Miami Next Journey For Aggie Track And Field Crew

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CORAL GABLES, FL -- Facing rain the past two weekends during scheduled competitions, the Aggie track and field team seeks a dry and warmer climate during the Miami Elite Invitational this Saturday on the University of Miami campus.

Texas A&M, ranked No. 4 in the coaches poll and No. 5 by Trackwire on the women’s side in polls released this week, will be among 11 teams entered in the Invitational, which begins at noon with field events as running events start at 5 p.m.

The Aggies are one of just three teams outside of Florida who are competing in the meet. Tulane women and SUNY-Albany men are the other two out-of-state programs who will contend with full squads from host Miami, South Florida, Florida International, and Florida Atlantic, along with the Florida men and women’s teams from Jacksonville and Florida A&M.

Cobb Stadium will be the host site as Miami, ranked No. 14 in the coaches’ poll for women’s teams, hosts its second meet of the season. The Hurricanes will compete in the ACC conference meet next weekend.

Recent Rankings

Texas A&M women opened the outdoor season ranked No. 5 by Trackwire last week and maintained that position this week while the first USTFCCCA poll released this week had the Aggie women in the No. 4 spot behind Arizona State, LSU and USC while one position ahead of Texas.

A&M women listed among Trackwire’s Dandy Dozen include: Simone Facey, ranked No. 3 in the 100 and No. 5 in the 200; the 4 x 100 relay, currently No. 3; the 4 x 400 relay, ranked No. 2; Caroline Wolf, No. 6 in the high jump; Yasmine Regis, No. 10 in the triple jump; Kasey Onwuchekwa, No. 11 in the shot put; and Michelle Inocencio, ranked No. 5 in the javelin.

Aggie men included in the Dandy Dozen are: Chris Dykes, No. 7 in the 200; Justin Oliver, No. 12 in the 400; Nick Robinson, No. 9 in the 400 hurdles; the 4 x 100 relay, ranked No. 7; the 4 x 400 relay, ranked No. 3; and Zuheir Sharif, No. 9 in the triple jump.

Trackwire Polls – Top 25

The Trackwire 25 for Women, including team rankings and projected national meet scores:

1. Arizona State, 61; 2. LSU, 43; 3. USC, 36; 4. South Carolina, 34; 5. Texas A&M, 31; =6. Texas, 29; =6. Michigan, 29; 8. Auburn, 27; 9. Georgia, 26; 10. Oregon, 25; 11. UCLA, 24; 12. Stanford, 23; 13. Texas Tech, 21; =14. Cal, 18; =14. Miami, 18; 16. BYU, 17; =17. Tennessee, 15; =17. Minnesota, 15; =19. Florida, 14; =19. Duke, 14; 21. Washington State, 13; =22. Illinois, 12; =22. Georgia Tech, 12; =22. Colorado, 12; =22. UTEP, 12.

The Trackwire 25 for Men, including team rankings and projected national meet scores:

1. Florida State, 63; 2. Auburn, 44; 3. USC, 40; 4. Arizona, 34; 5. Tennessee, 30; 6. Wisconsin, 28; 7. Arizona State, 27; 8. Oregon, 26; 9. Arkansas, 25; 10. LSU, 23; =11. Washington, 22; =11. Clemson, 22; 13. North Carolina, 21; 14. Louisville, 20; =15. Baylor, 19; =15. Texas, 19; 17. UCLA, 17; =18. Florida, 16; =18. McNeese State, 16; =18. UTEP, 16; =18. Nebraska, 16; =18. Georgia, 16; =23. Texas Tech, 15; =23. Mississippi, 15; =23. Stanford, 13.

USTFCCA Polls – Top 20

Women: 1. Arizona State; 2. LSU; 3. USC; 4. Texas A&M; 5. Texas; 6. South Carolina; 7. Georgia; 8. Oregon; 9. UCLA; 10. Auburn; 11. Michigan; 12. Stanford; 13. Texas Tech; 14. Miami; 15. California; 16. Minnesota; 17. Tennessee; 18. Washington State; 19. Duke; 20. UTEP.

Men: 1. Florida State; 2. Auburn; 3. USC; 4. Arizona; 5. Tennessee; 6. Texas; 7. Arkansas; 8. Wisconsin; 9. LSU; 10. Clemson; 11. Washington; 12. Florida; 13. UTEP; 14. UCLA; 15. Oregon; 16. Baylor; 17. North Carolina; 18. Louisville; 19. Arizona State; 20. Texas Tech.

Looking Back – Texas Relays

A combination of 30-degree weather and steady rain meant no activity for the Aggies on the Saturday portion of the Texas Relays in Ausitn last weekend.

Texas A&M still came away with some steady performances during the first three days of the meet, including another school record run by Simone Facey in the 100 meters.

Facey won her heat of the 100 qualifying round in 11.27 seconds, clipping her school record of 11.38. On the current collegiate list for 2007, Facey’s time ranks third behind a pair of 11.22s run by Alexandria Anderson of Texas and LSU’s Kelly Ann Baptiste. It also ranks No. 5 on the world list for this season.

Also moving up among the top 10 nationally with their performances at the Texas Relays were Nick Robinson and Angela Thomas.

Robinson qualified for the finals with a commanding win in his prelim heat, running a time of 51.14, which ranks him No. 6 nationally and No. 2 within the Midwest Region. Thomas, meanwhile, won the B section of the triple jump as she produced a windy mark of 42-2.25. It ended up being the top mark of the meet as the A section was contested in the cold and rain of Saturday. Thomas is currently No. 7 in the nation and No. 3 in the region, right behind teammate Yasmine Regis’s mark of 42-7.