Fayetteville, Ark. – Strong efforts in the 4 x 400 relay by the Aggies on Saturday evening capped a unique weekend for the men’s and women’s squads as both finished in the top 10 amid team scoring at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
A runner-up performance in the women’s 4 x 400, matching their result from last year, produced the second-fastest indoor time in A&M history for the quartet of Sandy Wooten (54.17), Simone Facey (52.45), Jennifer Williams (53.11) and Jessica Beard (51.61). They clocked 3:31.34 to finish behind the 3:31.14 posted by LSU. The Aggie school record stands at 3:29.93 from last year’s NCAA meet.
The result in the team standings for the Aggie women turned in a best-ever seventh place finish with 23 points, bettering the previous best of 13th-place established last year.
A school record of 3:06.37 by the A&M men’s foursome of Justin Oliver (47.05), Chris Dykes (47.28), Nick Robinson (46.50) and A.C. Robinson (45.55) placed the Aggies fourth in the race and helped to earn the team a tie for 10th place overall with 17 points.
It’s the highest finish by an A&M men’s team since 1990 when the Aggies tied for third place in team scoring. Texas A&M also had a team place third in 1989 and seventh in 1980. Last season the Aggies tied for 32nd place.
The relay mark the Aggie crew broke was a 3:06.51 set in 1994 when the group of Stacy Zamzow, Mike Miller, Dante Bolden and Danny McCray won the NCAA Indoor title.
In individual events a pair of freshmen shined on the second day of the NCAA meet.
Jessica Beard broke the Texas A&M school record on the way to placing third in the 400. Her time of 52.48 bettered the mark of 52.53 established by Clora Williams in 2006 during the NCAA semifinal.
Miami’s Krista Simkins won the race in 52.16 while Alabama’s Trish Bartholomew ran 52.37 for second. Beard was the only freshman in the final.
Gerald Phiri finished sixth in the 60 as he equaled his school record of 6.64. LSU produced a 1-2 finish as Richard Thompson won in 6.51 with Trindon Holliday runner-up with a 6.54. Phiri ran an equal time to fifth-place finisher J-Mee Samuels of Arkansas, but a separation of 0.004, 6.632 to 6.636, broke the tie.
Zuheir Sharif placed ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 51-8.5 (15.76) while Julian Reid finished 15th with a distance of 49-7 (15.11). Ashika Charan finished 11th in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 43-2.25 (13.16).
Women Team Scores
1. Arizona State 51; 2. LSU 43; 3. Michigan 39; 4. Texas 35; 5. Stanford 32; 6. Florida State 28; 7. Texas A&M 23; 8. tie, Florida & Tennessee, 19; 10. tie, Kansas, Texas Tech & Virginia Tech, 19.
Men’s Team Scores
1. Arizona State 44; 2. Florida State 41; 3. Texas 34; 4. LSU 33; 5. Tennessee 26; 6. Arkansas 24; 7. Stanford 23; 8. Florida 19; 9. Northern Iowa 18; 10. tie, Texas A&M and Washington, 17.