COLLEGE STATION -- Running a world-leading time in the 200 meters for the 2007 outdoor season this past weekend merited Big 12 Female Athlete of the Week honors for Texas A&M junior sprinter Simone Facey, as announced by the conference office today.
Facey defeated U.S. Olympian Lauryn Williams in the 200 meters on Saturday during the Miami Elite Invitational held in Coral Gables, Florida. Using a strong finish to pull away from Williams in the final 50 meters of the race, Facey broke a 24-year-old A&M school record while recording a winning time of 22.77 seconds. Williams was runner-up in 23.02.
The previous world leader for 2007 was a 22.95 run by LSU’s Kelly Ann Baptiste. The Aggies visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this weekend for the annual Alumni Gold Invitational hosted by LSU.
Facey also anchored Texas A&M’s 4 x 100 to a time of 43.87 for second place to South Florida Elite (43.44), a professional relay crew consisting of three Olympians in Angela Williams, Debbie Ferguson (Bahamas) and Lauryn Williams along with former Miami All-American Dominique Darden.
The relay time run by the Aggies equaled the school record they set three weeks ago in Los Angeles when they defeated USC in the Trojan Invitational.
A native of Jamaica, who attended Vere Technical while growing up in Clarendon, Facey was a multiple NJCAA champion at Barton County JC. She anchored Jamaica to a World Junior Championship in the 4 x 100 back in 2002 and was the silver medalist in the World Junior 100.
Since joining the Aggies in August, Facey has been part of six school records: Indoor – 60 (7.29), 200 (22.97), 4 x 400 (3:29.93, Facey split 52.7 on third leg); Outdoor – 100 (11.38), 200 (22.77), and 4 x 100 (43.87, run twice). Her latest school record in the 200 shattered the previous best mark of 23.48 set by Novaita Samuels in 1983.
Facey is the first Aggie to claim a Big 12 Athlete of the Week honor in track and field during the outdoor season. Katie Baker and Kasey Onwuchekwa each received the award during the indoor season.
The Trackwire and USTFCCCA polls, both released today, had the Aggie women in the No. 6 spot while the A&M men made their first appearance in the Trackwire poll during the outdoor season at No. 19 and remained unranked in the coaches top 20 poll.
Arizona State, winners of the women’s NCAA Indoor Championship, remains locked in as No. 1 in the Trackwire poll with a predicted total of 65 points for the NCAA outdoor meet.
The Sun Devils are followed by LSU (46), USC (36), Georgia (33), South Carolina (33), Texas A&M (32), Texas (27), Michigan (27), Auburn (26) and Oregon (25) in the top 10.
Florida State, last year’s NCAA outdoor champs, are No. 1 in the men’s poll with a total of 65 predicted points. The rest of the top 10 includes Auburn 942), USC (39), Arizona State (36), LSU (34), Tennessee (28), Oregon (28), Arizona (29), Wisconsin (24) and Washington (22).
The Aggie men are the second-best ranked team from the Big 12 in the Trackwire poll with 17 predicted points in the No. 19 position. Texas (20) sits in the No. 11 spot while Baylor (16) is No. 20, Texas Tech (14) is No. 24 and Nebraska (11) is in a four-way tie for No. 25.
Texas A&M is well represented on the Trackwire Dandy Dozen list, which predicts the field for the finals of the NCAA Championships.
Simone Facey is currently ranked No. 3 in the 100 behind Auburn’s Kerron Stewart and LSU’s Kelly Ann Baptiste. In the 200, Facey is ranked No. 5 while Clora Williams holds the No. 7 position in the 400, an event she is the defending champion in.
Jennifer Williams moved into the No. 7 spot in the 100 hurdles after her career best clocking of 13.27 during the Miami Elite Invitational. Caroline Wolf is ranked fifth in the high jump. Yasemine Regis is 11th in the triple jump while Michelle Inocencio ranks No. 10 in the javelin.
In relays the Aggie women remain No. 3 in the 4 x 100 and No. 2 in the 4 x 400.
The men are represented in the Dandy Dozen by Chris Dykes, No. 8 in the 200; Justin Oliver, No. 9 in the 400; Nick Robinson, No. 10 in the 400 hurdles; and Zuheir Sharif, who occupies the No. 6 position in the triple jump.
Running a 39.49 this past weekend at the Miami Elite Invitational moved the A&M squad into the No. 2 position for the 4 x 100 relay behind Florida State. The Aggie 4 x 400 is ranked No. 4 behind Baylor, LSU and USC.