North Carolina A&T showed the country this week — and quite frankly all season — that it’s more than an FCS football power.
The Aggies stole the show during the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday.
The group finished the weekend with four top-four placements in both the women’s and men’s championships — the only program in the nation to pull off the trick at the event.
Former Olympian and head coach Duane Ross led the men to a third-place finish, the highest ever for a D1 HBCU, and the women to a fourth-place finish.
After it was over, the social media world showered North Carolina A&T with enormous praise.
#AggiePride on display @NCATAGGIES
Olympian and head coach Duane Ross led the men to a 3rd place finish, the highest ever for a D1 HBCU, and the women to a 4th place finish.
Ross’ son @jun1or_77 ran a world-leading 43.85 to win the 400m title and led the 4x400m to victory. pic.twitter.com/djnTcG5OeE.
— USATF (@usatf) June 13, 2021
Ross’ son, Randolph, ran the third-fastest time in NCAA history to win a national championship in the men’s 400-meter dash.
🏆 Men’s 400m 🏆@NCATAGGIES Randolph Ross posts the No. 3 time (43.85) in collegiate history to take home the hardware!! #NCAATF pic.twitter.com/eay0I5i1aS
— NCAA Track & Field (@NCAATrackField) June 12, 2021
Yes, World. Get used to it. You’re going to hear this name a lot… https://t.co/vTTEN1NcBj
— The Yard HBCU Sports (@TheYardHBCU) June 12, 2021
Not to be outdone, Cambrea Sturgis blazed to wins in the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter finals to take home individual titles.
Yesterday @NCATAGGIES introduced the world to @jun1or_77. Today, we present to the world the fastest woman in @NCAATrackField. She is @ncatsuaggies @CambreaSturgis. https://t.co/LsWAHsEysX pic.twitter.com/pBCPweVVDx
— N.C. A&T Athletics (@NCATAGGIES) June 13, 2021
I wished that Ross&Sturgis had broken the NCAA MARKS of Michael Norman and Sha’Carri Richardson