Ag Tracksters Set Up For Sunday

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Boulder, Colo. – Texas A&M freshman Julian Reid defended his Big 12 indoor title in the long jump by winning the outdoor version at Potts Field by one quarter of an inch with a personal best of 25-6 ¼ (7.78).

Meanwhile, in qualifying races for the sprints and hurdles, the Aggie women advanced 15 to Sunday’s finals as they attempt to defend the Big 12 team championship they claimed last year. The A&M men advanced nine athletes for the finals.

Leading the qualifying for A&M was Porscha Lucas and Jennifer Williams. Lucas powered through the 200 in 22.49 seconds, equaling the meet record teammate Simone Facey ran in 2007 to win the Big 12 title, and she had the second fastest time in the 100 with an 11.24. Facey was second fastest in the 200 with a 22.95 and third fastest in the 100 with an 11.30.

Williams ran a windy best of 13.08 in the 100 hurdles and followed with a career best of 57.77 in the 400 hurdles.

After two days of competition the Nebraska women lead in team scoring with 79 points off eight finals. Kansas State (45 ½), Kansas (40 ½), Texas A&M (35) and Texas Tech (28 ½) round out the top five. Nebraska only advanced four athletes for the running finals.

Missouri has scored 45 points amid five men’s finals to lead the team scoring over Colorado (42), Nebraska (25), Texas Tech (20), Texas A&M (16) and Texas (13). The Longhorns led qualifying with 10 athletes advancing to the finals.

In addition to Reid’s victory in the long jump, the Aggies had scoring from two sixth-place efforts. Trinity Otto scored 7,166 points in the decathlon while Javier Olivas reached a distance of 56-4 in the shot put.

The Texas A&M women enjoyed a third-place finish, and six points, from Ashika Charan in the long jump as she reached a personal best of 20-9 ½. Laura Asimakis contributed four more points by placing fifth in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-7 ½. Sarah Pierson turned in one point with an eighth-place effort in the heptathlon as she scored a personal best total of 4,705 points.

Nebraska women tallied 26 points in the heptathlon, then they added 24 more in the high jump and 11 from the pole vault.

The Aggie women qualified five athletes in the eight-person 100 final and will score a minimum of 21 points. They will also have three athletes in the 200 and 100 hurdles along with two athletes in the 400 and 400 hurdles. Texas A&M had the fastest qualifier in the 200, 400, 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles.

The top qualifying for the Aggie men came in the 400, where Justin Oliver (46.11), Bryan Miller (46.39) and A.C. Robinson (46.20) advanced.

Gerald Phiri posted the top time in the 100 with a 10.27 into a -2.4 mps headwind and had the second fastest mark in the 200 (20.60) ahead of teammate Chris Dykes (20.65). Nick Robinson broke through the 50-second barrier in qualifying for the 400 hurdles with a career best of 49.92, the second fastest qualifier.

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