The Aggies have the highest ranking by any Division I HBCU team in United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll history!
May 8th, 2019
Written by Thomas Scott
For almost 25 years, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) has been the authority on collegiate track and field rankings. The USTFCCA Hall of Fame in 1995 and it’s ranking are based upon the number of individuals on a given team that are nationally ranked in their events.
Several record setting individual performances in the 2019 MEAC Championship propelled both the Aggies men’s and women’s teams to the sixth spot in the most recent USTFCCA poll. The men’s team jumped 13 spots from last week’s poll to gain the sixth slot; while the women rose 18 spots! This is the highest ranking by any Division I HBCU in the history of the poll.
The Aggie men are led by Senior Rodney Rowe. Rowe is ranked second in the nation in the 200m (20.12) and fourth in the 100m (10.05). Other nationally ranked Aggie men include Trevor Stewart, Akeem Sirleaf, and Michael Dickson. In addition, the team of Stewart, Sirleaf, Dickson, and Rowe are ranked seventh in the 4×100 relay.
Depth plays a major factor in the Aggie women’s ranking. Senior Kayla White has the number one time in the nation in both the 100 and 200m events. Freshman, Cambrea Sturgis is quickly following in Kayla White’s footsteps ranking third in the nation in the 200m and ninth in the 100m. The foursome of Cambrea Sturgis, Kamaya Debose-Epps, Taliyah Townsend, and Kayla White have the second fastest 4x100m relay time in the nation at (43.45). In total, the Aggie women have 14 times or marks in the nation’s Top 50.
Coach Duane Ross told ncataggies.com
“I’m excited for our kids. They have worked hard this season. They understand that high rankings are a projection and the goal is to be NCAA Champions. “
The next step for both Aggie teams is the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round (Regionals). Competition will run from May 23-25 at the University of North Florida. Follow @BlackBallSports on Twitter for live updates.