Seattle, Washington – A week after equaling the school record in the 60 meters, Texas A&M freshman Gerald Phiri broke the mark with a winning time of 6.64 seconds during the Husky Classic hosted by the University of Washington on Saturday. It was one of 10 victories the Aggies enjoyed inside the Dempsy Indoor center.
In bettering the time of 6.67 he shared with graduate Tyrone Edgar, Phiri just missed the Dempsy record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 6.63.
Phiri defeated a field that included Mickey Grimes, a pro athlete who competed for Abilene Christian, and teammate Richard Adu-Bobie. Grimes, a member of the World Champion 4 x 100 relay in 2001, has a personal best of 6.55 in the 60 and has run 9.99 in the 100.
“I was really excited when I saw the time,” Phiri said. “It was roughly right where I expected to be. I was thinking I could run 6.62 today. I’m so grateful to be injury free. It’s amazing.
“With a 6.64 I’m among the top five or six sprinters, so I’m really looking forward to challenging the big guys. I knew once I broke that barrier last week I’d be able to do it every time.”
Adu-Bobie was runner-up to Phiri in 6.73 while another A&M teammate, Dominique Stafford, placed second in the other section of the final and fifth overall in 6.76.
Jennifer Williams clocked a career best of 8.26 seconds during the prelims of the 60 hurdles. It made her the No. 2 performer on the Aggie all-time list and equal to the No. 2 performance. Williams now only trails the 8.22 established by Christina Ohaeri in 2002.
In the finals Williams ran 8.36 to finish as the top collegian as she was second to pro athlete Angela Whyte’s 8.22. Texas A&M also placed 3-7-10 in the event with Lindsey Adams (8.49), Gabby Mayo (8.56) and Whitney Holmes.
“I’m real happy because I’ve been real consistent and have just been waiting for another PR to come,” Williams noted. “In practice I’ve been working on the little technical things with Coach Anderson. It finally came today.
“This past week we watched the world record race that was set by Susannah Kallur last weekend. We watched the technical things she was doing and I also worked on my start. I just felt everything I was doing this week helped me to PR. Even when I crossed the line I knew it was a good race.”
Chris Dykes broke the facility record in the 200 meters, winning with a time of 20.97 seconds. It bettered the 21.10 record set by Rubin Williams in 2003. Dykes finished ahead of Grimes (21.15) and Phiri (21.46) in his section.
Phiri finished fifth overall behind the 21.44 posted by Adu-Bobie to win his section and place fourth overall. Stafford was runner-up to Adu-Bobie with a 21.58 and finished seventh overall.
Simone Facey added a victory in the women’s 60 with a 7.36 winning mark while Porscha Lucas placed second in 7.38 after posting a season best 7.37 in the prelims. Allison George recorded a career best of 7.47 to win the second section and place fourth overall.
Mayo (7.48), Khrystal Carter (7.49) and Elizabeth Adeoti (7.56) rounded out a 1-2-4-5-6-8 finish by the Aggies in the event.
The Aggies capped the evening with a pair of 4 x 400 relay wins. The women recorded a time of 3:43.19 to finish ahead of UC Riverside (3:45.03), Washington (3:47.88) and Washington State (3:48.85). The foursome for Texas A&M included Lucas (56.0), Sandy Wooten (54.4), George (57.4) and Williams (55.4).
The A&M men had to hold off Washington with a strong anchor from A.C. Robinson, who ran 46.8 as the Aggies won in 3:09.07 to the Huskies’ 3:09.74. Alabama finished third in 3:11.50. The first three legs for A&M included Justin Oliver (47.8), Dykes (47.6), and Bryan Miller (47.7).
In all there were 14 personal bests set by the Aggies in the last meet prior to the Big 12 Championships, which will be held on Feb. 28-March 1 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
A pair of the career bests was established by freshman Melvin Echard, who posted an 8.14 in the prelims of the 60 hurdles and reached a distance of 48-8 ¾ (14.85) to place seventh. Echard also finished seventh in the hurdle final with an 8.15.
On the last attempt of the triple jump competition A&M’s Tyron Stewart reclaimed the top mark for the win. His 51-0 ¾ (15.56) effort bettered the 50-10 (15.49) recorded by Idaho’s David Holmon in the sixth round. Stewart had led the competition since his third round mark of 50-9 ½ (15.48).
Yasmine Regis captured the women’s triple jump with a better second mark as she battled Decontee Kaye of San Deigo State. Both ended the competition with a best of 41-7 ¼ (12.68). Regis, though, also produced a 41-6 (12.65) as her second best distance while Kaye countered with a 40-11 ¾ (12.49). Angela Thomas (40-10 ½ / 12.46) finished fourth in the triple jump while Tiffany Peters (39-5 / 12.01) placed 10th.
Another impressive win was claimed by Chad Stoermer in the B section of the pole vault with a career best of 16-1 ¼ (4.91).
A group of four career best efforts moved the individual to the No. 3 performer on the all-time list in their respective events. The crew was led by the winning effort of Jessica Beard, who won the 200 in 23.68.
The other performances included Christina Munoz clocking 9:48.33 in the 3,000 meters, Mitch Bible running 14:33.75 in the 5,000 and Laura Asimakis clearing an opening height of 12-2 (3.71), which was higher than her previous indoor PR.
Joining Beard in the 200 were teammates Elizabeth Adeoti (24.24) and Khrystal Carter (24.31) as they produced a 1-2-3 finish with only pro athlete Whyte breaking up the trio with her 23.98.
Other distance personal best performances were set by Evelyn Wing in the 800 (2:13.35), which became the No. 4 performer; Kevin McNab in the mile (4:09.60), the No. 10 performer; Joe Sauvageau in the 3,000 (8:24.53); and Elizabeth Slaughter in the 5,000 (17:40.46).
The long jump included a pair of third-place efforts from Ashika Charan (20-1 ½ / 6.13), who was the second collegian in the event, and Julian Reid (25-2 ½ / 7.68), who was just two inches from the leading mark.
After posting the top qualifying time of 8.01 in the 60 hurdles, Cade Liverman placed ninth in the final with an 8.20. Later in the evening he anchored a second A&M 4 x 400 relay squad to a fourth-place finish (3:12.67) with a 48.1 split. The first three legs of the relay included Morquise Clevenland (48.7), Nick Robinson (47.5) and Brandon Machacek (48.4).
A.C. Robinson (47.10), who placed third overall, and Oliver (47.65), who finished sixth, registered the top pair of times by the Aggies in the open 400. Miller (48.29) led the rest of the group, which included Cleveland (48.47), N. Robinson (48.93), and Machacek (49.06).
Kevin Ondrasek led a crew of 800 runners with a time of 1:52.79. Matt Ross turned in a 1:55.13 while Graham Northcutt clocked 1:55.18 and Nick Toohey ran 1:55.37.