Aggie Jennifer Madu claims pair of silver medals at US Junior Championships

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Texas A&M freshman Jennifer Madu claimed a pair of silver medals during the US Junior Championships at Drake Stadium on Thursday. Madu competed in the 100 meters and triple jump, finishing second in each event to earn a trip to the Pan Am Juniors as part of the U.S. team later this summer.

In the USATF Championships a career best throw of 185-11 (56.66) for Ariana Ince, an A&M volunteer coach, placed her second in the women’s javelin. Oklahoma’s Brittany Borman won the event with a 199-10 (60.91) while Kara Patterson placed third with a 183-4 (55.88).

After running 11.76 (-1.3 wind) in the 100 prelims, Madu clocked 11.67 in the final to place second to an 11.64 from Morolake Akinosun of Illinois as the field ran into a 4.4 headwind. In the recent NCAA final held in Eugene, Madu placed fifth while Akinosun finished eighth.

“It was hard doing the triple jump and 100 at the same time,” noted Madu, who ran the 100 final after the first three rounds of the triple jump and then returned for the final three rounds after the race. “At this point of the season your body is more tired, but I’m glad I was able to come and do this well. I could feel the wind more in the triple jump, because it was all over the place. It would be behind me, in front of me, or coming at me from the side.

Madu produced a best of 41-5.25 (12.63) in the triple jump to finish in second place behind Baylor’s Brianna Richardson, who won with a 42-1.5 (12.84). The two jumpers were tied after the third round when both produced a 41-5.25 in that stanza. Richardson then claimed the victory in the sixth round.

“I came into this meet with a little bit more confidence following the NCAA Championships,” said Madu. “It was a different feeling, especially in the 100 since I wasn’t running against English Gardner or Kimberlyn Duncan.”

Ince hit her big javelin mark in the final round, moving from third to second. The series for Ince included four career best marks amid her six attempts of 160-8, 179-11, 175-9, 180-10, 181-4 and 185-11. She will need a mark of 196-10 (60.00) by July 20 to qualify for the World Championships held in Moscow, Russia, during mid-August.

The previous PR for Ince, set earlier this season, was a 176-0 (53.64). A native of Gonzales, Texas, Ince competed in the pole vault and javelin at Rice after claiming four consecutive State 3A titles in the pole vault during her prep career. She won five Conference-USA titles in the pole vault while at Rice.

LaQue Moen-Davis placed ninth in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 43-8w (13.31). During the first three round Moen-Davis was in the eighth position a couple of times, but slipped to ninth in the third stanza and didn’t advance to the final three rounds. An opening round mark of 42-8.25 for Moen-Davis was followed by a 43-8w and then a 43-6w.

Jessica Beard advanced to the next round of the 400 as she placed fourth in her heat with a time of 52.75. In the women’s 100 Jeneba Tarmoh (11.37, wind -1.9) and Lauryn Williams (11.47) advanced from the same heat as they finished second and third. Muna Lee, a former volunteer assistant at A&M, was the top time qualifier to advance with an 11.35 (-1.4 wind).

Junior competitors also included a trio of incoming Texas A&M freshmen. Aaliyah Brown of Illinois placed eighth in the 100 final with a time of 11.89 (-4.4 wind). In the 100 hurdles Lauren Bedrich (Rogers, Texas) placed ninth (14.30, wind -1.5) in qualifying while Shameir Little (lllinois) finished 12th (14.47, -3.1 wind) overall.

Friday’s action in Des Moines that involves an Aggie has Donique’ Flemings in the first round of the 100 hurdles. Among the incoming A&M freshmen, Brown will compete in the 200 while Little comes back for the 400 and Bedrich runs the 400 hurdles.

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