&t aggies on top yet again!  best apr in the meac!  hard to imagine considering where we were 8 years ago.  thanks to our chancellor, for the past 8 years of your administration you have "literally" turned our university around!  not only athletically, but also "academically"... :bow:

NFL players are considering sitting out the entire season until Colin Kaepernick is signed

By Von Lozon

Posted: 3:23 AM, May 29, 2018

Updated: 3:23 AM, May 29, 2018

According to The Intercept's Shaun King, "several" star players in the NFL are considering sitting out the entire upcoming season until quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid are both given spots on rosters, and that they are looking to get 25 percent of players to sit out.

“BREAKING: Several star @NFL players have told me they are considering sitting out the season until the de facto ban of Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick is removed and both men are given spots back on rosters.

 They aim to get 25% of the players to sit out with them. — Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 27, 2018

Kaepernick's last NFL game was in 2016, the same year he began to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality.

Reid, who played with Kaepernick, kneeled alongside him. Reid also recently filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, as no team has signed him three months into the NFL's offseason. Reid's attorney also represents Kaepernick in his own collusion grievance, which was filed against the NFL in October.

Reid finished the 2017 season with 67 total tackles and two interceptions in 13 games.

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio also reported documents that showed multiple teams viewed Kaepernick as "a starting NFL quarterback in 2017."

Sports Forum / A&T's Tarik Cohen selected for Pro Bowl!!
« on: December 21, 2017, 01:32:29 PM »
:clap: wow!!  what a year it has been for my aggies!!

Tarik Cohen selected for Pro Bowl

Two players with ties to Greensboro were selected this week for the NFL’s Pro Bowl as fifth-year receiver Keenan Allen earned his first selection, while rookie running back Tarik Cohen was named an alternate for the Jan. 27 game in Orlando.

Keenan Allen

WR | Los Angeles Chargers

Local connection: Standout wide receiver and defensive back at Northern Guilford, ranked as the state’s top recruit and the nation’s best defensive back in the class of 2010 before playing at California.

The path: After catching 71 passes for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie, Allen battled injuries over the next three seasons, playing in seven games in 2015 and just one in 2016 after tearing his ACL in the season-opener.

This season: Finally healthy, Allen has emerged as one of the best receivers in the game, ranking fourth in the NFL with 1,197 yards on 88 catches, which ranks sixth in the league. He’s only gotten stronger late in the season, with four straight 100-yard receiving performances beginning on Nov. 19 as the Chargers battle for playoff position.

Tarik Cohen

RB | Chicago Bears

Local connection: The 5-6, 180-pound Cohen accepted his only scholarship offer at N.C. A&T and rewrote the program’s record books, leaving as the Aggies’ all-time leading rusher – a title he also owns for the MEAC.

The path: Despite his standout career at A&T, questions about Cohen’s size persisted as he prepared for the NFL Draft. Those concerns were put to rest when he went to the NFL Scouting Combine and posted the fastest time in the 40-yard dash, running it in 4.42 seconds. He was chosen by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round.

This season: Cohen doesn’t really have a position; he’s just a football player. Listed at running back, Cohen has been just as dangerous lined up at receiver, catching 45 passes for 327 yards while rushing for 348 yards on 82 carries. Cohen has also been dangerous in the return game, taking a punt for a touchdown and even threw for a score on Oct. 15.


Michael Jordan sets sneaker world abuzz with possible #BlackLivesMatter Air Jordans

By Joe Marusak

August 18, 2017 10:48 AM

Charlotte Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan headlined the sneaker world news again this week after one of his Jordan Brand employees unveiled a pair of black Air Jordan 1 High sneakers sporting “#BLACKLIVESMATTER.”

The hashtag appears in all-white lettering on the ankle straps.

Jordan Brand employee Frank Cooker posted a picture of the sneakers on Instagram along with the comment: “… and so does standing up for peace, harmony, equality and justice for ALL!”

