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NC A&T good news, bad news at NCAA Track

NC A&T sophomore Javonte Harding reacts Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships after his day’s-best time of 19.98 in the 200 meters was posted. It was the best time of his career but it did not stand.

NC A&T took several steps towards winning the men’s NCAA Div. I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Wednesday’s semifinal round. The Aggies also had a couple of huge missteps.

NC A&T good steps

In the men’s competition at Oregon’s Hayward Field, A&T defending champion junior Randolph Ross Jr. came through with the second-best time in the 400 meters (44.43) to advance to Friday’s finals. Ross also ran legs of the 4×100 (7th in 38.98) and 4×400 (9th in 3:02.74) relay teams that also advanced.

A&T Sophomore sprinter Javonte Harding also advanced in the 100 meters. He finished second in the third heat of the event in 10.23 seconds to advance to Friday’s finals. His time was the ninth fastest.

The Aggies also got their first points in the only finals competition in which they competed Wednesday. Senior Brandon Hicklin finished fifth in the long jump. His leap of 7.86 meters earned four points.

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NC A&T missteps

The first misstep, literally, came in Harding’s 200 meters race. Harding won the second of three heats with the fastest time of the day of 19.98 seconds. It was the fastest time he has run in the event in his career. He was disqualified however as officials ruled he took several steps out of his lane as he ran the turn.

NC A&T head of track & field programs Duane Ross filed a protest. The disqualification was upheld. Harding’s DQ knocked the Aggies out of what were likely to be some much-needed points.

Other Aggies also did not advance.

Senior Cory Poole, for an undisclosed reason, did not start in the 400 meter hurdles. Junior Aveon Reid ran in the third 400 meter hurdles race where Poole was to compete. Reid finished sixth in his heat in 52.02 seconds and did not advance.

Aggie senior Rasheem Brown also did not advance in the 110 meter hurdles. He finished fifth in his heat in 13.58 seconds.

Other HBCU finishes

The only other HBCU male athlete competing Wednesday was senior Coppin State sprinter Joseph Manu.

He failed to advance in the 100 meters after finishing eighth in his heat with a time of 10.30 seconds. In the 200 meters, he did not advance after a sixth-place finish in his heat in 20.75 seconds.

Men’s Points After Day 1 (5 of 21 events completed)

The top two finishers in each of three heats in the running events advanced. The three next fastest times also made it into Saturday’s finals.

Tennessee got 15 points in the long jump to lead after Day 1 with 21 points. Daniel Pinnock won the event (10 points) and Carey McLeod finished fourth (5 points).

Jeremiah Davis of Florida State finished second in the long jump to earn 8 of the 16 points the Seminoles scored. FSU is in second place after Day 1.

A&T’s 4 points are tied with four others (Baylor, Northern Iowa, Stephen F. Austin and Campbell) for 20th place after Day 1.

Results of all Day 1 events are here:


2Florida State16
6Notre Dame10
6SE Missouri10
9Wichita State9
10Penn State8
10Arizona State8
10Oklahoma State8
10Sam Houston8
16Northern Arizona6
20N. Carolina A&T4
20Northern Iowa4
20Stephen F. Austin4
25Illinois State3
30Miami (Fla.)2
30Miss State2
30Ohio State2
34South Alabama1

Women’s semifinal action starts Thursday.

HBCU athletes in Thursday’s Women’s Schedule

Thurs., June 9 


100 METER HURDLES – 6:32 p.m. (PT)

9 advance – Top 2 in 3 Heats plus Next 3 Best Times

Heat 3  Prelims

5  Paula Salmon SR NC A&T         12.78 

100 METERS – 6:46 p.m. (PT)

9 advance – Top 2 in 3 Heats plus Next 3 Best Times

Heat 1  Prelims

6  Grace Nwokocha FR NC A&T                11.17

400 METERS – 7:00 p.m. (PT)

9 advance – Top 2 in 3 Heats plus Next 3 Best Times

Heat 3  Prelims

9 Delecia McDuffie SR NC A&T                51.58                    

400 Meter Hurdles – 7:30 p.m. (PT)

9 advance – Top 2 in 3 Heats plus Next 3 Best Times

Heat 3  Prelims

6  Jessica Wright JR Howard                57.26 

200 METERS – 7:44 p.m. (PT)

Heat 1  Prelims

9 advance – Top 2 in 3 Heats plus Next 3 Best Times

9  Jessika Gbai SR Howard                22.77 

Heat 3  Prelims

8  Grace Nwokocha FR NC A&T                22.45               

4 x 400 Meter Relay – 8:48 p.m. (PT)

9 advance – Top 2 in 3 Heats plus Next 3 Best Times

Heat 3 Prelims

5  Howard                                               3:28.91 

     1) Ozioma Scott SR 2) Jessica Wright JR              

     3) Ameenah Saalih SR 4) Jessika Gbai SR                

Triple Jump – 2:50 p.m. (Sat.)

Flight 2  Finals

2  Rachel Robertson SR Florida A&M     12.94m

HEPTATHLON – 1:00 p.m. (Fri.)

24 Safiya John JR Ark.-PB         5602 


NC A&T good news, bad news at NCAA Track
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