Austin – A historic day at the 81st Texas Relays resulted in first-ever relay victories for the Aggie women in two relays as well as the University 100 meters.
“We’re very pleased with those wins,” Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry said. “Those wins are for our program. We are doing some things that we need to do. Texas A&M left a mark here today. That will set up some things for us in the future.”
The first relay victory for the Texas A&M women came in the 4 x 200 relay when the quartet of Jessica Beard, Khrystal Carter, Katie Baker and Allison George held off six-time champion LSU at the finish, 1:33.46 to 1:33.58.
“It was wonderful,” noted Baker of being the first A&M women’s team to win a relay event at the Texas Relays. “I was so excited when we found out. I’m so happy that we accomplished it. Plus this is the first time we did this well as a team at the Texas Relays, so it’s great to be part of that.”
A second relay crown for the Aggie women soon followed in the 4 x 100 relay, where a school record of 42.98 earned the victory over LSU’s 43.10. In the process A&M broke its school record of 43.05 they set in winning the NCAA Championship last season.
The Aggie women now hold the colleigate-leading time for 2008 with the foursome of Elizabeth Adeoti, Porscha Lucas, Simone Facey and Gabby Mayo. An all-star team of professionals ran 42.25 in another race at the Texas Relays to take over the world-lead.
Lucas later achieved A&M’s first title in the women’s 100-meter dash, equaling her personal best time of 11.20.
Then Simone Facey broke her Aggie school record in the women’s Invitational 100, placing third with a career best time of 11.11. She bettered her school record of 11.16 set last summer in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Aggie men’s relay set a season best in the 4 x 100, clocking 38.90 to place second to LSU’s 38.74. Texas A&M ran with the crew of Richard Adu-Bobie, Gerald Phiri, Dominique Stafford and Chris Dykes.
It’s the first time since 2006 that an Aggie 4 x 1 unit has run sub 39 seconds. The 38.90 places the group at No. 6 on the A&M all-time list.
Phiri challenged LSU’s Trinidon Holliday in the University men’s 100, equaling the Tiger stride for stride on the way to a personal best of 10.22. Holliday won the race in 10.20. Phiri equals the No. 8 performer on the Aggie all-time list, matching the 10.22 run by Derrick Florence in 1988.
A long chase finally found Nick Robinson setting a personal best in the 400 hurdles as he clocked 50.01 to place second to Washington State’s Jeshua Robinson collegiate leading 49.68.
Robinson, who moves to No. 6 on the Aggie all-time list, was third to Anderson and Baylor’s Justin Boyd heading into the homestretch. A solid finish by Robinson sent him past Boyd and on the heels of Anderson. Robinson improved upon the 50.52 he set in 2006.