AUSTIN – Texas A&M senior Ameer Webb had a hand in three Texas A&M victories at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays as he set the world-leading time for the 2013 season in winning the 100 meters with a 10.14 (1.6 wind) while leading off the 4x100 and anchoring the 4x200 that each claimed wins at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday in front of 16, 549 fans.
For his efforts Webb earned the Most Outstanding Performer of the meet while the Texas A&M men were named the Most Outstanding Team.
“There is competition from both coasts, we have people here from all over the United States here and they come down here because the level of competition is great,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “If your successful here in the 4x100 and 4x400 that is a sign of a NCAA Championship quality event. We ran really well in the relays today.”
Texas A&M men registered a pair of relay victories to start the final day of the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays as they cruised to a world leading 1:20.78 in the 4x200 and a US leading 38.64 in the 4x100 with the same four sprinters.
“It was a great day,” stated Webb. “The three races were all pretty much back-to-back, so they are hard to run. My favorite race is the 200, so it was exciting to win the 4x200. In the 4x100 the crowd gave me a lot of energy and emotion to run fast. I was excited to run and try to put my team in a good position.
“This is the Texas Relays so you focus on the relays. Going into the 100 I wanted to have fun and get a good time. That was a big bonus for me and I ran a great time, so I was proud of myself.”
The Aggie order for the 4x200 went Michael Bryan, Prezel Hardy, Jr., Aldrich Bailey, Jr. and Ameer Webb while the 4x100 went with Webb, Bailey, Bryan and Hardy.
As his teammates built a comfortable lead in the early stages of the 4x200, Webb enjoyed a sizeable advantage taking over the anchor leg duties. In running the No. 4 time on the Aggie all-time list, A&M bettered the field by two and a half seconds as Northwestern State finished second in 1:23.35 with Tennessee third in 1:23.85.
A closer finish in the 4x100 included challenges from Florida, TCU and LSU. Michael Bryan established an edge for the Aggies on the third leg and Hardy sped to the finish to close out the impressive victory in 38.64 seconds, the No. 6 time on the Aggie all-time list. Florida ran 38.99 as runner-up with TCU third in 39.54 and LSU fourth at 39.56.
“I was very excited to come to this track, since it’s a homecoming for me,” said Hardy. “I was ready to come here and show out for my home crowd. Feeding off the victory in the 4x200 I knew we were ready to run fast in the 4x100 as well. We opened the outdoor season with a 38.76, so I knew it was just a matter of getting the sticks together for a win.”
In his third race of the day Webb established an early lead in the 100 and cruised to the finish line to set a career best time that ranks No. 8 on the Aggie all-time list. Webb’s previous PR in the 100 was 10.17. His win is the third A&M victory in the event since 2010 as Gerald Phiri claimed a pair of titles in 2010 and 2011.
Finishing behind Webb in the 100 were Aaron Ernest of LSU (10.18), Brent Lee of Jackson State (10.33), Bryan of A&M (10.34) and Mississippi’s Isiah Young (10.35). Webb’s wind-legal 10.14 overtook a 10.15 run by Jamaica’s Jermaine Hamilton as the world leading mark for 2013.
In equaling the meet record Texas A&M set in 2010, the current Aggie sprint relay won the 4x100 title by over a second with a sizzling 42.56 seconds. Texas finished second in 43.59 while Oregon was third in 43.93. The rest of the field included Florida 44.23, Illinois 44.58, SMU 44.76, Kentucky 44.80 and TCU 45.14 while UCLA was disqualified.
Running a 42.56 the A&M crew of LaKeidra Stewart, Ashton Purvis, Kamaria Brown and Ashley Collier equaled the No. 3 time on the Aggie all-time list. They also recorded the fastest collegiate sprint relay time in the month of March, topping the 42.99 set by LSU last season. Texas A&M has recorded the fastest collegiate times over four months – March (42.56), April (42.56), May (42.49) and June (42.36).
“The exchanges were good and everyone hit their mark,” said Brown. “We didn’t know we would run that fast today. When we did it was exciting to see that we equaled the record.”
Stewart and Brown ran on all three of the Aggie women relays on Saturday as they collected a first (4x1), second (4x2) and third (4x4) finishes.
“It was such a great experience, especially being my senior year,” stated Stewart. “To go out with such a bang was amazing. It’s the fastest 4x100 I’ve ever been on. I didn’t know what we were capable of, but I know I have some tremendous teammates that can run really fast. Once we got everything to click it was great.”
The women’s 4x200 relay had a closer race between the Aggies and Texas. The A&M foursome of Purvis, Ibukun Mayungbe, Olivia Ekpone and Kamaria Brown ran 1:32.62 behind a 1:32.37 for the Longhorns. Both teams had issues with one handoff of the baton, and Brown just missed completing the rally for the Aggies as she chased down Courtney Okolo of Texas.
Collier led a trio of Aggies in the women’s 100m final as she finished second with a windy time of 11.15 while Purvis ran 11.20 for third behind the 11.06 posted by defending winner LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan. A&M’s Jennifer Madu placed fifth in the race with an 11.26.
Finishing the Texas Relays with the 4x400 offered the fans in attendance a pair of thrilling races. The Aggie women finished third with a remarkable 3:28.27, the second fastest time in school history and third best performance, as Florida (3:27.61) held off Texas (3:27.65) for the win. The Aggie relay consisted of Ekpone (53.1), Mayungbe (51.2), Stewart (52.3) and Brown (51.7).
“I’m really happy with our performance in the 4x400,” noted Brown. “Even though we didn’t win, that’s one of our best times. It’s faster than what we ran at NCAAs (3:28.58) last year. It will be exciting as the season progresses to see what we can do.”
A 3:02.76 for the A&M men had them a step away from the victory as Florida won in 3:02.65. Baylor (3:03.90) placed third with LSU (3:05.27) and Kansas (3:08.70) rounding out the top five. The Aggie foursome included Bailey (46.9), Ricky Babineaux (45.7), Carlyle Roudette (45.6) and Deon Lendore (44.6).
Donique’ Flemings finished sixth in a loaded 100 hurdles final with a time of 13.21 (2.1 wind). Clemson’s Brianna Rollins won the race in 12.54 ahead of three other sub 13-second times.
Dalton Rowan returned to one of his favorite venues and produced a mark of 191-9 (58.44) to place eighth in the discus. Rowan, who set three PRs in Myers Stadium last season, placed eighth a year ago at Texas Relays with a 186-1 distance. UCLA’s Julian Wruck set a Texas Relays record in winning the discus with a mark of 216-7 (66.01), bettering the previous record of 211-9 (64.54) set in 1982.