BIRMINGHAM – Aggie sprinter Deon Lendore added another weekly honor for his world-leading 45.91 victory in the 400 meters from this past weekend. The SEC selected Lendore as the Men’s Runner of the Week on Tuesday after he received a national award on Monday.
Lendore won the 400 meters handily over LSU’s Caleb Williams (46.98) as well as a couple of teammates in Aldrich Bailey, Jr. (47.28) and Carlyle Roudette (47.38) during the Aggies victory over No. 1 Arkansas at the Texas A&M Triangular. Lendore also anchored the A&M 4 x 400 relay to a narrow win over LSU (3:07.21 to 3:07.74) with a 45.9 split.
A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Lendore also broke the national indoor record of his country in the 400 as he bettered the previous mark of 45.92 set in 1992 by Alvin Daniel.
Other SEC men’s honors went to Ricky Robertson of Ole Miss as the Field Athlete of the Week while Cale Wallace of Arkansas was chosen Freshman of the Week. Women’s Runner of the Week honors were shared by Regina George of Arkansas and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan. Sandi Morris of Arkansas claimed the Field Athlete of the Week while Georgia’s Chanice Porter was selected Freshman of the Week.
Of the six honors awarded weekly by the SEC, four were awarded to athletes who competed in the Texas A&M Triangular.
AGGIE MEN AND WOMEN IMPROVE IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Following the Texas A&M Triangular, the Aggie men and women each improved by a couple of spots in the national team computer rankings released by United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Texas A&M men are now No. 2 in the nation while the Aggie women are No. 4. Arkansas remained the No. 1 men’s team while Clemson retained the No. 1 women’s spot. Both A&M squads improved by over 20 points in the computer rankings, the most of any team listed among the top 25.
This weekend the Aggies will host the Mondo Challenge, which features a pair of teams from the SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12. Texas A&M and Tennessee will represent the SEC, TCU and Texas Tech will team up from the Big 12 while Arizona State and USC represent the Pac-12. The two-day Texas A&M Mondo Challenge will start on Friday evening and conclude on Saturday at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium.
USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings – Jan. 22, 2013
2. Texas A&M
4. Arizona State
12. Penn State
14. Mississippi State
15. Virginia Tech
16. Kansas State
19. NC State
21. Florida State
22. Northern Arizona
24. UT Arlington
4. Texas A&M
9. Iowa State
10. Central Florida
19. Indiana State
20. South Carolina
22. San Diego State
24. Michigan State