Frank Cooker Let’s His Air Jordan 1 High Black Lives Matter Sneakers Do All The Talking -
— KicksOnFire (@kicksonfire) August 17, 2017

“The latest Air Jordan to surface is a timely pair with a social message,” sneaker magazine Sole reported.

“Is this sneaker releasing at retail?” the magazine asked. “There’s no indication at the moment, but Cooker, who works in energy design for Jordan, often posts samples and one-offs that never make it to the public.”

Jordan Brand has released Black History Month sneakers in the past, the magazine noted, “but has never expressly come out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Jordan, however, has become more outspoken about police relations with minorities. In July 2016, he said he was giving $1 million each to two organizations he said were working to build trust between blacks and law enforcement: the Institute for Community-Police Relations, started by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

[RELATED: Michael Jordan donates $2 million to build trust between blacks, police]

“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late,” Jordan said in a letter at the time published on the The Undefeated website.

“I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent,” he wrote. “We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment and that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.”

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak


Aggies Send Record Number to Regionals

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
            Release: 05/24/2017

GREENSBORO (May 24, 2017) – Before earning a pass to the 2017 NCAA Championships, the North A&T men's and women's outdoor track and field athletes must first advance through the NCAA Division I Track and Field East Preliminary Round (east regionals) this weekend. From May 25-27, the athletes will sift through the first rounds and quarterfinals of their respective events while competing in Lexington, Ky.

This season the Aggies will send a school-record 20 athletes to the east regionals with 19 making the trip. The old A&T record was 18 set in 2009. Redshirt junior Todd Townsend decided to forgo competition due to injury. 

“That's better than last year and definitely better than the year before that, so I'm pleased and the staff is pleased,” said the director of track and field programs Duane Ross. “And the team is happy to have the comradery there. It's not just one or two athletes going, like there has been in the past, where they feel it's them against the world. They have their teammates and that support system so they're happy.”

The Aggies will start competition with the first round of the women's 100 meters on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Junior India Brown, who ranks 14th (11.34) will be the sole representative for the women as she faces some tough athletes from LSU. LSU has three ladies ranked in the top-five including the top-qualifier Aleia Hobbs who boasts a 10.85 in the event.

The men's 100 will follow at 6:55 p.m. On the men's side, the Aggies have senior Christopher Belcher (9.99) who ranks sixth, senior Caleb Gabriel (10.18) who ranks 11th, and sophomore Rodney Rowe (10.28) who ranks 24th. Although last year's highest qualifying mark in the 100m was 9.99 (Tevin Hester), this year Belcher will have even stiffer competition from the likes of Tennessee's Christian Coleman (9.93), who leads the qualifiers, and Mississippi State's Lawrence Crawford (9.97).

Junior Dajuan Harding will be the last sprinter on Thursday as the 400m starts at 7:45 p.m. Harding's 46.18 in the 400 is 17th, but less than two seconds separates Harding from 44.52, the time ran by No. 1 ranked Nathon Allen of Auburn. Freshman Madeleine Akobundu will be the only field performer on the day as she tackles the first round of the long jump at 7:15 p.m. Akobundu's jump of 20-feet, 8 ½-inches has her listed 21st in the east region.

On Friday, the sprinters who advanced through the first rounds will return for the quarterfinals in the 100m and 400m events. The day begins, however, with the first round of the women's 100-meter hurdles at 4:30 p.m. followed by the men's 110mh at 5 p.m. Hurdling for the women will be sophomore Kayla White (13.16) and junior Morgan Knight (13.49). White is ninth in the region. To advance, White will need to keep her sprints close to 13 seconds flat because the Top-5 women are under it.

Devynne Charlton of Purdue owns the top 100mh time (12.67). Townsend's withdrawal means three Aggies – sophomore Michael Dickson (13.84), senior TeQuille Jackson (13.92) and freshman Robert Miller (14.09) – will compete to advance to championships. Dickson and Jackson are ranked 13th and 16th respectively. The event is led by Chad Zallow (13.37) from Youngstown State and Grant Holloway (13.42) from Florida. 

