Thomas Jumps to Win at Texas Relays

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AUSTIN – Angela Thomas recorded a win for the Aggies in the triple jump on day three of the 80th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays while Simone Facey set another school record in the 100 meters during the qualifying rounds at Myers Stadium Friday.

Thomas topped a field of 22 entrants in the B triple jump as she produced a windy effort of 42-2 ¼ (12.88) while teammate Crystal McBrady finished fourth with a jump of 41-4 ½ (12.60). It was the best effort of the season for Thomas, who had a windy best of 41-2 ½ from the Trojan Invitational two weeks ago.

Thomas, who was third in Monterrey and Los Angeles, claimed the victory with a very solid series of six jumps. Opening with a first round effort of 41-10 ¾w (12.77), Thomas hit her winning mark in round two. She wrapped up the qualifying rounds with a wind legal 40-7 (12.37).

In the finals of the triple jump Thomas had three windy efforts that measured 41-3 (12.57), 40-8 ¼ (12.40), and 41-0 ½ (12.51). She held off the challenge of runner-up Seidre Forde of Louisville, who turned in a windy 41-10 ½, while Oklahoma State’s Zivile Siksnelyte placed third with a windy 41-5 ¼.

Ashika Charan finished fourth in the women’s long jump as she reached a distance of 20-0 ½ (6.11). UCLA’s Rhonda Watkins won the event with a jump of 22-0 ¼ (6.71), improving on her current world-leading status.

In the women’s high jump Caroline Wolf tied for seventh with a clearance of 5-8 ¾ (1.75). Anteneshia Lindsey finished 11th in the discus as she reached a mark of 152-7 (46.44), her second best distance this season.

A&M ran 3:21.84 to place ninth in the sprint medley, running with the quartet of Bryant McCombs, Justin McQueen, A.C. Robinson and Nick Toohey. They placed third in the first of two heats behind overall winner UTEP (3:17.56) and Rice (3:21.36).

In other finals among B section events Jennifer Davidson tied for 10th in the pole vault with a clearance of 11-11 ¾ (3.65). Josh Tiemann finished 10th in the discus with a toss of 172-6 (52.58).

MORNING PRELIMS

Qualifying rounds during the morning, with cool temperatures, had the Aggie women advancing to the finals in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays while three A&M individuals advanced in the 100 meters and 100 hurdles.

In the individual races, Simone Facey advanced to the final of the women’s 100 with a school record time of 11.27 (0.8 wind), bettering her previous A&M record of 11.38 from the Trojan Invitational two weeks ago. Facey had the second best qualifying mark, behind only an 11.22 run by Texas’ Alexandria Anderson, who equaled the current collegiate leading time.

Elizabeth Adeoti ran a season-best of 11.71 (0.9) while Khrystal Carter posted a time of 11.95 (0.5), but neither advanced to the final.

Richard Adu-Bobie won his heat of the 100 qualifying with a season-best of 10.42 (1.8), as he bettered the NCAA regional qualifying mark of 10.50. Walter Dix of Florida State led the nine qualifiers advancing to the final with a blistering 10.11, the fastest time by an American this season.

Jennifer Williams won her heat of the 100-meter hurdles in 13.60 (1.6) and advanced to the final. Other Aggies running in the prelims included Tresha Henry (13.83), Whitney Holmes (13.87), and Lindsey Adams (14.06).

In the men’s 110-meter hurdles Cade Liverman was an agonizing 0.002 of a second from reaching the final. Liverman placed third in his heat with a 14.22 clocking behind a 14.17 for Washington State’s Robert Williams and a 14.19 by Georgia’s Justin Gaymon.

Tied with Nebraska’s Aaron Ross for the ninth and final position to reach the finals, the timing officials read each hurdler’s time out to the 1000ths. Ross edged out Liverman with a 14.215 to 14.217 reading.

Running with the foursome of Henry, Porscha Lucas, Carter and Facey the A&M crew posted a winning time of 44.59 in heat five of nine of the sprint relay. A couple of shakey exchanges of the baton kept the Aggies from running a bit faster, but they won the heat comfortably ahead of Tulane’s 45.39 and the 45.55 run by Illinois. Texas A&M recorded the third fastest qualifying time behind LSU (44.19) and Texas (44.64).

In the 4 x 400, the Aggie foursome included Henry (54.3), Lucas (55.0), Sandy Wooten (55.4) and Katie Baker (53.7) as they advanced to the final with a clocking of 3:38.40 to win the first heat of six. The Aggies were sixth among the nine times that advanced to the final.

The A&M men, meanwhile, only had to qualify in the 4 x 100 relay as they are already selected for the Cleburne Price, Jr. 4 x 400 final on Saturday. The quartet of Quinton Young, Justin Oliver, Chris Dykes and Adu-Bobie displayed smooth exchanges throughout on the way to winning their heat in 40.44 over Arkansas (41.01) and Grambling (41.08).

The Aggies were fifth among the nine qualifying times. Florida State unleashed a collegiate leader when they won the final of four heats in 39.24 seconds with Baylor in tow at 39.89.