Four members of North Carolina A&T’s men’s track & field team has recently made history at the annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at the University of Texas. Four men on the team logged a 3:00.23 run, becoming the fastest in the world and ranking 11th-best for a college record according to News & Record. The group consists of sophomore Randolph Ross Jr., junior Daniel Stokes, and seniors Trevor Stewart and Elijah Young.
“The National Champs are at again!! And this time they’re doing it on the outdoor scene,” N.C. A&T Athletic wrote in a tweet. “This foursome just ran the fastest 4×400 time in the WORLD (3:00.23) at the @texaslonghorns Texas Relays. @NCATAGGIES T&F @USTFCCCA @NCAATrackField #AggiePride #ncat @ncatsuaggies.”
The school’s director of track and field programs, Duane Ross, expressed his enthusiasm the accomplishments.
“I’m happy for our 4×4 team,” Ross said, according to North Carolina A&T’s website. “This is what we are supposed to do. We feel that we’re the best in the world at it, so this time and even faster times in the future are expected.”
Weeks prior to the record-breaking performance, the team was ranked best in the nation after claiming the victorious title at the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships.
“People are always going to discredit us no matter what we do,” Stewart told HBCU Gameday. “It boils down to we’re an HBCU. We’re not supposed to be doing this. It almost forces us to do it bigger and better. But we’re fine with that. It makes us better people, and it prepares us for life after college. Bigger and better is what the world is going to expect from us too.”
According to the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) rating index, NCAT was ranked No. 2 team in the nation before moving to No. 1 following the NCAA championships.
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