National Athlete of the Week honor for Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore

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NEW ORLEANS – Texas A&M sophomore Deon Lendore earned a second National Athlete of the Week honor from the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association following his stellar performance at the SEC Indoor Championships this past weekend, which included winning the 400-meter title and anchoring the Aggies to a SEC meet record in the 4x400 relay.

Lendore entered the meet with a world-leading time of 45.91 seconds and lowered it to 45.15 during the prelims of the SEC 400. He clocked 45.23 to win the event in the final.

The 45.15 ranks Lendore No. 5 on the all-time collegiate list with the No. 6 performance. The 45.23, which is second fastest time in the world this year, equals the No. 8 performance on the all-time collegiate list.

In addition to lowering his own national record for his native Trinidad & Tobago, Lendore broke the Aggie school record of 45.33 set by Demetrius Pinder in winning the NCAA Indoor title in 2011.

To cap off A&M’s first appearance in the SEC Indoor Championships, Lendore moved the Aggies from third to first on the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay while producing a stunning split of 44.50 seconds.

The winning time of 3:04.18 broke the SEC meet record of 3:04.75 set by Florida in 2005. In fact, it was the first time the SEC final had been won with a sub 3:05 since 2005. Texas A&M becomes the fifth fastest school on the all-time collegiate list with the fifth fastest performance.

The Aggie relay crew of Ricky Babineaux, Aldrich Bailey, Jr., Carlyle Roudette and Lendore also broke the school record of 3:04.24 set in 2011 when A&M won the NCAA Indoor title. The previous fastest time the Aggies have run in an indoor conference meet was 3:05.87 at the 2012 Big 12 with Babineaux and Lendore part of that foursome.

COLLEGIATE ALL-TIME LIST (performers and performances)
400 meters
44.57 Kerron Clement (Florida) 2005
44.80 Kirani James (Alabama) 2011
44.93 LaShawn Merritt (East Carolina) 2005
45.03 Torrin Lawrence (Georgia) 2010
45.10 Lawrence 2010
45.15 Deon Lendore (Texas A&M) 2013
45.21 Tony McQuay (Florida) 2011
45.23 Lendore 2013
45.23 Lawrence 2010
45.24 James 2010
45.28 Xavier Carter (LSU) 2006
45.29 Terry Gatson (Arkansas) 2005
45.29 Clement 2005
45.33 Demetrius Pinder (Texas A&M) 2011
45.35 Alleyne Francique (LSU) 2002

4 x 400 Relay
3:03.51 Florida 2005
3:03.76 Arkansas 2012
3:03.96 Baylor 2004
3:04.01 LSU 2006
3:04.18 Texas A&M 2013
3:04.24 Texas A&M 2011
3:04.24 Baylor 2007
3:04.25 Oklahoma 1997
3:04.31 Florida 2013
3:04.32 Oklahoma 1997
3:04.40 Texas A&M 2010
3:04.44 LSU 2001
3:04.46 Oklahoma 1996
3:04.48 Minnesota 2004
3:04.49 Arizona State 2004
3:04.87 TCU 2003
3:04.95 Northern Iowa 2005

USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings
Texas A&M men remained ranked No. 3 in the national computer rankings behind Arkansas and Florida, matching their finish at the SEC Indoor Championships this past weekend. The Aggie women moved up three positions, to No. 6, following a third-place finish at the SEC meet behind Arkansas and LSU.

Following is the updated poll with how teams finished at their respective conference meets.

Men Conference Finish
1. Arkansas 1) SEC
2. Florida 2) SEC
3. Texas A&M 3) SEC
4. Wisconsin 1) Big 10
5. Oregon 2) Mtn Pacific
6. Nebraska 4) Big 10
7. Indiana 6) Big 10
8. Texas Tech 5) Big 12
9. Texas 1) Big 12
10. Penn State 3) Big 10
11. Oklahoma State 7) Big 12
12. Virginia Tech 1) ACC
13. LSU 5) SEC
14. Florida State 2) ACC
15. Arizona 9) Mtn Pacific
16. Arizona State 1) Mtn Pacific
17. Clemson 3) ACC
18. Minnesota 5) Big 10
19. NC State 8) ACC
20. Baylor 4) Big 12
21. Oklahoma 2) Big 12
22. Tulsa 2) Tulsa
23. Mississippi 11) SEC
24. Northern Arizona 1) Big Sky
25. Auburn 6) SEC

Women Conference Finish
1. LSU 2) SEC
2. Oregon 1) Mtn Pacific
3. Kansas 1) Big 12
4. Arkansas 1) SEC
5. Clemson 1) ACC
6. Texas A&M 3) SEC
7. Georgia 5) SEC
8. Illinois 1) Big 10
9. UCF 1) Conf. USA
10. Florida 4) SEC
11. Texas 2) Big 12
12. Arizona State 2) Mtn Pacific
13. Arizona 3) Mtn Pacific
14. Iowa State 3) Big 12
15. South Carolina 6) SEC
16. Dartmouth 5) Ivy League
17. Florida State 2) ACC
18. Indiana State 2) Missouri Valley
19. Stanford 4) Mtn Pacific
20. Wichita State 1) Missouri Valley
21. Michigan 3) Big 10
22. Baylor 4) Big 12
23. Oklahoma 8) Big 12
24. Boston University 7) New Englands
25. Mississippi State 11) SEC




 
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