Friday will also hold the first rounds of the 200m events, in which the Aggies will see their exact same sprinters from the 100m. For the women, Brown (22.98) ranks 12th, and for the men Belcher (20.59) is 13th, Rowe (20.61) is 14th, and Gabriel (20.69) sits at 17th. Brown's fiercest competitor in the 200m is likely to be Kyra Jefferson from the Florida who leads with a 22.43 sprint. The men will again see rivalry with Coleman (19.98) of Tennessee who is ranked first in the 200.

Saturday will be the final day of the east regionals and the Aggies will see the last of their first-round competitions as sophomores Lasheon Strozier and Anisa Toppin participate in the triple jump. Strozier claimed a season-best 51-feet, 10-inches that placed him 20th on the east qualifying list while Toppin secured a jump of 41-feet, 2 ½-inches that has her ranked 46th.  The men's triple jump is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday and the women will jump at 6 p.m. Running events on Saturday will also start at 6 p.m. In addition to the quarterfinals for the 200m, 110m hurdles, and 100m hurdles the Aggies will also compete in quarterfinals of the men's and women's 4x100 and the men's 4x400.

“Our goal was to win conference and then get to the national championships and make some noise and be relevant at championships,” stated Ross. “This has been the goal since day one, and I think we're better prepared than we were last year.”

Sports Forum / has anybody been to an "arena football" game before?
« on: April 21, 2017, 03:30:17 PM »

hey, dc has a new arena football team called the "valor".  they won their first game "ever" played on april 7th beating the baltimore brigade 51-38 at the verizon center.  so it looks like these games are "high scoring" games.

i've never been to an arena football game before, so i'm not sure what the experience is like.  i think i might like being so close to the action.  the "valor" has a game this coming saturday night at the verizon center against the defending league champions, the philadelphia soul.  i'm seriously thinking about going, tickets only cost $15.

so has anybody been to an arena football game before?  if so, what's the experience like?  are the games exciting?

Sports Forum / Wichita State leaving MVC for AAC on July 1...
« on: April 07, 2017, 12:12:26 PM »

Wichita State leaving MVC for AAC on July 1

AP Sports Writer

Wichita State has accepted an invitation to join the American Athletic Conference.

Conference spokesman Bill Potter says the presidents of the conference's 12 member schools voted unanimously Friday to admit the school in all sports but football and the school accepted the invitation.

The school, which is currently a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, does not have a football program but it is a powerhouse in men's basketball.

It will officially join the league on July 1.

The AAC currently has 12 members for football: UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, South Florida, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa. Navy is a football-only school, so the Shockers would give the conference 12 members in both football and basketball.

The school did not have an immediate comment. Messages also were left seeking comment from the Missouri Valley Conference.


 :clap: congratulations is in order for a&t's tarik cohen who is amongst 4 hbcu players invited to the 2017 "nfl combine".  congrats also goes out to "2" tennessee state players, ezra robinson (db) and  jessamen dunker (ol) for making the combine.  in addition, scsu's javarius leamon (ol) also made the combine.

congrats to all!  now ya'll go and make that "money"...  :bow:

Sports Forum / Mystics acquire Elena Delle Donne...
« on: February 03, 2017, 12:42:35 PM »
don't know how many of ya'll follow women's basketball, but the washington mystics of the wnba just acquired one the best (if not "the" best) women's basketball players on the planet in elena delle donne.  her talent alone immediately now makes the mystics a wnba championship contender.

welcome to dc, elena...

By  - The Washington Times - Thursday, February 2, 2017

There was a time a couple weeks ago when the Washington Mystics weren’t sure Elena Delle Donne was going to be come to the District. The Chicago Sky was set on receiving three pieces for the 2015 MVP, a woman who has played in the Olympics, made multiple All-Star Games and whose nearby Delaware roots had pumped attendance figures when she visited.

