AUSTIN -- The first day of the Texas Relays featured a 1-2 finish for Texas A&M in the B section of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. David Hebert won the race in a time of 9:18.93 while Joe Sauvageau was the runner-up in 9:28.07.
The 80th version of the Texas Relays, held at Myers Stadium, also included the first day of the heptathlon. Sheree Francis competed in the multi-event for the Aggies and scored 3,195 points from four events and is currently in 10th place.
Sauvageau led the start of the steeple chase through the first two laps, running a split of 2:39.8. Then Hebert turned in a lap of 1:18.3 and took over the lead for the remainder of the race. Albany’s Ricardo Estremera finished third in 9:29.03.
Covering the fourth circuit of the track in 1:16.6 gave Hebert a comfortable lead, which he eventually stretched out to 50 meters by the end of the race. Hebert improved on his debut time (9:24.85), run last Friday in Houston, by nearly six seconds and just came up short of cracking the Aggie all-time top 10 list. The 10th best performer time is 9:17.71.
Sauvageau lowered his season best by three seconds after clocking 9:31.14 at the Rice Bayou Classic on Friday.
Francis started out the day with a clocking of 14.61 in the 100 hurdles to earn 894 points. Then she cleared 5-6 ½ for 842 points and added 594 more with a toss of 36-0 ¾ in the shot put. Closing out the first day of the heptathlon with a 25.24w (2.3) time in the 200 added 856 points.
Diana Pickler of Washington State leads the heptathlon with 3,767 points while UT-San Antonio’s Ryanne Dupree is currently second with 3.461 points and Julie Pickler has 3,425 points for third place.
The remaining three events in the heptathlon continue Thursday starting with the long jump at 12:30 p.m. Texas A&M will also have two entrants in the men’s 400 hurdles, which runs at 5:15 p.m., with Nick Robinson and James Jerry.