FAIRFAX, VA — After a lengthy break, the Howard University Track & Field teams will resume competition on Saturday, January 9 at The Father Diamond Invitational, hosted by George Mason University.
Both programs had impressive outings at the Naval Academy in December before the break, but Coach Marc Harrison has yet to be satisfied.
“Fall training went well and it was reflected in our performances in December, but this week will be a testament of how self-disciplined these student athletes really are,” stated Harrison.
The meet will be loaded with some of the top talent on the East Coast in both Division I and II.
“It’s going to be very competitive and we should have a good day,” predicted Harrison.”
Harrison speaks of the strengths as being in the relays and in the field events on the women’s side. He pointed to the expectations of the dynamic New Jersey duo of Dominique Bynum-Cooper and Cheyenne Bellerand in the shot put and Hanah Billups in the long jump/high jump events.
On the men’s side, there is much anticipation to see what two time Academic All American Rajae Gayle will do in the shot put as he prepares for his defense of the Javelin title once outdoor season begins in March.
The men also figure to make noise on the track with Mohamed Bah and Tariq Fullerton in the mile and 800 meter run, respectively along with the 400 meter quintet of Olujimi Scott, Kahe Kaye, Basil Niccols, Emaunuel Price and Kenneth Chigbue. Harrison predicts that the 4×400-meter relay should be exciting each week.