Washington had to figure out what it was willing to give for such a shiny prize. Each side moved into the stalemate, then stopped talking for about 48 hours. The Mystics determined what their hefty commitment would be — a former All-Star, last year’s No. 7 overall pick, this season’s second overall pick — and Chicago accepted. Della Donne can now pack.

“The season truly can’t come soon enough,” Delle Donne said Thursday on a conference call with reporters.

What the Mystics sent to Chicago to complete one of the biggest trades in league history was significant. Stefanie Dolson has been an all-star. Kahleah Copper was a top-10 pick last season that the Mystics view as a future star in the league, though she has significant work to get there. The second overall pick in this year’s draft is can yield another star to influence the ultimate view of the sign-and-trade deal that acquired Della Donne.

In return, Delle Donne, a former University of Delaware star, comes to Washington and tilts the power in WNBA. The Mystics were 13-21 last season. Della Donne’s presence allows coach and general manager Mike Thibault to move toward his preferred approach of “position-less” basketball. He said he has spent weeks dreaming about Delle Donne on one side and Emma Meesseman, a 6-foot-4 center who adeptly shoots 3-pointers, on the other side. Delle Donne’s versatility gives Thibault a trove of options.

“I’ve awaken in the middle of the night several times in the last week with offensive ideas in my head,” Thibault said. “It’s a unique situation. She takes pressure off everybody else, she can raise their level, and as she and I talked a while back, they can also do the same for her.”

Delle Donne has averaged 20.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game over her four-year career and has led her team to the playoffs each year, including a trip to the WNBA Finals in 2014. She averaged a career-best 23.4 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game on her way to being named the league’s MVP and earning All-WNBA first team honors in 2015. Last season, she averaged 21.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 28 games.

She had also expressed a desire to be closer to home now and in the past. Delle Donne was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and played college basketball for Delaware after abruptly leaving powerhouse Connecticut just two days after starting the summer program in Storrs. Her older sister, Lizzie, is blind, deaf and has cerebral palsy and can only communicate through touch and smell. A preference to be near her and her family influenced Delle Donne’s college decision and carried weight in this one, too.

“My entire family is super excited,” Delle Donne said. “Aunts, uncles, everybody’s thrilled, so, I think they’ll be at a lot of games. Having Lizzie this close by is so great. As many know, I can’t just call her, I can’t FaceTime her, I can’t just pick up the phone and talk to her. Now that I am in such close proximity to her, I’ll be able to see her a lot throughout the summer and I’m even hoping to get her to a game because she hasn’t been to one of my professional games because it’s just too hard to travel around with her. I’m just really excited to have that moment and be able to share it with her in D.C.”

Delle Donne has another dream on top of that one. Her arrival in Washington is expected to catapult the Mystics into contenders for the WNBA title. The team expects to make more moves — free agency opened Wednesday — to complete this summer’s roster. After that, Delle Donne is planning on coming to Washington a couple weeks before camp starts to begin work at her second professional home.

“I’m going to work my absolute hardest,” Delle Donne said. “Obviously, it’s a goal of mine to bring a championship to this incredible city. I’d be lying if I said I had not thought of that and dreamt of that.”

Sports Forum / a&t track steals one from the "big boys"...
« on: July 22, 2016, 10:25:02 AM »
aggie track is going thru the roof! coach ross is building not only an meac powerhouse, but also a program that can compete on the "national level". he's recruiting top tier athletes to our program. we just stole this kid from baylor, florida state, michigan state, and ohio state. look out meac, here we come!  checkout this usa today article...  :clap:

Male's Townsend commits to North Carolina A&T

By Jason Frakes July 21, 2016

Male High School product Taliyah Townsend, who won a trio of sprints at the Class 3-A state track and field meet in May, has committed to North Carolina A&T.

Townsend won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes in helping Male capture the state team title and had scholarship offers from Baylor, Florida State, Michigan State, Ohio State and several others.

