AUSTIN – A school record in the javelin and a pair of surprises highlighted the final day of the NCAA West preliminary rounds for Texas A&M at Myers Stadium on Saturday. One hiccup involved the men’s sprint relay as the Aggies qualified 15 more entries and three of four relays for the NCAA Championships in Eugene.
In total No. 2 Texas A&M will have 30 athletes at Hayward Field involved in 21 events among its 36 entries. The breakdown includes 17 athletes for the men in 12 events with 20 entries while the women have 13 athletes in nine events with 16 entries.
Sam Humphreys broke his own school record with a javelin toss that measured 268 feet, 8 inches (81.90) in posting the top mark at the NCAA West preliminary round. The effort by Humphreys topped his school record of 268-7 (81.86) that he threw to win the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer.
“I really only wanted to do the one-and-done, but I messed up on my first throw,” noted Humphreys. “I felt good today and wasn’t expecting that far of a throw. I’m just elated to be going to nationals for a fourth consecutive year. Now I’ll have to see what I can at nationals.
“The first throw slipped out of my hands. I knew I just had to throw what I’ve been throwing this season and not worry about what place I get. I hit it nice, but I thought it was a bad throw since I didn’t like the way it felt. It just carried out there. I guess the wind kept pushing it.”
Humphreys moves to No. 7 on the all-time collegiate list and is the fourth best American collegian as he remains undefeated in his senior campaign. Humphreys has been the U.S. and collegian leader in 2013 since opening with a 267-1 (81.40) in mid-March at the Arizona State Baldy Castillo Invitational.
Joining Humphreys in advancing to Eugene is teammate Devin Bogert, who neared his season best with a 231-5 (70.55) to place ninth.
Humphreys topped the field of 48 throwers by 10 feet, 8 inches as two-time defending NCAA champion Tim Glover followed with a 258-0 (78.65) while Oregon’s Sam Crouser was third with a 257-8 (78.53). Humphreys mark is also No. 15 on the current world list in 2013.
“I’ve never been undefeated this late into the season at any point in my career,” said Humphreys.HuhAH “Let’s just hope it keeps going all the way through nationals. It will be an ideal finish if I can place higher than what I did last year. Getting first place is definitely on my mind right now.”
A surprise finish for the Aggies came in the men’s triple jump as Dave Brown won the event with a leap of 53-0 (16.15). He entered the meet with a season and career best of 50-9.5 (15.48). In the prelims Brown had a best of 51-8.25 (15.75) from his flight, placing him eighth going into the final three rounds.
After falling back to ninth place, Brown’s big leap vaulted him into first place and is equal to the No. 6 mark on the Aggie all-time list as he matched the mark set in 2005 by Andrew Gamble.
Another pleasant surprise came in the women’s javelin as Kendall Munoz threw a career best of 155-7 (47.43) in the second round to qualify for the finals out of flight two. She was one of three freshmen to accomplish that feat. After the final three rounds Munoz became one of eight freshmen to make the 12-thrower field from the NCAA West meet.
With five triple jumpers in the field the Aggie women advanced LaQue Moen-Davis and Jennifer Madu to the NCAA Championships as they finished third and ninth. Moen-Davis, who already qualified for a trip to Eugene in the long jump, hit a mark of 43-10.5 (13.37) while Madu produced a windy mark of 42-8 (13.00w).
Other jumpers in the event for A&M included Melissa Mays, who placed 19th with a 41-5 (12.62), Jordan Wilson, who finished 26th with a windy 41-0.25 (12.50w), and Haley Gooch, who was 28th with a 40-9.75 (12.44).
In the 4x100 relays the Aggie women eased through to Eugene while the A&M men had difficulties with the final exchange due to obstruction from another team. Following a protest and video review the disqualification for passing out of the zone was upheld.
The Texas A&M women, stationed in lane one, cruised to a 43.68 clocking to win the heat and post the second fastest time as Kansas won the final heat in 43.56. Running for A&M were LaKeidra Stewart, Ashton Purvis, Kamaria Brown and Jennifer Madu.
Also advancing are Oregon (44.31), Texas (43.96), USC (44.38), Nevada (44.56), Houston (44.40), TCU (44.68), Arizona (44.75), UNLV (44.79), Texas Tech (44.92) and Baylor (44.95).
