LOS ANGELES, California – Competing in sunny Southern California made for a day of superlative performances by the Texas A&M Aggie track and field program at Loker Stadium on Saturday.
Among eight winning efforts by the Aggies, the highlight of the day came with another school record in the women’s 4 x 100.
The foursome of Porscha Lucas, Tresha Henry, Elizabeth Adeoti and Simone Facey won in 44.87 to defeat USC, who posted a time of 44.10. The previous A&M record mark in the sprint relay was 44.15, set last week in Monterrey, Mexico.
The Trojans entered the meet with the nation’s fastest time of 43.61, and the Aggies improved upon their season-best time, which ranked No. 2 in the nation.
With a strong start from Lucas, Henry pushed the Aggies into the lead with her second leg run. As Adeoti carried the baton through the curve the A&M lead held steady. Then Facey held off the challenge from USC’s Carol Rodriguez to bring the Aggies across the finish line first.
Facey later claimed the 100 meters in 11.38 (0.0) and took over the national leading collegiate time from the 11.39 previously posted by Rodriguez, who was runner-up to Facey in 11.44. Adeoti tied for fifth in the section with an 11.98 and finished tied for sixth overall.
The men’s 100 was won by Richard Adu-Bobie in 10.78 as the field ran into a steady headwind (-2.4). Jaycee Robertson of Washington State placed second in 10.84.
Adu-Bobie led off A&M’s 4 x 100 relay to a 40.67 winning time, which just missed the regional qualifying mark of 40.66. The Aggies quartet also consisted of Justin Oliver, Chris Dykes and Justin McQueen.
Also claiming a victory was Clora Williams, the defending NCAA 400 Outdoor champion. Williams made her outdoor debut with a winning time of 53.46 as she bettered USC’s Myra Hasson, who was second in 54.04. Sandy Wooten was fourth with a clocking of 54.48, which places her No. 7 on the Aggie all-time performer list and earns the freshman a NCAA regional berth.
In the field events Chad Brown neared his career best in the javelin with a winning toss of 221-9, which is just shy of the 225-10 he set in placing second at the NCAA Midwest Regional last season.
Kasey Onwuchekwa posted a winning mark of 53-10 ¾ (16.41) in the shot put. It becomes the No. 7 mark by Onwuchekwa on the Aggie all-time performance list.
Back on the track J.P. Machemehl led an Aggie 1-2-3 effort in the men’s 3000 meters. With a winning time of 8:26.84 Machemehl finished ahead of teammates Mitch Bible (8:29.10) and Brian McKinstry (8:31.91).
A&M also recorded a dozen runner-up efforts on the day, which included the men’s 4 x 400 as they ran a sizzling 3:05.98 to finish second to USC’s nationally-leading 3:05.88.
A.C. Robinson (45.6) and Oliver (45.4) both had sub 46-second splits as the Aggies traded the lead with the Trojans through four legs of the relay. It took a 45.0 split by Lionel Larry to earn USC the narrow victory.
In the 400 meters, Oliver ran his first out door 400 and placed second in 46.49 to finish behind the 45.75 winning time from Larry as Robinson placed third in the section with a 47.30.
Other runner-up efforts for A&M also included Christina Munoz (3000), Jessica Wingfield (javelin) , Caroline Wolf (high jump), Dusty Williams (pole vault), Chris Dykes (200), Hali Henderson (pole vault), Ashika Charan (long jump), Porscha Lucas (200), Nick Robinson (400 hurdles).