Athletics | 05/09/2022 23:10:00
HIGH POINT — The North Carolina A&T men’s and women’s outdoor track teams want to end their short stint in the Big South Conference with a lasting memory.
Both teams got off to a strong start as they competed in Day 1 of the Big South Conference Track and Field Championships on Monday at High Point University (HPU) Green Stadium.
The Aggies broke four Vert Stadium records, three Deep South outdoor championship records and two Deep South records on Monday. Additionally, they have won two titles per event as the women are in third place with 18 points and the men in fifth place with 10 points.
The HPU Panther women and men are in the lead after day one, with the women totaling 20 points and the men 70.
Senior Brandon Hicklin began the record with the win in his men’s long jump. Hicklin, the nation’s No. 1 long jumper, jumped a stadium record 24 feet, 11 1/4 inches. Hicklin’s first four jumps included three faults and a 23-foot-4 jump before masterfully landing his fifth jump to win the competition.
Hicklin now owns three conference long jump championships in his career, two outdoor and one indoor.
Senior Jasmine Jenkins also won Big South gold by taking first place in the women’s hammer with a throw of 179 feet, 2 inches. His winning pitch came on his first pitch. Jenkins entered the championship encounter ranked No. 1 in the Deep South.
“These two wins were expected,” said A&T’s Director of Athletics Programs, Duan Ross. “But it’s always good, as a head coach, to see your athletes come in and do what they’re supposed to do. I tell them all the time, ‘If you’re expected to win, then that’s what you better do. Or if you don’t win, someone actually beats you.'”
Later in the evening, attention turned to the track, where the Aggies qualified several athletes in the men’s and women’s 400 hurdles and the men’s and women’s 200 metres.
Senior Cory Pool opened Monday’s race events by breaking the Deep South record, the Deep South Championship meet record and the Green Stadium record, all in a 400H preliminary race.
Poole clocked a personal best 49.81 to advance to Wednesday’s final. The Aggies had the first three qualified as a senior Akeem Lindo ran a 51.06 for the second fastest qualifying time, and junior Aveon Reid ran a 51.61 for the third fastest time recorded on Monday.
A&T also had three qualifiers in the women’s 400H led by the sophomore Nia Frederick, who set the fourth qualifying time in 1:00.46. Graduate Breanne Bygrave also qualified with the fifth fastest time (1:00.71). First-year student Amanda Kinlock will also advance to the final after clocking a personal best of 1:02.40.
The Aggies then distinguished themselves in the 200M. Three Aggies overturned old competitive and stadium records on the men’s side. It will, however, be the name of the second Javonte ‘Harding that will remain in the record books.
Harding clocked the fastest qualifying time at 20.45, followed by junior Randolph Ross Jr. (20.50) and senior Daniel Stokes (20.57). The meet record before the three men devoured it was 20.68. The old stadium record was 20.63. Second year Brandon Nya also qualified at 21.21.
Senior Devon Williams clocked a personal best 3:58.61 to advance to the men’s 1500m final. Graduate Loren James also scored for the Aggies in the women’s hammer throw finishing sixth with a throw of 164-foot-1.
Second year jade king scored in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 18 feet 10 1/2 inches for fourth place, a personal best for King. Second year Arrieya Harper jumped a personal best 18 feet, 1/2 inch.
“We did well today, but it will be a tough competition,” Ross said. “High Point has a lot of depth in a lot of areas. But we’re not going to leave the battlefield without a fight, so we’re going to come out here and do what we do and prepare for regionals and nationals in the process. .”
Tuesday’s action at Stade Vert begins at 2:30 p.m.