On a night when the Texas A&M sprinters stepped onto the track for the first time this indoor season during the two-day Razorback Invitational, Porscha Lucas recorded an indoor personal best of 23.16 seconds in placing second in the 200 meters.
The time, an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships that will take place on this same Randal Tyson Track Center, improves upon the No. 2 standing Lucas held on the Aggie all-time indoor list with her previous best of 23.37 and became the third-fastest performance. She only trails a 22.97 and 23.04 recorded by Simone Facey during the NCAA meet last year.
Lucas, who was second to the 23.09 run by LSU’s Samantha Henry, ran the fastest time by an Aggie ever in the month of January, bettering the 23.40 Facey clocked last season at altitude in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lucas ran 23.70 at the New Mexico Invitational last year.
Freshmen Jessica Beard and Gabby Mayo along with junior newcomer Allison George also added their names among the top 10 list in their debut performance with Texas A&M.
Beard won her heat in with ease in clocking a 23.75 NCAA provisional time and placed fifth overall in a field of 80 entrants. She becomes the No. 3 performer in the event with the 15th best performance, of which Facey holds seven marks above Beard and Lucas now has seven as well.
Mayo, runner-up in her heat with a 24.09 and sixth overall, moves onto the Aggie top 10 list at No. 8. George won her heat over teammate Sandy Wooten with a 24.16 to 24.26 margin. George, a NJCAA 400 champion, is now No. 10 on the all-time A&M list, one spot ahead of Clora Williams’ 24.18 indoor best. Wooten improved her indoor best in the event from a previous mark of 24.85.
Of the top 16 times in the event on the Arkansas track, Texas A&M claimed eight of them. Other Aggie heat winners included Elizabeth Adeoti (24.35) and Lindsey Adams (24.49) while Khrystal Carter (24.56) was a runner-up.
In the men’s 200 Chris Dykes was runner-up in his heat and fourth overall with a time of 21.32. Teammate Richard Adu-Bobie ran in the same heat, clocking 21.55 for third in the race and ninth overall.
Trinity Otto opened the competition Friday in the heptathlon. Through the first four events contested on the first day Otto is currently in third place with a total of 2,833 points.
Aaron Harlan of Stephen F. Austin leads the field with 2,968 points followed by Oklahoma’s Mitch Henry with 2,943.
Otto recorded the third fastest time in the 60 (7.18 seconds) among the field of 13 entrants to claim 819 points in the first event. Then a 21-0 (6.40) mark in the long jump followed for 675 points. In the shot put Otto reached a distance of 40-4 ¾ (12.31) for 625 points. The first day finished with the high jump, where Otto cleared 6-2 ¾ (1.90) for 714 points.