Austin – A hard rain followed by cool temperatures and a stiff wind greeted athletes at Myers Stadium this morning for the third day of the 81st Texas Relays.
Despite 55 degree wet weather, the Aggie men posted the top qualifying time in the 4 x 100 relay. Freshman Gerald Phiri (Sheffield, England) and sophomore Porscha Lucas (Plano, Texas) each did the same in the 100-meter qualifying.
In field events already contested this morning, A&M sophomore Hillary Pustka (Shiner, Texas) won the ‘B’ division javelin with a career best mark.
Pustka, who opened her second season with A&M by hitting a PR of 158-5 (48.28) for second place at the Texas Invitational two weeks, improved to 161-5 (49.19) for the victory at the Texas Relays.
The big mark for Puskta, which keeps her in the No. 8 position on the A&M all-time list, came in the third round. It allowed her to pass Oklahoma’s Amy Backel, who hit 160-2 (48.82) round two. Aggie freshman Emalie Humphreys placed fifth with a toss of 141-2 (43.03).
The foursome of Richard Adu-Bobie (Ontario, Canada), Gerald Phiri, Dominique Stafford (Crowley, Texas) and Chris Dykes (Houston, Texas) motored through the qualifying round running an impressive 39.26 seconds, given the conditions. It was the second fastest time run by the Aggies this season, just behind the 39.17 world-leading mark they posted last weekend.
Dykes, a junior, anchored the relay for the first time in his career at A&M. The Aggies won the first heat with UT-San Antonio taking second in 40.38.
Challenger TCU, who has run 39.99 this season, dropped the baton on the final exchange as they ran in the lane adjacent to Texas A&M and did not finish. Other heat winners included LSU (39.73) and Florida State (39.84).
Phiri led a trio of Aggies in qualifying for Saturday’s 100 final by clocking a 10.34 with a legal wind of 1.5 mps. Stafford posted the fourth-fastest mark from the prelims with a 10.40w (2.5) while Adu-Bobie was sixth with a windy 10.42 (2.3).
Lucas, the current world leader at 11.20, cruised to a top qualifying time of 11.26w (2.8). The second fastest mark was an 11.46 (1.9) from USC Carol Rodriguez. Earlier in the morning Lucas ran second leg of the A&M’s 4 x 100 relay that posted a time of 44.50, second fastest to LSU’s 44.19.
Elizabeth Adeoti (Houston, Texas) led off the sprint relay for the Aggies followed by Lucas, Simone Facey (Kingston, Jamaica) and Gabby Mayo (Raleigh, North Carolina).
Advancing to the finals of the 100 hurdles were Jennifer Williams (Corpus Christi, Texas) with a 13.52w and Whitney Holmes (San Antonio, Texas) with a 13.58w.
Another field event final on Friday morning had Laura Asimakis (Friendswood, Texas) finishing in a tie for sixth in the ‘B’ division pole vault, clearing a height of 12-1 ½ (3.70).