Coaches see bright future for track teams

The midpoint of the indoor track season rings much promise for the A&T men’s track team and a bright future for our ladies. Coach Roy Thompson Jr., who has been coaching since 1974, can look at the men’s performance in the indoor track season as a great lead into the outdoor season. Senior Jermichael Watts has already qualified for the NCAA championships in the high jump, with a jump of 7-2. Ranked 10th in the nation last year, he continues to be a leader. Other strong points of the men’s team are the 400, 200, 100 and 60. The 4×4 team consisting of sophomore Charles Shoffner, junior Seneca Rogers, junior John Twitty and junior Danny Campbell. To date, they have the fastest time with a 3:16:34. A&T also has three outstanding short sprinters, sophomore Timothy Walls, junior Monte Wilds and senior Titus Haygood — ranked 1, 2 and 4 in the conference in the 200, as well a 1, 3 and 4 in the 60-meter dash. In the top 10 percent of all Division 1 track teams, the A&T men have shown outstanding times and performance thus far this year. Three fresh faces to watch will be Gerald Wright, a new athlete here at A&T, long and triple-jumper Everett Bruce and long jumper Khalil Green, who are both freshmen. For the ladies, the sprints have been the premiere event, much as with the men’s team. Junior Danielle Fowler and Jennifer Dashiell are expected to place in the top eight in sprints. Though many of the team members are fairly new, much of the team’s leadership will be expected from sophomores Stacey Leah and Brena Cooper. The freshmen to watch are Karon Thomas, Sara Waters and LiTiyah Kirby. Although the team as a whole could be doing better, Coach Tonya McKelevey-White expects that with more work, the ladies could have a promising future.

Remaining 2001 Indoor Track & Field Schedule

Feb. 9-10 Virginia Tech.,Blacksburg, Va.

Feb. 22-24 MEAC Championships-UMES Prince Anne, Md.

March 2-3 United States Track&Field National Atlanta Dome, Atlanta

March 8-10 NCAA Championship University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark.