Lincoln, Neb. – Texas A&M women successfully defended their Big 12 Indoor Championships with another commanding sprint performance on the second day of the conference meet in the Bob Devaney Sports Center on the University of Nebraska campus.
With school record efforts from Porscha Lucas and Simone Facey, the Aggies racked up plenty of points to overcome the lead Nebraska established during day one action.
After Lucas won the 200 with a world-leading time of 22.86 seconds and Jessica Beard claimed the 400 in 52.61, they teamed up on the 4 x 400 relay for another victory, which resulted in a 3:36.45 – 3:36.60 win over Texas.
The result was a tally of 119.25 points to win the program’s third conference title after taking both the indoor and outdoor Big 12 crowns in 2007. Nebraska scored 95 points as the runner-up team. Following in the top five were Kansas (93), Texas (79) and Texas Tech (70.5).
Runner-up performances for the Aggie women on day two included Jennifer Williams in the 60 hurdles (8.31), Simone Facey in the 60 (7.23 school record) and 200 (22.96), and Ashika Charan in the triple jump (43-0.25).
On the men’s side the Texas A&M squad pieced together solid performances and came away with 76 points to place fourth in team scoring. Highlighting the strong effort was freshman Julian Reid earning a share of the Big 12 Men’s High Point Scorer of the meet with Missouri’s Nate Englin, who won the shot put and placed fourth in the weight throw.
Reid, who is from Kingston, Jamaica, won the long jump on day one and led an Aggie trio in the triple jump on day two. Reid placed fourth with a mark of 51-6.5 (15.71) to finish ahead of teammates Zuheir Sharif in fifth place and Tyron Stewart in sixth.
Texas won the league title with 106 points to hold off a 104 total from Nebraska. Last year the two squads tied for the Big 12 Championship with 93 points apiece. Texas Tech (93) finished third while Missouri (67) rounded out the top five.
The Aggie men improved upon a ninth-place finish from 2007 and recorded the highest finish at a Big 12 Indoor since a pair of fifth-place results in 2000 and 2003. Texas A&M finished as runner-up in the conference indoor meet during the 1998 and 2001 seasons.
Runner-up performances on the men’s side include Gerald Phiri in the 60 (6.65) and Justin Oliver in the 400 (47.33). Then the 4 x 400 relay capped the evening with a second-place finish to Baylor. The quartet of Oliver, Chris Dykes, Nick Robinson and A.C. Robinson ran 3:08.34.