COLLEGE STATION -- Following a No. 1 ranking by the coaches association and an impressive weekend at the UCLA Rafer Johnson / Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, the Texas A&M men have also moved up in the NCAA formchart maintained by Track & Field News.
Remarks on the magazine’s website Tuesday morning noted: “Favored Florida State and No. 2 choice LSU find their scores unchanged in the latest T&FN Rankings. The big mover is Texas A&M, who was only No. 14 in week 2, climbed to No. 8 last week and is now No. 5, just a point away from being No. 4.”
The magazine’s formchart, which is altered during the course of the outdoor season to reflect current marks, has the Aggies scoring 33 points at the NCAA Championships behind the top four teams of Florida State (54), LSU (44), USC (42) and Auburn (34). The next five squads include Arizona State (32), Texas (27), Baylor (25), Tennessee (24), and Florida (23).
Texas A&M will face LSU and Auburn this weekend at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational in Baton Rouge.
Projected scorers for the Aggie men on the NCAA formchart include the following:
100 meters: 5. Gerald Phiri
200 meters: 5. Chris Dykes
400 hurdles: 7. Nick Robinson
4 x 100: 3. Texas A&M
4 x 400: 4. Texas A&M
Long Jump: 4. Julian Reid
Triple Jump: 5. Julian Reid; 6. Zuheir Sharif
Jessica Beard, Julian Reid each selected Big 12 Athlete of the Week
A successful endeavor during the UCLA Invitational this past weekend earned two Aggie freshmen the weekly conference honor as Athlete of the Week.
The Big 12 office selected Jessica Beard and Julian Reid as this week’s recipients for the honor. Beard and Reid were both tabbed as Big 12 Freshman of the Year during the indoor season.
Beard (Euclid, Ohio) defeated an international field of talent in winning the 400 meters in 52.04 seconds at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles. It was her first 400 race outdoors this season and she promptly took over the collegiate lead with her time. Beard is currently ranked No. 4 on the U.S. list and No. 8 in the world.
On the Aggie all-time list Beard is now the No. 2 performer with the No. 6 performance as she breaks into the top 10 performances that were created by Clora Williams, the 2006 NCAA Champion. Beard claimed the indoor school record in the 400 this season when she ran 52.48 to place third at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
During the meet at UCLA Beard also split 52.6 on the 4 x 400 relay as A&M posted a time of 3:33.68. Beard also tops the current world junior list for 2008. A two-time U.S. Junior champion in the 400, Beard will seek her third title this summer when the U.S. Junior Championships take place in her home state of Ohio at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State in Columbus.
Reid (Kingston, Jamaica) battled teammate Zuheir Sharif in an entertaining triple jump duel at UCLA and came away with the collegiate lead for 2008. Reid was just three inches shy of the A&M school record of with a career best mark of 54-3 ¾ (16.55) as he moved into the No. 2 position on the Aggie all-time list.
With a previous best of 51-11 ¼ (15.83) heading into the meet, Reid bettered that mark in four of the six rounds. Within his sights is the 54-6 ¾ (16.63) school record set by Kendrick Smith during the 1995 Southwest Conference meet.
Reid and Sharif (53-10 ¼ PR) now sit 1-2 on the current collegiate list. Reid is also No. 10 on the 2008 world list. With a wind-aided best of 25-0 ¾ (7.64), Reid has one of the top long jumps among the college ranks this outdoor season. Last summer he was a silver medalist in the long jump at the Pan Am Junior Championships.