MONTERREY, MEXICO -- Texas A&M’s spring break trip to south of the border resulted in a pair of team titles during the 55th annual Monterrey Tech Relays. The women totaled 174 points while the men scored 130 at Estadio Tecnologico.
Brigham Young was runner-up to the Aggies, with the Cougar men reaching a point total of 52 while the BYU women scored 104 ½. The leading squad from the Mexican universities competing, which placed them third overall, were Nuevo Leon (48) on the women’s side and Monterrey Tech (51) on the men’s side. Monterrey Tech is coached by Francisco Olivares, a former student and coach at Texas A&M, who competed for the Aggies in track and field.
The second day of the meet featured another crop of winning efforts for the Aggies. They claimed both titles in the triple jump, shot put and 4 x 400 relays.
Zuheir Sharif neared the career best he recently established in winning the Big 12 Indoor title when he won the triple jump with a wind-aided mark of 51-10 ½ (15.81). Terry Dike placed second with a best of 48-2 ¾ (14.70).
Yasmine Regis, meanwhile, led a 1-2-3 A&M sweep in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 42-7 (12.98). Crystal McBrady claimed runner-up honors with a mark of 40-11 ½ (12.48) effort while Angela Thomas finished third with a 39-11 ½ (12.18) jump.
In the shot put the Aggies went 1-2 in the men’s event and 1-3 in the women’s competition. Javier Olivas won the shot put with a mark of 57-10 ¼ (17.63) while Tyler Custis reached 56-1 ¼ (17.10) for second place.
Kasey Onwuchekwa hit a mark of 54-5 ¼ (16.59) to win while Anteneshia Lindsey placed third with a 46-5 ½ (14.16). Onwuchekwa’s mark is her fifth-best effort outdoors.
In the relays the A&M had two squads race to pair of 3:07’s as they battled for the win. The foursome of Bryant McCombs, Chris Dykes, Justin Oliver and Morquise Cleveland posted a winning time of 3:07.31 while the quartet of Marcus Pitre, Justin McQueen, A.C. Robinson and Nick Robinson challenged with a 3:07.67, which netted second place.
The Aggies placed a third relay crew on the podium as a 3:15.60 run by Jonathan Collins, Cade Liverman, James Jerry and Nick Toohey claimed third ahead of Monterrey Tech’s 3:16.13.
In the women’s relay an A&M foursome of Porscha Lucas, Ana Coutino, Elizabeth Adeoti and Khrystal Carter posted a winning time of 3:39.62, the school’s eighth-fastest time on the performers list, to defeat BYU by nearly seven seconds.
Another winning effort included Nick Robinson claiming the 400 hurdles in 52.53 with teammate James Jerry getting second with a 52.68.