Lincoln, Neb. - The NCAA Midwest Regional, hosted by the University of Nebraska, is the next postseason meet on the schedule for Texas A&M and it is a key one in terms of potential success for the Aggies at the NCAA Championships.
Finishing among the top five in running and field events as well as the top three among relays secures a spot in the NCAA meet hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 11-14.
The Aggie coaching staff determined its declarations this past weekend and Texas A&M will have a total of 49 athletes comprising 66 entrants during competition at Ed Weir Stadium on May 30-31.
The breakdown of the A&M squad includes 24 athletes with 36 entrants from the women and 25 athletes with 30 entrants from the men.
Live results can be found at the following link: results
Rankings this week reflected the declared athletes for the four regional meets being held this weekend. Both Aggie squads rank No. 2 behind LSU.
The top 10 women’s programs heading into the Regional weekend include: 1. LSU (340.93); 2. Texas A&M (326.91); 3. Arizona State (309.60); 4. Texas Tech (218.57); 5. USC (217.01); 6. Virginia Tech (214.57); 7. Florida (195.47); 8. UCLA (180.94); 9. Penn State (172.87); 10. Stanford (159.09).
Ranked No. 1 for the first time during the outdoor season the previous week, the A&M women head into the Midwest Regional as defending champion. Plus the last outdoor meet A&M contested on the University of Nebraska campus resulted in the Aggies' first-ever women's conference title when the Big 12 Championship was claimed in 2007.
Top 10 rankings for the men include: 1. LSU (291.64); 2. Texas A&M (250.32); 3. UCLA (216.08); 4. Florida (212.00); 5. Florida State (204.27); 6. Arizona State (202.19); 7. Arkansas (195.73); 8. USC (189.99); 9. Auburn (182.01); 10. Tennessee (180.82).
The A&M men are riding a wave of confidence that continues to build each week. The results have been evident with a team fourth-place finish during the Big 12 Indoor Championships and tying for 10th place at the NCAA Indoors.
Recently the men's squad battled for the Big 12 Outdoor title as they finished second, just 17 points shy of Colorado, after placing ninth the season before.
Performances during the Big 12 Championships in Boulder, Colorado, got the postseason part of Texas A&M's season off to a rousing start. In all the Aggies achieved nine conference titles and set seven Big 12 records.
Porscha Lucas ran a world-leading 22.29 to capture the 200-meter title and was selected as the Big 12 Women's Performer of the Year.
Simone Facey, winner of the 100 in a collegiate-leading 10.95 seconds and runner-up in the 200 with a career best 22.45, snared High Point honors at the conference meet. She scored 20.5 points, which included a leg on the winning 4 x 100 relay.
Jessica Beard recorded a collegiate-leading 51.09 in winning the 400 title. Big 12 coaches selected her as the Freshman of the Year, adding to the same honor awarded to her following the Big 12 Indoor meet.
On the men's side, Gerald Phiri became the first sprinter to win the sprint double, running 10.03 wind-aided in the 100 and 20.29 for victory in the 200. He earned High Point honors with 22.5 points, which included his leg on the winning 4 x 100 relay, and was also selected as the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
Julian Reid, the Big 12 Indoor Freshman of the Year, won his second long jump title in the conference and was runner-up in the triple jump.
Yasmine Regis established an under-23 British record in winning the triple jump with a 45-5 ¼ mark.
Texas A&M also won both 4 x 100 titles, setting Big 12 meet records with times of 42.88 and 38.83. The Aggies were also runner-up in both 4 x 400 relays.