No. 4 Aggie men lead Texas A&M Invitational, No. 1 women currently fourth
Feb. 13, 2009
College Station, Texas - College Station - The Aggie men, who are ranked No. 4 in the nation, totaled 59 points on day one of the Texas A&M Invitational and currently top Big 12 rivals Texas (45) and Texas Tech (35) at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
Through eight event finals on Friday, the women's team scoring has defending NCAA Indoor champion Arizona State leading the field with 43 points, just two ahead of Texas, who has 41, and TCU's 38. No. 1 ranked Texas A&M accumulated 29 points and are currently in fourth place.
Second day action resumes at 1 p.m. on Saturday and will include a senior recognition for the Aggies as well as a kids race near the end of the meet over 60 meters.
Among a field of 21 teams, Friday's action included a mixture of finals on the track and in some field events. Qualifying rounds were also contested in the 60 and 60 hurdles.
Tran Howell ran for the first time in Gilliam as an Aggie after making his debut in New York City last weekend. His time of 21.36 seconds led the field in the unseeded sections of the 200 meters. That mark ties Howell with Danny McCray for the No. 10 performer on the A&M all-time indoor list.
Michael Preble and Brandon Machacek teamed up for a 2-4 finish in the men's 600 yards. Preble clocked 1:10.82, becoming the No. 9 performer in school history as Machacek ran 1:11.95.
Sandy Wooten displayed her talents in the 600-yard race, placing second in 1:22.87 and becoming the No. 3 performer with the third best performance in school history. She only trails the school record of 1:21.97 by Jana Graves in 1982 and a 1:22.01 recorded by Angela Pantoja in 2000.
With Wooten scoring eight points, Tiffany Singleton added one more with an eighth-place finish in 1:26.34. That mark makes Singleton the No. 5 performer on the Aggie all-time list with the ninth-best performance.
Fabrice Lapierre, a former NCAA champion with the Aggies and an Olympian for Australia this past summer, dazzled the crowd with a winning leap of 26-3 ¾ (8.02).
Meanwhile, current Aggie Tyron Stewart earned a NCAA provisional mark in the long jump with a distance of 25-0 ½ (7.63) to place second among the collegians in the field. Keenan Hall finished sixth (23-11 ¾) while Trinity Otto (23-0 ½) just missed scoring in 10th place.
The women's pole vault produced 15 points for the Aggies as all three A&M vaulters cleared 12-0 ½ (3.67) in placing third with Laura Asimakis along with a tie for fourth between Jennifer Davidson and Aly Daily.
In the 1000 meters Matt Ross finished third in 2:27.03, the No. 6 performer mark at A&M, while more points were added by Nick Toohey (2:28.80) and Graham Northcutt (2:29.60) in seventh and eighth place.
More points for the Aggie men were scored in the high jump as Cameron Alexander placed second with a clearance of 6-8 ¾ as Julian Reid tied for seventh place after clearing 6-6 ¾.
Arizona State throwers earned NCAA automatic marks in the shot put and weight throw. Sarah Stevens claimed the Gilliam facility record with a 57-7 ¾ shot put toss. Sun Devil Jason Lewis reached a distance of 7-12 ¾ in the weight throw.
Miami's Murielle Ahoure, the collegiate leader over 60 and 200 meters, clocked 7.24 for the top qualifying time in the 60 meters. Texas A&M's Porscha Lucas (7.38) and Gabby Mayo (7.43) advanced to the faster of the two-section finals on Saturday.
Aggie sprinters Allison George (7.46), Khrystal Carter (7.49), Dominique Duncan (7.56) and Elizabeth Adeoti (7.57) qualified for the second section.
Mayo led qualifying in the 60 hurdles with an 8.38 clocking. Vashti Thomas joins here in the faster of the two-section final after posting an 8.56 in the heats.
Gerald Phiri paced qualifying in the men's 60 with a time of 6.67 as Dominique Stafford joined him in the finals with a 6.81. De'Lon Isom and Melvin Echard each reached the final of the 60 hurdles with marks of 8.15 and 8.21, respectively.