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North Carolina A&T sprinter Randolph Ross shows who's boss
Sophomore among nation's best collegians
 
Published Monday, February 22, 2021 1:30 pm
by Herbert L. White

PHOTO | ERIN E. MIZELLE
North Carolina A&T sophomore Randolph Ross (right) held the top spot in three sprint events in the nation at one point during last week’s Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson.

There was a day when North Carolina A&T sophomore Randolph Ross was America’s fastest man in three sprint events.


The Aggies sophomore from Garner went into the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson on Feb. 12 with his teammates atop the men’s 4x400-meter relay standings, then took over No. 1 in the 400 with a clocking of 45.21 seconds on Feb. 12, the 13th-fastest time in NCAA history. The next day, Ross’ 20.5 seconds in the 200 was the nation’s best. Although LSU’s Terrance Laird (20.41 seconds) and Florida’s Joseph Fahnbulleh (20.42) eclipsed Ross in the 200, he’s fast enough to qualify for the indoor track and field championships March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 


“Junior is tremendously talented,” said Duane Ross, Randolph’s father and A&T’s director of track and field programs. “More importantly, he’s a great young man. He set many goals at the beginning of the season, and he’s determined to see them through. What he means to this team through his attitude and work ethic is priceless.”


In addition to being No. 1 in the 400, Ross is also a member of the 4x400 relay squad, after a 3 minute, 04.62 second clocking at the Carolina Challenge at South Carolina.


Ross isn’t the only Aggie with a chance to make noise next month. Senior Trevor Stewart ran an indoor personal-best 45.55 to finish third in the 400, while another senior, Elijah Young ran a personal-best 46.92 to finish 10th.


Freshman Javonte Harding finished second to Ross in the 200 at Clemson with a time of 20.54 seconds, fast enough for sixth in the nation. Three other Aggies finished in the top 10 in the 200 on Saturday, including senior Tavarius Wright in fifth (21.08), junior Daniel Stokes in seventh (21.10) and junior Malcolm Croom-McFadden in 10th (21.33).

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