COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M opens its indoor track and field season on Saturday with the Reveille Invitational as the Aggies host Houston and TCU in the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. It will be the first of seven indoor home meets for Texas A&M, which includes the SEC and NCAA Championships.
The Reveille Invitational begins at 3 p.m. and will conclude at 5:30 p.m. Coverage of the meet will be available online through the Watch ESPN app.
“This meet is an opportunity for us to see where we are athletically,” noted Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry, who is in his 14th season with the Aggie track and field program. “It’s a challenge for each one of them to try to find out where they are through fall training, whether they’ve gained a little bit of ground and if they’re ready to go.”
A year ago Jazmine Fray established meet, facility and school records in winning the 1,000 meters in 2:43.15 at the Reveille Invitational, bettering the previous school record of 2:49.01 set in 2003. Racing with her this weekend at the distance will be Aggie freshman Sammy Watson, who ran 2:40.72 in March of last season to place fourth in the U.S. Indoor Championships.
After her strong December opener in 2017, Fray broke the collegiate indoor record in the 800m in February with a 2:00.69 effort in Clemson.
“Jazmine will be ready to get the season started,” said Henry. “Plus we have a couple of new ones who will be ready to compete. There will be a few we hold out at this week also. We’ll have quite a few relays on the track as well, since we limit the number of running events we have at this meet.”
Aggie indoor school record holders in action on Saturday will include Austin Cook in the weight throw along with pole vaulters Audie Wyatt and Emily Gunderson.
Cook produced a best of 67-11 ½ (20.71) last season and currently has nine of the top 10 performances on the Aggie all-time list in the weight throw. Wyatt vaulted over 18-2 ½ (5.55) in placing second at the NCAA Indoor Championships hosted by Texas A&M last March. Gunderson, meanwhile, became the first Aggie female to vault over 14 feet and set the school record with a 14-2 ½ (4.33) performance in the 2017 SEC Championships.
The final collegiate indoor race of the 2017 season created a huge roar from the crowd inside Gilliam as the sold-out venue witnessed Mylik Kerley anchoring Texas A&M’s 4x400 relay to a 3:02.80 NCAA meet record. The victory over Florida in the relay produced a national team championship for the Aggie men as they bettered the Gators by half a point in team scoring.
Kerley will run in the 4x400 relay this weekend, and is scheduled to team up with Robert Grant, Richard Rose and Ilolo Izu. On the women’s side, Fray and Watson are scheduled to be part of separate Aggie 4x400 relay units.
Distance runners coming off the cross country season will be split among the mile and 5,000m races in the Reveille Invitational. Jon Bishop, who qualified for the NCAA Championship field in cross country, and Alex Riba, who earned All-Region honors with Bishop, will contest the men’s mile.