IRVING -- Postseason awards from the Big 12 Indoor track and field season resulted in three honors for the Aggies. Jessica Beard and Julian Reid were each tabbed as Big 12 Freshman of the Year while the women’s Coach of the Year honor went to Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry.
Jessica Beard (Euclid, Ohio) claimed the 400-meter title in Lincoln, Nebraska, this past weekend with a winning time of 52.61 seconds to better the field by half a second. Beard, a two-time U.S. Junior champion outdoors, currently ranks fifth in the nation on the collegiate indoor list and is the top freshman. Her win at the Big 12 meet marked the third consecutive win by an Aggie in the event, following two titles by Clora Williams in 2006 and 2007.
Julian Reid (Kingston, Jamaica) won the long jump title at the Big 12 meet with a personal best of 25-5.5 (7.76) to top the field by three inches. Reid, who attended Wolmer’s Boys High School, also placed fourth in the triple jump at the conference meet and tied Missouri’s Nate Englin for high-point honors. Reid holds a NCAA provisional mark in both events, ranking No. 12 in the long jump and No. 15 in the triple jump. His Big 12 victory marked the third straight year an Aggie frosh won a conference indoor title, following Yasmine Regis (2006 – triple jump) and Zuheir Sharif (2007 – triple jump).
It’s the first time in Big 12 history for an Aggie athlete to earn Indoor Freshman of the Year honors. Adam Wooten was an outdoor recipient in 2001.
Winning a second consecutive women’s Big 12 Indoor team title earned Henry another coaching honor. It’s his third time to be selected women’s Coach of the Year in the Big 12 to go along with the 15 (men and women) he was awarded in the SEC while coaching LSU.
Other honors from the conference included Kansas State’s Scott Sellers and Texas Tech’s Sally Kipyego receiving Performer of the Year while Bubba Thornton of Texas was named the men’s Coach of the Year.