Donique’ Flemings and Wayne Davis II each had impressive heat victories in the sprint hurdles to qualify for the NCAA semifinals in Eugene.
In the 100 hurdles Flemings clocked 13.08 (1.6 wind) to defeat UTEP’s Janice Jackson (13.18). The top time in the 100 hurdles was 13.06 run by Brea Buchanan of UCLA and Sharika Nelvis of Arkansas State.
Davis, meanwhile, produced the fastest collegiate time this season under any conditions with a 13.27 (2.1 wind). The next best time was Oregon’s Johnathan Cabral with a 13.47 while Ray Stewart of California had the third best time at 13.65. Davis blasted out of the blocks and bettered his heat by a solid margin as a 13.64 by Keiron Stewart of Texas placed second.
The 200 had six Aggies advancing with top three finishes for all six, three for the women and three for the men.
For the women Kamaria Brown rolled to a 22.73 (1.2 wind) heat win with Ashton Purvis in third with a 23.55. Then Olivia Ekpone charged to the finish to claim her heat in 23.17 over Texas Tech’s Cierra White (23.28). Brown’s time was the top time with a 22.93 from Paris Daniels of Kansas second best.
Prezel Hardy, Jr. placed third in the first men’s 200 heat w9ith a 20.78. In the third heat Ameer Webb cruised to a 20.39 victory with Michael Bryan taking second in 20.91. Jermaine Davis finished seventh in another heat, running 21.63. Webb, Hardy and Bryan qualified for the NCAA semifinals in both the 100 and 200.
Henry Lelei advanced in another event as he won his 5,000 heat in 14:11.52. He moved from 11th to 4th on the second to last lap and then charged to the finish line for the win, completing his last 1000m with a split of 2:28.4. Finishing second in 14:11.95 was Oklahoma State’s Kirubei Erassa.
Closing out the meet with the 4x400 relays the Aggies advanced both squads. The women were second in their heat with a 3:31.61 behind the 3:28.92 posted by Arkansas. Running for A&M were Ekpone (53.7), Ibukun Mayungbe (52.4), Stewart (53.3) and Brown (52.2).
The Aggie men cruised to a 3:02.55 victory in the first heat of the 4x400 relays with Oregon second in 3:04.16, and Kansas third in 3:04.93. The A&M foursome included Ricky Babineaux (47.5), Aldrich Bailey, Jr. (45.0), Carlyle Roudette (45.5) and Deon Lendore (44.5).
NCAA Championships – Eugene, Oregon – June 5-8
Texas A&M qualifiers (bold are qualifiers from Saturday)
MEN (17 athletes, 12 events, 20 entries)
100: Ameer Webb, senior; Prezel Hardy, Jr., junior; Michael Bryan, junior
200: Ameer Webb, senior; Prezel Hardy, Jr., junior; Michael Bryan, junior
400: Deon Lendore, sophomore; Ricky Babineaux, senior
800: Hector Hernandez, freshman; Josh Hernandez, sophomore
5000: Henry Lelei, senior
110H: Wayne Davis II, junior
400H: Greg Coleman, sophomore
Steeplechase: Henry Lelei, senior; Isaac Spencer, sophomore
4x400: Ricky Babineaux, senior; Aldrich Bailey, Jr., freshman; Carlyle Roudette, junior; Deon Lendore, sophomore
TJ: Dave Brown, junior
Discus: Dalton Rowan, sophomore
Javelin: Sam Humphreys, senior; Devin Bogert, sophomore
WOMEN (13 athletes, 9 events, 16 entries)
100: Olivia Ekpone, sophomore; Jennifer Madu, freshman; Ashley Collier, junior; Ashton Purvis, sophomore
200: Kamaria Brown, sophomore; Ashton Purvis, sophomore; Olivia Ekpone, sophomore
100H: Donique’ Flemings, senior
4x100: LaKeidra Stewart, senior; Ashton Purvis, sophomore; Kamaria Brown, sophomore; Jennifer Madu, freshman
4x400: Olivia Ekpone, sophomore; Ibukun Mayungbe, junior; LaKeidra Stewart, senior; Kamaria Brown, sophomore
LJ: LaQue Moen-Davis, freshman
TJ: LaQue Moen-Davis, freshman; Jennifer Madu, freshman
Javelin: Kendall Munoz, freshman
Hept: Jena Hemann, sophomore; Annie Kunz, sophomore