Strong Aggie Contingent Competing at USATF Championships

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Three members of the Texas A&M men’s national championship team and five members of the Aggie women’s NCAA runner-up squad will compete in the USATF Championships held this weekend at Drake Stadium. The meet serves as qualification for the IAAF World Championships, which will be held in Moscow, Russia, during mid-August.

In all there will be 19 athletes with ties to the Texas A&M program competing in either the USATF Championships or the USATF Junior Championships. Action begins Wednesday and continues through Sunday.

Current Aggies in the meet include Devin Bogert (javelin), Kamaria Brown (200m), Olivia Ekponé (200m), Donique’ Flemings (100 hurdles), Sam Humphreys (javelin), Jennifer Madu (Junior – 100m, long jump), LaQue Moen-Davis (long jump, triple jump), and Ameer Webb (200m).

Previous members of the A&M program and athletes currently training in College Station who will be competing in Des Moines include Jessica Beard (400m), Ariana Ince (javelin), Porscha Lucas (200m), Aries Merritt (110 hurdles), Curtis Mitchell (200m), Tyron Stewart (long jump), Jeneba Tarmoh (100m, 200m), and Lauryn Williams (100m).

In addition, three incoming Aggie freshmen are competing in the U.S. Junior Championships. They include Lauren Bedrich of Rogers, Texas, as well as a pair of athletes from Illinois – Aaliyah Brown (100m, 200m) and Shamier Little (400, 100 hurdles).

Humphreys and Merritt return as defending champions from the Olympic Trials last summer. Humphreys won the javelin title and was the top ranked U.S. thrower last season while Merritt claimed the Olympic Games gold in the 110 hurdles and later broke the world record with a 12.80 in his final race of the season.

This year Humphreys is undefeated and recently won the NCAA Championship javelin title. He has been the U.S. leader since his opening throw of 267-1 (81.40) in March and improved it to 268-8 (81.90) during the NCAA West meet in late May.

Thursday’s schedule will have eight athletes in action with Madu contesting two U.S. Junior events that day. She will have the prelims and finals of the 100 meters as well as the triple jump. Brown joins Madu in the 100 that day while Bedrich and Little compete in the 100 hurdles.

In the USATF Championship field Moen-Davis will contest the triple jump on Thursday while Ince throws the javelin. The first round of the 100 includes Tarmoh and Williams while Beard runs in the first round of the 400.

Coverage of the USATF Championships will be available on the web and through NBC and ESPN. The times and channels follow:

USATF.TV Webcasting Schedule
2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Junior Track & Field Championships

All times Central:
June 19 Noon to 6:20 p.m.
June 20 10 am to 9:25 p.m.
June 21 10 a.m. to 9:35 p.m. (Only field events from 7-9 p.m.)
June 22 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Only field events from 3-6 p.m.)
June 23 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Only field events from 2-5 p.m.)

Broadcasting Schedule
All times Central. Check Local Listings.
June 21 LIVE 7-9 p.m. on ESPN2
June 22 LIVE 3-4 p.m. on Universal Sports
LIVE 4-6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network
June 23 1-2 p.m. on Universal Sports
LIVE 2-3 p.m. on NBC Sports Network
LIVE 3-5 p.m. on NBC

USATF Championships
Men Events Competition Date
Devin Bogert Javelin Final 2 p.m. (6/23)
Sam Humphreys Javelin Final 2 p.m. (6/23)
Ameer Webb 200 R1 2:40 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:05 p.m. & Final 4:10 p.m. (6/23)

Aries Merritt 110 Hurdles R1 3:10 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:40 p.m. & Final 4:52 p.m. (6/23)
Curtis Mitchell 200 R1 2:40 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:05 p.m. & Final 4:10 p.m. (6/23)
Tyron Stewart Long Jump Final 2:30 p.m. (6/23)

Women Events Competition Date
Kamaria Brown 200 R1 3:35 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:22 p.m. & Final 4:20 p.m. (6/23)
Olivia Ekponé 200 R1 3:35 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:22 p.m. & Final 4:20 p.m. (6/23)
Donique’ Flemings 100 Hurdles R1 5:15 p.m. (6/21), Semi 2:25 p.m. & Final 5:52 p.m. (6/22)
LaQue Moen-Davis LJ, TJ TJ – Final 3 p.m. (6/20), LJ – Final 3:15 p.m. (6/22)

Jessica Beard 400 R1 5:20 p.m. (6/20), Semi 7:36 p.m. (6/21), Final 5:08 p.m. (6/22)
Ariana Ince Javelin Final 6:15 p.m. (6/20)
Porscha Lucas 200 R1 3:35 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:22 p.m. & Final 4:20 p.m. (6/23)
Jeneba Tarmoh 100 R1 6:25 p.m. (6/20), Semi 6:45 & Final 8:42 p.m. (6/21)
200 R1 3:35 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:22 p.m. & Final 4:20 p.m. (6/23)
Lauryn Williams 100 R1 6:25 p.m. (6/20), Semi 6:45 & Final 8:42 p.m. (6/21)

USATF Junior Championships
Women Events Competition Date
Jennifer Madu 100, TJ 100 – 11:50 a.m. & 1:56 p.m. (6/20), TJ – 1 p.m. (6/20)
Incoming freshmen
Lauren Bedrich 100H, 400H 100H - 11:30 a.m. & 1:40 p.m. (6/20), 400H – 3 p.m. (6/21), 1:38 p.m. (6/22)
Aaliyah Brown 100, 200 100 – 11:50 a.m. & 1:56 p.m. (6/20), 200 – 12:20 p.m. & 3:45 p.m. (6/21)
Shamier Little 400, 100H 100H – 11:30 a.m. & 1:40 p.m. (6/20), 400 – 1:55 p.m. (6/21), 1:46 p.m. (6/22)