Pirates Battle The Cold At Aggie Relays

Greensboro, N.C. – The Hampton men's track and field team spent the Easter weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina, participating in the Aggie Relays hosted by North Carolina A&T. Despite the cold conditions, the Pirates had a successful showing in just their second meet of the outdoor season.

Terry Thornton and Desmond Shipp highlighted the weekend for Hampton with first place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles and the decathlon, respectively. Thornton won his preliminary heat in a time of 14.46 and returned in the finals to blaze a 14.39, well ahead of Lincoln University's Pierre Chapman. Shipp brought home first place honors in the decathlon by totaling 5,644 points.

Junior distance runner Brandon King found his stride in Greensboro, as he finished second in the 5,000-meter run (16:02.08) and second in the 3,000-meter steeple chase (10:19.27).

Hampton dominated the field in the 800-meter run as seniors William Phillips and Marvin Lewis placed one and two among the collegiate participants. Phillips' 1:55.42 and Lewis' 1:56.01 led the way, while Morgan State's Jason Carson-Harris took third place.

Battling among a strong contingent of jumpers, Hampton's Jonathan Cox was able to jump 14.43 meters to secure third place in the triple jump, while not faring as well in the long jump where he placed 11th.

The Pirates closed out the meet with a gutsy performance in the 4x400-meter relay. With several members of the normal relay squad sidelined, the Hampton University "B" team ran an impressive 3:12.05 to take second place behind Lincoln (3:10.67).