Ag Tracksters Fare Well At USA Juniors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Texas A&M had a pair of top three finishers during the USA Junior Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Saturday while another couple of Aggies advanced to the final of the 400 meters.

Second day action at the meet was delayed for nearly two hours with a combination of high winds, rain and lightning in the area.

Incoming freshman Vashti Thomas placed second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.62 as she fell at the finish line. Teona Rodgers of Florida State won the race in 13.60.

The top two finishers in each race qualify for the IAAF World Junior Championships, being held in Poland, provided they have met the qualifying standard.

Tyron Stewart, who completed his freshman season with the Aggies, finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 51-10.5 (15.81). Teammate Melvin Echard placed fifth with a distance of 51-1.75 (15.59). North Carolina’s Austin Davis won the event with a 52-8.25 (16.06) effort.

Jessica Beard, a two time defending champion, and Bryan Miller both advanced through the opening round of the 400. Beard posted the top time of 53.42 while Miller had the fifth-fastest mark in the men’s race with a 47.12.

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