REENSBORO (April 13, 2018) – North Carolina A&T track and field opened Day 1 of the Aggie Invitational at N.C. A&T’s Irwin Belk Track with victories in the men’s and women’s long jump and the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Twelve Aggies broke personal records as well.
N.C. A&T junior Kayla White highlighted the day by breaking her own school record in the 100-meter hurdles blazing her home track in 12.92 in the finals. Her time ranks eighth in the nation. Sophomore Madeleine Akobundu was second at 13.19 to rank 19th in the nation while freshman TeJyrica Robinson finished fifth at 13.54. Akobundu and Robinson also set personal records.
Akobundu continued her terrific day by winning the women’s long jump at 19-feet, 7 ½ inches. Junior Anisa Toppin posted a personal-record 19-feet, 2 ¾ inches placing fourth in the long jump. Freshman Royce Johnson finished eighth at 18-feet, 4 ½ inches.
The Aggies took first and second in the men’s long jump with both participants earning personal records. Junior Michael Bell placed first measuring 23-feet, 6 ¾ inches. He was followed by junior Lasheon Strozier at 23-feet, 2 ¾ inches.
Junior Michael Dickson (13.57) and senior Todd Townsend (13.72) were also spectacular for the home crowd by posting personal records. Dickson placed second in the men’s 110mh preliminaries at 13.57 while Townsend came in third at 13.72. In the finals, Dickson placed second (13.71) and Townsend third (13.75) while sophomore Robert Miller was seventh tying his personal record at 14.20.
Sophomore Camille Martin ran a personal-best 19:13.07 in the women’s 5000-meter finals to place third while senior Miranda Green was fourth at 20:24.50. In the men’s 5000, senior Hakeem Mustafaa (16:38.35) was fourth, junior Daquan Maddox (17:02.93) was fifth and junior Joel Freeman (17:54.25) was seventh.
Sophomore Kristoni Barnes led three top-10 finishes in the women’s 800 with a personal-record 2:08.70 to place second. Sophomore G’Jasmyne Butler was third with a time of 2:11.26. Senior Imani Coleman (2:12.48) was fifth and sophomore Khadijah Reid (2:25.27) was 15th.
Senior Corey Aiken led the Aggies in the men’s 800 with a third-place finish at 1:53.93. Freshman Alan Johnson (1:54.52) and senior Steve Stowe (1:55.91) were fifth and sixth respectively while sophomore Marquise McGee (1:56.02) placed eighth rounding out the top-10.
The action continues on Saturday the triple jump at 9 a.m. and the 4×100 relay at 11 a.m.