Ames, Iowa – A winning time of 3:06.68 in the 4 x 400 relay earned Texas A&M men one of the top NCAA qualifying times over a weekend that included eight last chance meets around the country.
The Aggies competed at the NCAA Qualifier meet hosted by Iowa State University on an oversized track in the Lied Center and just missed the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 3:06.50. Only Florida, with a 3:06.48, has earned an automatic mark.
Running with a foursome of Justin Oliver, Chris Dykes, Nick Robinson and A.C. Robinson the Aggies posted the top time in the Big 12 this indoor season and the second-fastest indoor mark ever in school history. They surpassed the Big 12 best mark of 3:06.89 set by Baylor last month.
The 3:06.68 winning time only trails a 3:06.51 set by A&M in 1994 at the NCAA Indoor Championships on the all-time school list. The current Aggie foursome recorded the fastest time in A&M school history on an oversized track, bettering the 3:07.17 set at the Big 12 Championships at this same venue in 2007.
Texas A&M finished ahead of Texas Tech in the race as the Red Raiders posted a 3:06.93. Kentucky won another section in 3:07.35 to place third overall while Florida State finished fourth in 3:07.41.
A.C. Robinson and Oliver also contested the open 400 and set season best marks in that event as well. Robinson won his section in 46.76, an indoor personal best, while Oliver was runner-up in another section with a clocking of 47.06.
Texas A&M Track and Field
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Friday, March 7, 2008
A&M records three wins in NCAA qualifying meet
Fayetteville, Ark. – Three victories highlighted the Aggies performance as they attempted to improve their standing on the NCAA provisional list prior to Monday’s selection of individuals who will make up the field for the NCAA Indoor Championships, held March 14-15.
Texas A&M athletes competed at the Arkansas Last Chance meet held in the Randal Tyson Complex, the same site of the NCAA Championship meet next weekend. An Aggie men’s 4 x 400 relay unit will compete on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
Allison George won the 60 meters in 7.44 seconds, but didn’t improve upon her season best of 7.39. George also placed third in the 200 with a NCAA provisional time of 23.77 while teammate Gabby Mayo ran 24.10 for sixth place. George established an indoor personal best in the 200, bettering her previous mark of 23.95.
The other pair of A&M victories came in the triple jump. Zuheir Sharif led a 1-2 Aggie finish as his mark of 50-6 (50-6) bettered teammate Tyron Stewart’s effort of 49-7 ¼ (15.12). In the women’s triple jump Yasmine Regis produced a leap of 41-6 (12.65) to finish ahead of teammate Angela Thomas, who was second with a 41-0 ¼ (12.50). All four jumpers had betters marks from this indoor season.
Sandy Wooten produced an indoor career best in the 400, running 54.26 for third place.
In the 60 meters Richard Adu-Bobie ran 6.77 twice, first in the prelims and then for third place in the final. Dominique Stafford placed fourth with a 6.82 in the final after recording a 6.83 in the prelims.
Lindsey Adams and Mayo each ran faster in the prelims of the 60 hurdles than the finals. Adams clocked 8.48 just ahead of Mayo’s 8.49. In the final Adams placed sixth in 8.51 while Mayo was seventh in 8.64.