By Dr. Brandon Spradley |
North Carolina A&T State University is a HBCU located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Many people were surprised by North Carolina A&T’s success at the 2021 NCAA Track and Field Championships. For those that followed collegiate track and field this season, North Carolina A&T’s success should not come by surprise. The Aggies have some of the best track and field athletes in the nation. In fact, based on times, they have some of the best athletes in the world.
Former Olympian and head coach Duane Ross led the men’s team to a third-place finish, the highest ever for a Division 1 HBCU, and the women’s team to a fourth-place finish. Ross’ son, Randolph ran the third-fastest time in NCAA history to win a national championship in the men’s 400-meter dash. His time of 43.85 is currently the fastest time in the world. He also ran the second-leg on the 4×400 meter-relay team that won with a time of 3:00.92.
Not to be outdone by the men, sophomore sensation Cambrea Sturgis blazed to win the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter finals with times of 10.74 s (2.2 w) and 22.12 s, respectively.
We wish the coaching staff and athletes much success as they prepare to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials. Coverage of the U.S. Olympic Trials starts Friday, June 18, 2021 and ends Sunday, June 27, 2021. TV SCHEDULE
Dr. Brandon Spradley is the chair of sports management at the United States Sports Academy.