Former Southern track and football star Desmond Lawrence has accomplished something at N.C. A&T that no Aggie had done in school history: earn All-American status in both indoor and outdoor track and field.
Lawrence did it by qualifying for the 60-meter final in a school-record 6.6 seconds while competing in the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The N.C. A&T senior came up a little short in the final with an eighth-place finish of 6.65 seconds.
“Not exactly the result we wanted,” said Duane Ross, N.C. A&T director of track and field programs. “But he comes away with his second All-American honor and the prestige of perhaps being the greatest Aggie track athlete in history. I’m extremely proud of his success, not only as an athlete, but as a man.”
Lawrence, who could not be reached for comment, initially enrolled at East Carolina but transferred to N.C. A&T in 2012.
Last season, he earned All-American status in outdoor track after reaching the finals in the NCAA 100-meter dash.
Lawrence was named All-MEAC first team four times and won the conference championship in the 100- and 400-meter relays, and the men’s 60-meters in 2014 and 2015.
Lawrence also was a two-year starter on N.C. A&T’s football team as a wide receiver. He was the Aggies’ top receiver the past two seasons.
“I’m proud of him,” Ross added. “He competed like a champ.”
Durham Academy’s Barry selected to USA squad
Durham Academy senior and Stanford recruit Jordan Barry has been selected to the prestigious U-19 USA field hockey team.
She is just one of 18 U.S. players named to the squad that will travel to Belgium to compete with Team USA during April 4-10.
“Being chosen for this team is indescribable,” Barry said.
“The sacrifices that I have made for this opportunity were all worth it. I am thrilled and truly honored to be able to represent Team USA for the tour in Belgium.”
Barry is a three-time NFHCA All-America, three-time NCISAA all-state, and a two-time TISAC player of the year.
She’s twice been named Durham Academy’s most valuable player.
Southern’s Jordan Brown getting more attention
Southern running back Jordan Brown has reportedly added scholarship offers from Georgia Southern and UNC Charlotte to his increasingly long list of suitors.
According to 247Sports.com, the 5-foot-10 Brown is ranked No. 10 of all-purpose backs in the 2016 class.
Brown rushed for 1,672 yards and 29 touchdowns on 217 carries last season. He also caught 34 passes for 524 yards and eight touchdowns.
Southern, the 2013 state 3A champion, hasn’t lost a regular-season Big Eight game in two years and finished 13-1 last season.
Brown already has received offers from West Virginia, Appalachian State, Duke, N.C. State, Boston College, East Carolina, UNC and Wake Forest.