USC Trojan Invitational offers next challenge for No. 1 & No. 6 Aggies

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LOS ANGELES – Texas A&M’s second week of outdoor action has them visiting USC this weekend for the Trojan Invitational, which also includes BYU, Cal Poly Pomona, Hawaii, Utah, Washington, and Washington State, while a group of Aggie throwers will compete in Arlington at the Bobby Lane Invitational on Saturday.

Following a strong start to the outdoor season at Arizona State last weekend, a few more A&M athletes will be in action at USC for the No. 1 Aggie men and No. 6 A&M women. The Aggies produced eight NCAA outdoor leading marks at the Baldy Castillo Invitational last weekend.

The Trojan Invitational will start on Friday evening for a group of Aggie distance runners as Amanda Jenkins, Grace Fletcher and Hillary Montgomery compete in the 3,000 meters with Ryan Miller in the 5,000.

Saturday’s action begins at 9:25 a.m. (PDT) with the steeplechase followed by a series of field events starting at 10 a.m. (PDT). Live updates throughout the day will be available on Twitter through @aggietrk.

Deon Lendore returns to action in the 400 as he leads a crew of six Aggie quarter-milers entered in the Trojan Invitational. Lendore, the world leader indoors this season with a 45.15, is in the first heat of three along with teammate Aldrich Bailey, Jr.

The second 400 heat includes four A&M entries with Ricky Babineaux, Bralon Taplin, Carlyle Roudette and Hector Hernandez. The Aggies ran an outdoor collegiate leading time of 3:06.44 in the 4 x 400 relay without Lendore in winning the event at Arizona State.

Ashton Purvis, recently named the SEC Runner of the Week, returns to her native state of California and resumes a prep sprint rivalry with USC’s Jessica Davis. They are scheduled to square off in the 100 and 200 meters as well as the 4 x 100 relay.

Purvis won the 100 meters in an U.S. leading 11.35 seconds at the Baldy Castillo Invitational last weekend and handled second leg duties for the A&M 4 x 100 relay that established a world-leading time of 43.31 seconds. Purvis, who broke the Aggie school record in the 200 during the indoor season with a 22.70, will compete in that event for the first time this outdoor season.

Ashley Collier is in the same heat with Purvis in the 100 while Kamaria Brown and Ibukun Mayungbe join Purvis in the same 200 heat.

The men’s 100 will feature an interesting match-up with USC’s Aaron Brown facing the A&M trio of Michael Bryan, Prezel Hardy, Jr. and Ameer Webb. Hardy recently led an Aggie 1-2-3 finish at Arizona State with a time of 10.40 as Webb (10.48) and Bryan (10.49) followed.

In the 4 x 100 relay the Aggie combination of Webb, Bailey, Jr., Bryan and Hardy, Jr., produced a 38.76 victory to claim an early collegiate leading mark.

Webb will also compete in his first 200 meter race since defending his NCAA Indoor title in Fayetteville earlier this month. For the second consecutive year Webb set the world-leading indoor time during the NCAA semifinal, running a 20.37 that broke the A&M school record of 20.38.

Wayne Davis II will aim to lower his strong opener in the 110 hurdles from a week ago when he won at Arizona State with a 13.54 clocking that currently tops the collegiate list and is third best in the world for 2013.

In the 400 hurdles the Aggie tandem of Greg Coleman and Kenneth Minkah will race Reggie Wyatt of USC, who placed third in the NCAA final a year ago and finished sixth at the Olympic Trials. Aikan Graham, who joins his A&M teammates in this event, will run in the second heat.

Field event action for the Aggie men will include Chase Wolfle and Dustin Phillips in the pole vault, Dave Brown in the triple jump, Jonathan Turner in the long jump and Devion Harris in the high jump.

A&M women in field events will have five triple jumpers led by LaQue Moen-Davis and including Jennifer Madu, Haley Gooch, Melissa Mays and Jordan Wilson. Brittany Wooten is in the pole vault, while Jenna Hemann and Annie Kunz contest the long jump.

After running a 2,000-meter steeplechase in Arizona, the A&M crew of C.J. Brown, Stephen Curry, and Isaac Spencer will race in a 3,000-meter steeplechase that includes five runners from BYU and one from Washington.

A majority of the Aggie middle distance group will focus on the 1,500 this weekend with James Bonn, Juan Blanco, MacLean O’Donnell and Colin Slattery racing that distance. In the women’s 1500 Ashley Chamberlain will join Fletcher, Jenkins and Montgomery.


Fresh off setting a school record of 185 feet on her first discus throw for the Aggies, National Athlete of the Week Shelbi Vaughan will compete in the discus and shot put during the Bobby Lane Invitational hosted by UT-Arlington on Saturday.

Vaughan will compete in the shot put first, along with Brea Garrett and Jennifer Edwards, at 1 p.m. (CST). The discus will start at 3:30 p.m. and includes Jill Hydrick along with Vaughan, who is the current U.S. and collegiate leader.

The Aggie women’s javelin crew will begin at 9 a.m. with a foursome of Kendall Munoz, the current SEC leader at 154-0, Krystyn Bradley, Kelly Czumble and Jean Deason. Dalton Rowan and Ben Skrla compete in the men’s discus at 1 p.m. while Casey Strong will contest the shot put at 3:30 p.m.

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