Baton Rouge, La. – Texas A&M athletes totaled 20 career best marks at the LSU Alumni Gold on Saturday and in the process recorded 10 victories and added a dozen runner-up performances at Bernie Moore Stadium.
On a day full of career best marks for the Aggies, the 200 meters provided a showcase for A&M’s sprinting prowess. Porscha Lucas claimed the women’s race in a personal best of 22.69 to take over the collegiate lead for 2008. Likewise, Chris Dykes did the same in the men’s 200 as he won in a personal best of 20.46, the fastest wind-legal collegiate time this season.
In field events Laura Asimakis won the women’s javelin with a huge personal best of 166-9 (50.82). With a winning margin of three inches, Asimakis becomes the No. 5 performer on the Aggie all-time list as she improved on her previous best of 158-3.
Lucas, now third on the 2008 world list, remains the No. 2 performer on the A&M all-time list and now has the No. 4 performance. Her previous PR was a 22.79 from the 2007 Big 12 Championships. On the current world list Lucas trails a 22.35 from Jamaica’s Kerron Stewart, the 2007 NCAA Champion for Auburn, and a 22.56 by former Longhorn Sanya Richards.
Dykes set his career best over 200 meters for the second consecutive week. Coming into the 2008 season he had a best of 20.84. Following his 20.64 victory at UCLA, Dykes now equals the No. 6 performer on the Aggie all-time list. On the 2008 world list, Dykes currently ranks No. 6.
Other A&M victories include Jessica Beard defeating a field that included international post-collegians. With a late surge past Davita Predergast (52.17), Beard claimed the victory in 52.11, the No. 9 performance on the A&M all-time list.
Brenna Williamson lowered her best in the steeplechase by 10 seconds with a winning time of 10:38.81. She improves to No. 2 on the Aggie all-time list with the second best performance. Williamson only trails the school record of 10:29.53 set by Sarah Ravenelle at this meet last season.
In the women’s discus Anteneshia Lindsey matched her career best to the centimeter with a winning toss of 165-11 (50.58) to better the field by over nine feet.
Julian Reid improved his career best mark in the long jump while placing fourth, but finishing as the top collegian. With a leap of 24-9 ¾ (7.56) Reid bettered his previous best of 24-9 ¼.
In the women’s triple jump Angela Thomas finished as the top collegian, placing second overall, with a personal best of 41-10 ¾ (12.77). Thomas remains as the No. 8 performer on the Aggie all-time list.
A.C. Robinson ran 46.42 in the men’s 400 to claim the top collegiate spot as he was second only to the 46.25 run by former LSU sprinter Siraj Williams.
Zuheir Sharif placed fifth overall in the triple jump, which featured an international laden field. Sharif’s 50-2 ¾ (15.31), though, made him the top collegian in the field as he topped LSU’s Zedric Thomas (49-6 ¼).