Nationally-ranked Aggies sweep team titles at A&M 12-Team Invitational

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M combined for a dozen victories as they swept team titles during the 12-Team Invitational they hosted in front of 2,534 fans inside the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on Saturday.

The No. 4 Aggie men totaled 111.5 points of six victories to outscore the field that include Baylor (83), Stephen F. Austin (67), Texas-Arlington (62), Houston (56.5), UTSA (48), Rice (33), Sam Houston State (3), Prairie View A&M (32), Texas State (26), North Texas (18) and Texas Southern (14).

Prezel Hardy Jr. led the A&M effort with a pair of victories, claiming the 60 meters in 6.64 and then breaking the meet record in the 200 meters with a blistering career best time of 20.78. Casey Strong improved his school record in the weight throw once again, and this time his victory included a meet record with his 64-3.75 effort.

Among six victories the No. 6 Aggie women totaled 145 points to better a field that included Baylor (108), Houston (57), Texas-Arlington (50), Rice (43), Texas State (42), UTSA (35), Stephen F. Austin (31), North Texas (28), Prairie View A&M (23), and Sam Houston State (18).

A&M freshman LaQue Moen-Davis produced the second best long jump in Aggie history with her winning leap of 20-11.25. Jennifer Madu claimed a second victory over 60 meters this indoor season with a time of 7.44 seconds while Kamaria Brown led an Aggie 1st through 9th finish in the 200 with a 23.57 win. Only the top three finishers per school scored in the meet.

Texas A&M capped the meet winning each of the three relay races they contested. In the men’s 4 x 400 A&M broke the meet record with a convincing 3:06.25 behind the efforts of Carlyle Roudette (47.3), Deon Lendore (45.4), Ricky Babineaux (46.8) and Aldrich Bailey Jr. (46.7). Houston placed second in 3:09.83 while Baylor place third in 3:11.77.

Henry Lelei led the Aggies to a meet record in the distance medley relay as he ran the opening leg of 1200 meters in 3:20.8. C.J. Brown ran the 1600 in 4:10.9 to anchor the winning effort as A&M clocked 9:57.03 while Nick Rollo (49.9) and Colin Slattery (1:53.4) handled the 400 and 800 legs.
In the women’s 4 x 400 relay the Aggie women held off the challenge from Baylor for a 3:43.19 to 3:43.31 victory. The A&M crew included Kanika Beckles, Donique’ Flemings, Olivia Ekponé, and Brown.
Other Aggie wins included Sophie Blake (4:57.77) in the mile, Raul Ramirez (2:29.43) in the 1000, and Aliese Hyde (2:16.01) in the 800.

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