Boulder, Colo. – Blistering times in the sprints propelled the Aggie women to another Big 12 Conference Championship in track and field Sunday, while a combination of sprints, jumps and throwing points earned the Texas A&M men second place.
In the process A&M track and field earned the final two points in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown for the Aggies first win over Texas (10.5 to 8.5) in the four-year history of the series.
Behind mind-numbing marks that set Big 12 meet records and established collegiate leading times -- 10.95 by Simone Facey, 22.29 by Porscha Lucas and 51.09 from Jessica Beard -- the A&M women rolled to a commanding point total of 157 points. Nebraska was runner-up with 105 while Texas Tech scored 101 ½.
Facey earned high point honors at the Big 12 meet for the second year in a row. She totaled 20 ½ points with a win in the 100 meters, second place in the 200 and was part of the winning 4 x 100 relay.
Gerald Phiri produced a double sprint victory with times of 10.03 (wind-aided) and 20.25 to claim the men’s high point award with 22 ½ points. The Aggie men accumulated 121 points and finished second to Colorado’s winning tally of 138. Texas finished third with 96 points while Nebraska placed fourth with 95.
Sunday’s running finals began with victories in the 4 x 100 relay for the Aggies. The women clocked a Big 12 meet record time of 42.88 seconds, bettering the previous mark of 43.36 set by Texas in 1999. Running on the relay were Elizabeth Adeoti, Porscha Lucas, Simone Facey and Gabby Mayo. It was the third sub 43-second relay time posted this season, topped by a 42.69 during the Penn Relays.
In the men’s 4 x 100 the Aggie avenged a false start from last year’s meet with a sizzling time of 38.85 seconds, which bettered the Big 12 meet record of 39.28 set by Texas in 2003. Running on the winning effort was Richard Adu-Bobie, Gerald Phiri, Dominique Stafford and Chris Dykes.
Another victory on the day included Yasmine Regis becoming the collegiate leader and A&M school record in the triple jump with a mark of 45-5 ¼ (13.85).
Runner-up efforts included Jennifer Williams in both hurdle races, running a career best 13.19 in the 100 hurdles and 58.22 in the 400 hurdles. Facey lowered her PR in the 200 to 22.45 for runner-up honors.
On the men’s side Josh Tiemann (172-9) claimed second with Dylan Conway (171-5) third in the discus. Julian Reid (53-0 ¾) finished second in the triple jump with Tyron Stewart (53-0) taking third. In the 400 hurdles Nick Robinson lowered his career best to 49.69 for second place.
Both 4 x 400 relays ended the day with runner-up efforts as well. The men ran 3:04.58 while the women posted a time of 3:33.53.
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