Aggie Women No. 5 In National Relay Rankings

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Texas A&M women ranked No. 5 in the nation among the season-ending relay rankings produced by Track & Field News while the A&M men were rated No. 2 in the 4 x 400 relay.

In the 51st annual relay rankings, compiled by Walt Murphy, the Aggie women totaled 27 points from being ranked in four of the eight relays used in tabulating the top relay teams for 2007.

LSU earned the women's No. 1 ranking with 41 points followed by Michigan and South Carolina, who tied for second with 31 points, while Tennessee ranked No. 4 with 28 points. Ranked behind Texas A&M were Arkansas (17), Minnesota (16), Texas (16), USC (14) and Penn State (14).

A national title in the 4 x 100 secured the No. 1 spot for the Aggie women in the sprint relay. A&M also rated No. 3 in the 4 x 200 and added a pair of No. 4 ratings in the 4 x 400 and shuttle hurdle relays.

A note regarding the Aggie women in Track & Field News' recap of the women's rankings noted: "Texas A&M's rapid rise under Pat Henry into the top 10 suggests the sprint relays will be an even more competitive battleground in coming years."

In the men's 4 x 400, the Aggies were runner-up in four key meets, the Penn Relays, Big 12, Midwest Regional and the NCAA Championships. They finished the season ranked No. 2 in the 1,600-meter relay behind Baylor and ahead of LSU, South Carolina, and Mississippi State.

Track & Field News 2007 Relay Rankings

Overall Women Leaders: 1. LSU 41; 2. tie, Michigan & South Carolina, 31; 4. Tennessee 28; 5. Texas A&M 27; 6. Arkansas 17; 7. tie, Minnesota & Texas 16; 9. tie, USC & Penn State 14.

4 x 100: 1. Texas A&M; 2. LSU; 3. USC; 4. TCU: 5. South Carolina.

4 x 200: 1. South Carolina; 2. LSU; 3. Texas A&M; 4. Arkansas; 5. USC.

4 x 400: 1. South Carolina; 2. LSU; 3. Louisiana Tech; 4. Texas A&M; 5. UCLA.

4 x 100H: 1. South Carolina; 2. LSU; 3. Michigan; 4. Texas A&M; 5. Tennessee.

Overall Men Leaders: 1. tie, Baylor & Florida State 29; 3. LSU 28; 4. Tennessee 23; 5. Northern Iowa 21.

4 x 400: 1. Baylor; 2. Texas A&M; 3. LSU; 4. South Carolina; 5. Mississippi State.

World Rankings includes two A&M relays

Following the completion of the World Championships in Japan this past weekend the final relay list on the world level includes Texas A&M ranking among the top 10 for the 2007 season in the men's 4 x 400 and women's 4 x 100 relay.

The 3:01.07 clocking by the Aggie men for second place in the 4 x 400 at the NCAA Championships finished the season as the No. 6 squad and No. 12 performance for the year. Meanwhile, the A&M women's 4 x 100 school record of 43.05 seconds, which claimed the NCAA title, makes the Aggies the No. 7 team with the No. 14 performance for season.

In another perspective the A&M men's 4 x 400 would have placed fifth at the World Championships with its season best time while the Aggie women's best would have placed sixth in the World's 4 x 100 final.

2007 World List – Men's 4 x 400 Relay

Time Team Place Site Date

2:55.56 United States 1 Osaka 9/02

2:59.18 Bahamas 2 Osaka 9/02

3:00.04 Baylor 1 Sacramento 6/09

3:00.05 Poland 3 Osaka 9/02

3:00.44 Jamaica 3 Philadelphia 4/28

3:01.07 Texas A&M 2 Sacramento 6/09

3:01.07 Russia 3h1 Osaka 9/01

3:01.22 Great Britain 4h1 Osaka 9/01

3:01.77 Germany 2 Munich 6/24

3:02.13 Russia U-23 1 Debrecen 7/15

2007 World List – Women's 4 x 100 Relay

Time Team Place Site Date

41.98 United States 1 Osaka 9/01

42.01 Jamaica 2 Osaka 9/01

42.75 Belgium 3 Osaka 9/01

42.78 Russia 1 Munich 6/23

42.82 Great Britain 3h2 Osaka 9/01

42.85 Belgium 1h1 Osaka 9/01

43.05 Texas A&M 1 Sacramento 6/08

43.08 Germany 1 Bochum 8/12

43.09 France 2 Munich 6/23

43.14 LSU 2 Sacramento 6/08

43.16 Belarus 3h1 Osaka 9/01