DES MOINES, Iowa – The first final involving an Aggie at the NCAA Track & Field Championships resulted in a third-place finish for freshman Julian Reid in the long jump.
In semifinal races held on the second day of the NCAA Championships at Drake Stadium, Texas A&M had a solid effort in getting athletes and relays through to the final.
Advancing to the finals were Chris Dykes, Porscha Lucas and Simone Facey in the 200, Nick Robinson in the 400 hurdles along with a pair of 4 x 400 relays.
Reid established a personal best of 25-11 (7.90) during the third round of the long jump competition as the top two jumpers eclipsed 26 and 27 feet. Ngonidzashe Makusha of Florida State won the event with a massive jump of 27-2.75 (8.30) while Arizona State’s Matt Turner claimed second with a mark of 26-3.5 (8.01).
“I’m very pleased with my performance,” Reid said. “It is a one place improvement over being fourth during the NCAA Indoor meet. It also showed that there more room for improvement. This was a world-class performance tonight.
“While I may not quite be on that level yet, I know with more work, more time and more patience while listening to Coach VanHootegem I’ll get there.”
Reid’s new career best mark makes him the No. 5 performer on the Aggie all-time list.
Both 4 x 400 squads won their respective heats to qualify for the final automatically. The women posted a time of 3:34.89 as anchor Jessica Beard pulled the team from third to first with a 51.9 split.
The A&M men withstood a late challenge from Michigan to win in 3:04.17, the fastest qualifying time of the night. Following the Aggies were Texas Tech (3:04.37), Baylor (3:04.54) and Michigan (3:04.43).
Running on the women’s team were Allison George (55.0), Sandy Wooten (54.0), Jennifer Williams (54.0) and Beard (51.9). The men’s squad included Bryan Miller (46.8), A.C. Robinson (45.6), Nick Robinson (45.9) and Justin Oliver (45.9).
Chris Dykes posted the top time of the men’s 200 semifinals in winning his heat in 20.48 seconds. Behind Dykes in the second heat were Evander Wells of Tennessee (20.50), Brent Gray of Long Beach State (20.53) and Tennessee’s Rubin Wiliams (20.59).
Qualifying from the first semi were Florida State’s Walter Dix (20.51), LSU’s Richard Thompson (20.62), Charles Clark of Florida State (20.71) and Baylor’s Trey Harts (20.72).
Porscha Lucas won her semifinal of the 200 meters in 22.89 to automatically qualify for the final, which will be held on Saturday. Simone Facey joined Lucas in the final by placing second in the other semi with a 22.96 clocking.
A third Aggie in the semis, Allison George, placed fifth in the heat with Lucas with a time of 23.33 and was 10th overall. Only the top eight advanced to the final.
Finishing behind Lucas were LSU’s Samantha Henry (23.04), Alexandria Anderson of Texas (23.07) and Virgil Hodge of TCU (23.29). Facey was runner-up to Nickesha Anderson of Kansas (22.76) and ahead of LSU’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste (23.20), Baylor’s Tiffany Townsend (23.20) and Florida’s Natalie Knight (23.28).
Nick Robinson, racing over the 400 hurdles for the second consecutive day, was the final time qualifier out of the semifinals and advanced to the finals. Robinson posted a time of 49.93 for fourth place in the first semi.
Jennifer Williams advanced to the semifinals of the 100 hurdles on Thursday with a time of 13.30 in the prelims. She placed fourth in her heat and was 13th overall in the qualifying field. A total of 16 athletes moved to the semifinal round.
Lindsey Adams ran a time of 13.72 to place sixth in her heat and 22nd overall.
Earlier in the first round of the 200, Lucas led qualifying in the 200 with the fastest mark, a 22.90 that won the fifth and final heat. Other heat winners for the Aggies included Facey in 23.12 and George in 23.24.
The A&M trio ranked 1-3-5 in qualifying for the evening’s semifinal.
Dykes also advanced to the men’s 200 semifinal by winning his heat in 20.76 as the top qualifier overall.
In the women’s javelin it was senior Jessica Wingfield leading the four A&M throwers with a mark of 159-6 (48.62) in the qualifying round. A distance of 160-10 was needed to reach the 12-person final.
Wingfield was 15th in the field of 28 throwers. Freshman Emalie Humphreys followed in 16th with a toss of 158-4 (48.27). Sophomore Hillary Pustka placed 20th with a throw of 155-5 (47.37) while freshman Laura Asimakis finished 21st with a mark of 155-1 (47.26).
In the men’s shot put qualifying Aggie senior Javier Olivas placed 20th overall with a mark of 57-3 ¾ (17.47).
NCAA Championships Day 2
Texas A&M qualifiers to next round:
200: Chris Dykes, 20.48.
400H: Nick Robinson, 49.93.
4 x 400: Texas A&M, 3:04.17 (Bryan Miller, A.C. Robinson, Nick Robinson, Justin Oliver).
200: Porscha Lucas, 22.89; Simone Facey, 22.96.
100H: Jennifer Wililams, 13.30.
4x4: Texas A&M 3:34.85 (Allison George, Sandy Wooten, Jennifer Williams, Jessica Beard).
A&M Results – NCAA Day 2
200: First round – 1. Chris Dykes, 20.76 (-1.9).
Semifinal – 1. Chris Dykes, 20.48 (-0.7).
400H: 8. Nick Robinson, 49.93.
4x4: 1. Texas A&M, 3:04.17.
LJ: 3. Julian Reid, 25-11 (7.90).
SP: 22. Javier Olivas, 57-3.75 (17.47).
200: First round – 1. Porscha Lucas, 22.91 (-1.5); 3. Simone Facey, 23.12 (-0.5); 5. Allison George 23.24 (-1.2); 25. Elizabeth Adeoti, 24.08 (-1.2); 26. Khrystal Carter 24.19 (-1.5).
Semifinal – 2. Porscha Lucas, 22.89 (-0.7); 3. Simone Facey, 22.96 (-1.6); 10. Allison George, 23.33 (-0.7).
100H: 13. Jennifer Williams, 13.30 (0.3); 22. Lindsey Adams, 13.72 (0.3).
4x4: 4. Texas A&M, 3:34.85.
JT: 15. Jessica Wingfield, 159-6 (48.62); 16. Emalie Humphreys, 158-4 (48.27); 20. Hillary Pustka, 155-5 (47.37); 21. Laura Asimakis, 155-1 (47.26).