A&M Men Rise To No. 3, Aggie Women No. 4 Nationally

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COLLEGE STATION -- Updated rankings from this past weekend have Texas A&M’s men and women track and field teams holding top five positions in the national rankings issued by the United State Track and Field, Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Aggie men made one of the bigger leaps up the chart, moving from No. 21 to No. 3. The A&M women, meanwhile, drop back one position from No. 3 to No. 4.

The move by the men’s team was powered by two stellar sprint performances and jump prowess in the long and triple jump.

Aggie junior Chris Dykes sped through the 200 in 20.97 for runner-up honors, finishing second only to Tennessee’s Rubin Williams, who set a world-leading mark of 20.66. Freshman Gerald Phiri, meanwhile, tied the school record in the 60 meters with a clocking of 6.67 seconds.

Texas A&M’s triple jump trio of sophomore Zuheir Sharif, freshman Julian Reid and freshman Tyron Stewart each surpassed 51 feet with Sharif leading the group at 52-3.25. Reid added a 25-4 long jump as well.

On the women’s side the Aggies picked up big performances with freshman Jessica Beard winning the 400 in a collegiate-leading 53.02 while sophomore Porscha Lucas won the 200 in 23.33 over a stellar field. In addition senior Jenny Adams clipped a two-year old PR of 8.36 in the 60 hurdles with an 8.35 clocking. Sophomore Ashika Charan, already leading the Big 12 triple jump list with a career best of 43-6.5, took over the lead in the long jump with another personal best of 20-6.5.

Revised scoring places A&M men third in NB Collegiate

A miscue in scoring during the final events held at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational this past weekend has been revised and the result moves the Aggie men into third place.

Points accumulated by Texas A&M in the triple jump, which totaled 17 with a 2-3-6 finish, were originally awarded to Kentucky at the close of the meet.

With the swing in points the Aggies total from the meet improved to 53, placing them third behind Texas (78) and LSU (55). Finishing behind A&M were Oklahoma (48), Kentucky (41), Tennessee (32) and Arkansas (32).

USTFCCCA Rankings

Men

1. Tennessee 105.32

2. Arizona State 99.50

3. Texas A&M 76.75

4. Oklahoma 76.10

5. BYU 75.02

6. Boise State 73.62

7. Florida 70.73

8. LSU 68.29

9. Northern Iowa 67.40

10. Kentucky 64.46

11. Arkansas 63.83

12. Oregon 63.78

13. Texas 60.88

14. Clemson 59.39

15. UCLA 58.81

16. Texas Tech 57.95

17. Nebraska 57.06

18. Florida State 53.43

19. Georgetown 47.92

20. Auburn 47.47

21. Baylor 46.18

22. Kansas 45.15

23. Liberty 42.65

24. Princeton 42.15

25. Michigan 40.94

Women

1. LSU 206.40

2. Tennessee 132.07

3. Michigan 130.18

4. Texas A&M 128.42

5. Stanford 123.19

6. Arizona State 121.00

7. Arkansas 96.08

8. Minnesota 86.56

9. Virginia Tech 86.06

10. Penn State 73.08

11. Oregon 65.28

12. Baylor 63.01

13. Florida 52.06

14. Mississippi 51.53

15. Florida State 50.93

16. Arizona 49.82

17. Miami 47.74

18. Kansas 45.16

19. Southern Illinois 45.09

20. South Carolina 43.88

21. Kentucky 42.55

22. Georgia Tech 38.25

23. Nebraska 36.83

24. Kansas State 36.60

25. Iowa 34.35




 
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