“Everybody thinks I’m crazy for choosing a smaller school over the big schools, but I don’t think it’s about the school you go to,” Townsend said. “It’s about how you progress as an individual and an athlete on your own.”

Townsend said she didn’t visit North Carolina A&T until the middle of June and was impressed with Aggies head coach Duane Ross, who was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 2004.

“I really liked that he’d be the one working with me,” Townsend said. “A lot of the other schools, it wouldn’t have been the head coach working with me. It would have been the sprints coach.”

Townsend said she will enroll at North Carolina A&T next month and plans to major in biology. She plans to go into the pharmaceuticals business.

here's her video...


A&T Track &Field Men Receive More National Accolades
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
            Release: 05/13/2016

GREENSBORO (May 13, 2016) –  North Carolina A&T men’s track and field got more good news today ahead of Sunday’s annual Aggie Last Chance Meet at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track.

It was confirmed by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association that the Aggie men are their highest ranked Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team in history at No. 21. In fact, no MEAC team has ever reached the Top-25. In was also revealed that the N.C. A&T men have the highest ranked 100-meter team in the country. The ranking is determined by the top three 100 times for each team.

Junior Christopher Belcher has the No. 3 time in the nation at 10.07 (MEAC outdoor championships), junior Maurice Eaddy is ranked 19th nationally with a time of 10.27 (Georgia Invitational) and freshman Rodney Rowe is 28th in the country at 10.31 (MEAC outdoor championships) to make up the Aggies top ranking. (all underclassmen!  ;D)

Even with all of the national notoriety the Aggies have received lately, there is still work to do. There are still a few Aggies hoping to qualify for NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round, May 26-28, in Jacksonville, Fla. To qualify athletes must rank top-48 individually or top-24 in relays. Expecting to attract nearly 600 competitors, this weekend’s last chance meet is scheduled to begin Sunday morning at 9 with field events followed by track events starting at 11 a.m.  

“Sunday is the last day to get a qualifying time for regionals, so a lot of teams are coming in to try and get their marks down,” said director of track and field programs Duane Ross. “There are a lot of elite athletes coming because it’s an Olympic year so we actually created an unattached and a college race. We have so many people trying to race that we created two separate races so the college people can have more opportunities to run.”

Putting college athletes in preliminary events with unattached competitors lowers student-athletes’ chances of advancing to various finals, thus giving them one less opportunity to qualify for east regional, Ross explained.

Among the Aggies trying to earn a trip to Florida is freshman Lasheon Strozier who sits at 55th in the east in the triple jump with his season-high mark of 49-feet, 5 ¾-inches, earned at the Alan Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  Securing his season-best at the same event, sophomore Nehemiah Lipford currently ranks 74th in the high jump with his elevation of 6-feet, 8 ¾-inches.

Also from the men’s team, junior Caleb Gabriel will give last efforts in the sprints. Last year the combo football/track and field sprinter competed in the 100, 200, and 4x100 in the east regional and had season-lows of 10.29 and 21.70 in his individual events.

Gabriel will likely get to Florida to compete in the 4x1 as the team comes into the weekend ranked 11th regionally, but Gabriel’s time in the 100 is 10.53 and is listed 80th, while his sprint in the 200 is 60th at 21.70. “Caleb’s a little injured this year so he’s trying to get his time down,” said Ross.

For the distance runners, junior Darren White and sophomore Miranda Green will also be performing.  White will tackle the men’s 3000m steeplechase, for which he holds the school record at 9:16.71. Green will compete in the women’s 1500. The Aggies will also have at least two competitors that have already qualified running in the home event. Eaddy (100) and freshman Kayla White (100mh) have already qualified for regionals, but will compete Sunday in hopes of improving their qualifying times.


A&T Men's Track and Field Earns National Ranking
Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
            Release: 05/09/2016

GREENSBORO (May 9, 2016)  – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the governing body of track and field in the USA, released its latest top-25 NCAA Division I team rankings on Monday with the North Carolina A&T men’s track and field team listed among the top-25 for the first time in program history. They jumped an amazing 71 spots from 92nd to 21st in a week.

