Four Aggies Claim National Titles In Track

By: Texas A&M Athletics
By: Texas A&M Athletics

claim titles during national championship events held on Sunday

A trio of Aggie sprinters – Shavez Hart, Curtis Mitchell and Jeneba Tarmoh – claimed national titles in their respective 200 meter finals held on Sunday in the United States and Bahamas while A&M jumper Julian Reid won the triple jump in Britain.

In Nassau, Bahamas, Aggie junior Hart completed a sprint double with a victory in the 200 to go along with his 100 title on Friday. Hart posted a time of 20.57 seconds (1.0 wind) to better a field that included Teray Smith (20.82) and Trevorvano Mackey (20.83).

A sweep of the 200 meters at the USA Track & Field Championships was achieved by Mitchell and Tarmoh on a scorching day in Sacramento, California, where temperatures reached 100 degrees at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium.

Mitchell won the men’s final in 20.13 (1.3 wind) over Wallace Spearmon (20.19) and Maurice Mitchell (20.30). In the semifinal held earlier in the day, Mitchell produced a windy 19.99 (2.1 wind) which was the top qualifying time of the day.

Tarmoh clocked a wind-aided 22.06 (3.8 wind) in the women’s final to defeat Kimberlyn Duncan (22.10) and Joanna Atkins (22.19). Tarmoh also led the field during the semifinal round with a 22.41 (1.9).

In Birmingham, England, Reid produced a season best effort of 55 feet, 2.25 inches (16.82) to win the triple jump title at the British Championships held at Alexander Stadium. Reid hit his top mark in the third round after leading the competition with his opening round 53-2.25 (16.21). During the final two rounds Reid had marks of 54-8 (16.66) and 54-10 (16.71).

Challenges in the final round had Ben Williams hitting a mark of 54-10.75 (16.73) for runner-up honors while a 54-5.25 (16.59) from Nathan Fox placed third.

With five national champions this weekend, Aggie athletes totaled seven titles over this past week when including the Trinidad & Tobago national meet last weekend where Janeil Bellille won the 400 meters and Wayne Davis II captured the 110 hurdles.

Texas A&M athletes also competing at the USATF Championships on Sunday included Shelbi Vaughan placing third in the discus, Sam Humphreys finishing fourth in the javelin, Tyron Stewart placing fourth in the long jump, Melvin Echard finishing seventh in the long jump and Chase Wolfle tying for ninth in the pole vault. Ashton Purvis ran 23.13 (1.8 wind) for fourth place in her semifinal heat and did not advance to the final.

Following the first flight of throwers in the women’s discus Vaughan advanced to first place with her opening toss of 195-9 (59.68). In round two, though, Gia Lewis-Smallwood moved into first place with a 201-11 (61.55) effort and locked down the victory with a third round heave of 216-5 (65.96).

Vaughan improved to 196-0 (59.75) in the third round and remained in second place at that time. When the final three rounds began a mark of 196-9 (59.96) moved Liz Podominick into second place and shifted Vaughan to third. Three fouls by Vaughan in the last three rounds kept her in third place as the top collegian in the field.

Humphreys threw the javelin 255-10 (77.99) for fourth place. A consistent series included marks of 248-8, 252-7, 250-0, 246-0, 255-10, and 250-5. Sean Furey won the event with a 266-1 (81.10) with Riley Dolezal second (260-1) and Tim Glover third (258-9).

A sixth-round leap of 26-4.25w (8.03) improved Stewart’s position from seventh to fourth place in the men’s long jump. Echard was in second place with a windy 25-9.25 (7.85) following the first flight of jumpers and finished seventh overall. Jeffrey Henderson had a wind-aided leap of 27-11.5 (8.52) to win the long jump and his series included a wind-legal 27-8 (8.43).

Wolfle cleared the opening height of 17-8.5 (5.40) in the pole vault on his second attempt. Then three misses at 18-0.5 (5.50) left Wolfle in a three-way tie for ninth place. Mississippi’s Sam Kendricks won the event with a clearance of 18-10.25 (5.75).

2014 National Champions – Texas A&M
Bahamas – Shavez Hart, 100m and 200m
Trinidad & Tobago – Janeil Bellille, 400m; Wayne Davis II, 110 hurdles
United States – Curtis Mitchell, 200m; Jeneba Tarmoh, 200m
United Kingdom – Julian Reid, triple jump

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