The A&T men's and women's track and field teams have won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships in a third straight dominant season.
Coach Duane Ross' men's team compiled 211 points and easily finished ahead of runner-up Bethune-Cookman, which totaled 178 points.
North Carolina A&T sweeps the MEAC team titles. 🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/AK4Qk2v7Ka— FloTrack (@FloTrack) May 4, 2019
Ross' Aggies women, led by a spectacular sprint by senior Kayla White, scored 198.5 points, nine better than Florida A&M's 189.5.
The outdoor title is the third straight for the men, while the women's championship is the second in three years after the Aggies fell short by a half-point in 2018. Both A&T teams have won three straight MEAC indoor titles.
“Based on some of the times we put up, this is the best MEAC championship we have ever had,” Ross told ncataggies.com. “If there are teams out there who didn’t know we are for real about being a nationally recognized program, they have not been paying attention. Our times today show we mean business.”
Among A&T's top women's performances on Saturday:
- White, who earned the university's first NCAA championship during the indoor season, won the 100-meter dash in 10.96 seconds, and freshman Cambria Sturgis was third in 11.22. White's time is the fastest wind-legal 100 in the world this season and ranks No. 5 in NCAA history, according to FloTrack.org.
- White (22.52, also an NCAA-leading time) and Sturgis (22.62) led an A&T sweep of the 200, with freshman Kamaya Debose-Epps (23.14) third.
- Junior Tori Ray (52.73) earned a victory in the 400, with junior Sun-Sara Williams third (53.45).
- A&T swept the top three places in the 100 hurdles: junior Madeleine Akobundu (12.81), junior TeJyrica Robinson (12.98) and freshman Paula Salmon (13.35).
- A&T won the 4x100 (43.45) and 4x400 (3:35.59) relays.
- Junior Jayne Roberts won the pole vault (11 feet, 9¼ inches).
Among top performance for the A&T men on Saturday:
- Senior Rodney Rowe swept the 100 (10.05) and 200 (20.12), with junior Akeem Sirleaf third in the 200 (20.37).
- Juniors Trevor Stewart (44.38) and Sirleaf (45.42) led a 1-2 finish in the 400. Stewart's time leads the NCAA this season, according to FloTrack.org.
- Freshman Regan Kimtai took first in the 1,500 (3:55.00) and was second in the 800 (1:52.52).
- Senior Michael Dickson (13.82) won the 110-meter hurdles.
- Freshman Akeem Lindo (50.76) claimed second in the 400 hurdles.
- The 4x100 (39.14) and 4x400 (3:09.15) relay teams finished first.
- Senior Lasheon Strozier won the triple jump (50 feet, 4¾ inches).
A&T's men's team is No. 19 nationally in the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association rating index, and the women's team is No. 24. Those are the only programs from historically black colleges or universities in the top 25s.
The top 48 athletes and top 24 relay teams earn berths in two NCAA regional competitions May 28-30. The East Preliminary will be at Jacksonville, Fla. The NCAA championships are June 5-8 at Austin, Texas.