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Duane Ross, Randolph Ross Jr. receive final honor at NC A&T

The father and son duo receives one last honor as members of North Carolina A&T track.

Courtesy of NC A&T Athletics

EAST GREENSBORO –  The father and son duo of Duane Ross and Randolph Ross will forever be synonymous with North Carolina A&T track and field and they performed one last feat together in association with the program recently vis the USTFCCCA. 

Randolph Ross Jr. pulled off another double as the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association Southeast Region men’s athlete of the year.  

Randolph Ross

His father, Duane Ross, who is now the director of track and field at the University of Tennessee following the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, earned USTFCCCA Southeast Region men’s coach of the year as the A&T director during the 2022 outdoor season. 

Both men now have multiple USTFCCCA honors. In March, Ross Jr. secured the indoor version of USTFCCCA Southeast Region men’s athlete of the year. Last year, Ross Jr. was also named Southeast men’s indoor athlete of the year. 

With indoor and outdoor combined, Ross received five Southeast Region coach of the year honors as the director of track and field programs at A&T. 

Ross Jr. is also a Bowerman Watch List semifinalist for the second straight season. The Bowerman Awards recognize the country’s best track and field athletes on both the men’s and women’s sides. 

Ross Jr. won the NCAA indoor national championship in the 400 meters by running a 44.62 in Birmingham, Ala., the third-fastest time in world history. It marked the third-fastest indoor time in NCAA Division I history, making Ross Jr. only one of two men in collegiate history to have an all-time top-5 400m time indoors and outdoors (43.85, 2021 NCAA nationals). In addition, Ross Jr. won Big South indoor track athlete of the week twice. 

Duane Ross

Randolph Ross Jr. pulled off the 400m national championship double at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Despite running out of Lane 8, Ross Jr. won the national title with a Big-South record 44.13, the fastest collegiate time of 2022. In addition, Ross Jr. has three of the fastest 400m outdoor times in NCAA history.  

In addition to those accolades, Ross Jr. also captured first-team All-American honors in the 4×100-meter relay and the 4×400 outdoor. He was a second-team All-America in the 4×400 indoor. 

Before competing at outdoor nationals, Ross Jr. won Big South titles in the 400 and 4×100. He finished second in the 200m (20.26) behind teammate Javonte’ Harding with the second-fastest time in league history. 

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He was part of the top two outdoor 4×100 times in Big South history, including the record of 38.61 set at the Tom Jones Memorial in April, as well as the top four 4x400m relay times in conference history, including the all-time mark of 3:01.59 established at the NCAA East Preliminary in May.  

Ross finished strong as a coach at A&T. He led the Aggies to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA outdoor championships, making A&T the first men’s outdoor program to finish in the top-10 nationally for two consecutive seasons. The Aggies had 13 men qualify for the NCAA East Prelims and advanced 11 athletes to the NCAA nationals. 

Duane Ross and the Aggie track team finished the year with 11 first-team All-Americans and one second-team All-American, including the national title by Ross Jr. in the 400.

Duane Ross, Randolph Ross Jr. receive final honor at NC A&T
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