Los Angeles, Calif. – Texas A&M closed out the UCLA Rafer Johnson / Jackie Joyner-Kersee with a stirring triple jump duel between teammates Julian Reid and Zuheir Sharif that highlighted a Saturday team performance indicative of the high rankings the Aggie squads currently hold.
The No. 1 A&M men and No. 3 Aggie women combined for 20 victories on the weekend at Drake Stadium.
Saturday’s haul included five outright wins in the Invitational events along with Texas A&M posting the top collegiate finish in eight more events. Friday’s effort included five victories and a pair of top collegiate finishes, particularly in the late running distance events.
High-end results also added the Aggies as college leaders in 2008 for Julian Reid (54-3 ¾) in the triple jump, A.C. Robinson (45.97) in the men’s 400, Jessica Beard (52.04) in the women’s 400, and Porscha Lucas (22.99) in the women’s 200.
Texas A&M also broke four meet records and had five more runner-up performances that bettered the previous meet record. A total of 17 meet records were broken during the two-day meet.
A stirring battle in the triple jump had Reid and Sharif (53-10 ¼) trading the lead in nearly every round. By the end of the competition they threatened the school record with marks that place the pair at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, on the Aggie all-time list.
Another victory for Texas A&M came in the men’s 4 x 400 with a 3:05.07 clocking from the foursome of Justin Oliver (47.1), A.C. Robinson (45.6), Nick Robinson (46.2) and Bryan Miller (46.2).
Collegiate best finishes in the meet for A&M included the men’s 4 x 100 (season best 38.83), the women’s 4 x 100 (43.40), Jennifer Williams in both hurdle races (13.49 and a PR 58.53), Simone Facey in the 100 (11.32), and the women’s 4 x 400 (3:33.68).