N.C. A&T’s top-25 slot puts them higher than some schools from big-named conferences such as South Carolina of the SEC and Kansas and Texas Christian of the Big 12. The Aggies’ previous highest ranking was 48th in 2008. The Aggies are ranked eighth in the USTFCCCA southeast region behind Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Louisville and Clemson.

“Our team and staff are excited about our current national and regional rankings,” said director of track and field programs Duane Ross. “We’ve known all season that these guys can compete with anyone in the country at any time. There’s still a lot of competing to do. The goal is the awards podium at the NCAA championships. Once we have that, I’ll celebrate. We don’t want to be the best HBCU track and field team in the country. We want to be the best track and field team in the country…period.”

Mightily assisting in the team’s national ranking were the performances given over the weekend at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track as N.C. A&T broke two MEAC records. The USTFCCCA recognized the top-10 college track & field performance in the country from May 2-8 by reviewing every college track & field contest from all levels (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, etc.). Thirteen Aggies made the list, and a few received multiple recognition.

Aggie junior Christopher Belcher had the highest rankings. His performances in the 100 and 200 meters were established as the best in the country for the week, as he marked a MEAC record 10.07 and a 20.39 respectively. Moreover, surpassing simply weekend acclamation, Belcher’s performances elevated him nationally. He ranks third in the nation, second in the east region, in the 100. In the 200, he is fifth nationally and fourth in the east.

When disqualifying the times that were wind-aided, Belcher sits at No. 1 in the country in the 100 and No. 2 in the 200. Though times that are aided by the wind (where the wind measures 2.0 meters per second and above) are considered for qualifying times to NCAA regionals and nationals, they do not count toward any form of record breaking times or marks for conferences, regionals, nationals, etc., making Belcher’s performances even more significant.  

“Chris is by far one of the hardest working athletes I’ve ever had. I have to make him take days off from practice,” said Ross. “What makes him so dangerous is that he and I are on the exact same page about how far we want him to go in this sport. He wants it all: the NCAA title, the Olympic trials title, and ultimately the Olympic medal. He’s an absolute joy to coach and watch compete and his future is very bright.”

Over the weekend, Belcher also assisted the 4x100 team in making the USTFCCCA top-10 list. Junior Maurice Eaddy, junior Caleb Gabriel and freshman Rodney Rowe teamed with Belcher to run a MEAC record 39.58 that placed them second in the nation for the week. The 4x100 team is ranked twice among the top-24 teams in the east region. Their 39.58 time has them ranked 11th and their 39.98 time at the Florida Relays (3/31/16) has them ranked 23rd.

Also making the USTFCCCA list for the men was the 4x400 relay team consisting of freshman Justin Hamilton, junior Dorian Claggett, sophomore Corey Aiken, and sophomore Dajuan Harding. The men’s 3:07.67 in the relay put them at third in the country for the week. Harding also had an individual performance rank third in his 46.14 mark in the 400. The last male to make the list was junior Frank Quarles, who won the individual conference title in the men’s long jump over the weekend. In the long jump, Quarles reached 25-feet, 7 ¼-inches in the finals that ranked third and 25-feet, 2-inches in the trials that ranked ninth last week.

As for the women, sophomore India Brown and freshman Kayla White were listed as the top individual performers. USTFCCCA ranked Brown’s times second and fourth in the 100, with her preliminary time of 11.47 and her finals run of 11.50.

Brown was also listed 10th in the in the 200 for her 23.75 sprint in the championships. Brown won MEAC championships in the 100 and 200 over the weekend.

Claiming three individual weekly rankings of her own, White took seventh in the 100 (11.57) and fourth (13.48) and eighth (13.52) in the 100-meter hurdles listings. Her 13.52 helped her win the MEAC title in the 100mh. Brown and White were also ranked together with freshman Yakira Love and sophomore Morgan Knight in the 4x100. The quartet was listed fifth for their 44.96 performance in the event.

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