Credit: Florida A&M Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – As the Florida A&M men’s cross country team begins their final preparations to defend their MEAC cross country title, they received some good news from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Rattlers have now moved up three spots from No.12 to rank No.9 in the South Region of the United States.
“I am happy that our region is recognizing the hard work and competitive efforts of our athletes. It is a well-deserved honor for our young men,”head coach Wayne Angel said.
Along with the recognition from the USTFCCCA, the Rattlers now hold the top four times in the MEAC this year. In addition, they have two more in the top 17 slots.
“I talk to our young men about seizing the day every day, and this MEAC Championship meet is another opportunity to exemplify the FAMU brand. No single day is more important than another, but as the season progresses, we have fewer opportunities to learn and make corrections. Every meet is important throughout the year, but as we get closer to MEAC and the regionals, it is imperative that we maximize our efforts to be the best that we can be,”he added.
There is no chance the Rattlers will take winning for granted. The team is pushing each other each day to make sure they stay focused on the goal of repeating as champions. In addition, they are no longer under the radar, but squarely in the sights of other MEAC schools looking to unseat them. Traditionally, the Norfolk State Spartans have been the closest competition, but no team will be taken for granted.
“We are going to take a no-nonsense approach to this competition. Our goal going into MEAC is not only to win, but to dominate, we want to leave a legacy that will not be soon forgotten,” Angel said.