Track & Field Wins Another Dozen

By: Texas A&M Sports Information
By: Texas A&M Sports Information

Tallahassee, Fla. – Enjoying their time in the Florida sunshine, the Texas A&M track and field team claimed another dozen victories during the second day of the Florida State Relays to total 24 for the weekend.

In the process the Aggies, ranked No. 4 among the women and No. 16 among the men, produced three world-leading times and one world junior leading mark. Multiple meet and facility records at Mike Long Track were altered by A&M as well.

Texas A&M won five of six relays held in the college division on Saturday, winning both 4x1s and 4x4s while also taking the men’s sprint medley. In addition they swept the 100-meter titles as well as the triple jump. Victories were also recorded in the men’s discus and 1,500 along with the women’s 100 hurdles.

The Aggie lowered their current world-leading mark of 43.40 seconds in the women’s 4 x 100 to 43.18 with the crew of Elizabeth Adeoti, Porscha Lucas, Simone Facey and Gabby Mayo. They broke a 24-year-old facility record in the race.

In the men’s 4 x 100, the Aggies turned their NCAA leading 39.66 into a 39.17 world-leading clocking with the foursome of Richard Adu-Bobie, Gerald Phiri, Chris Dykes and Justin Oliver. A&M bettered the previous world leader of 39.22 set by Jamaica.

Florida State, defending champions in the 4 x 100 and two-time defending team champions, finished second to the Aggies with a 39.38.

Lucas also recorded a world-leading time of 11.20 seconds in winning the 100 at FSU. She improved upon her previous career best of 11.42 in the process. Lucas also broke a 24-year-old facility record of 11.27 held by Randy Givens of Florida State and lowered the world best for 2008 from the 11.27 run by Jamaica’s Schillonie Calvert in early March.

Current collegiate leader Tyron Stewart now holds the top triple jump mark on the world junior list as he established a career best of 52-9 ½ (16.09) to finish as the top collegian in the FSU Relays. Stewart added a foot and three inches to his previous PR and bettered the world junior leading mark of 52-3 ¾ (15.94) by Cuba’s Ernesto Reve in February.

Both of A&M’s 4 x 400 relays established collegiate leading times for the 2008 outdoor season.

The women utilized a sterling 50.5 split from Jessica Beard to produce a winning time of 3:35.38 to hold off Florida State’s 3:36.02. Adeoti (55.7) led off the relay for the Aggies with Beard running the second leg as Jennifer Williams (54.7) and Katie Baker (54.5) handled the final two carries.

For the men a strong anchor leg by A.C. Robinson sealed the victory as he split 45.6 on the 3:04.09 winner. Fort Valley State (3:07.38) and Florida State (3:07.54) were well back of A&M at the finish.

Nick Robinson (46.7) handled lead off duties for the Aggies with Justin Oliver (46.1) and Bryan Miller (45.7) filling in the middle exchanges. Texas A&M is currently third on the world list.

Running on the winning sprint medley for the Aggies were Brandon Lowe, Dominique Stafford, Morquise Cleveland and Kevin Ondrasek. They won the race in 3:20.98.

A slew of impressive wins on the day included Gerald Phiri in the 100 (10.25), Ashley McCarty in the triple jump (41-7 ¾ / 12.69), Josh Tiemann in the discus (177-7 / 54.14), Nick Toohey in the 1,500 (3:56.71), and Jennifer Williams in the 100 hurdles (13.59).

Texas A&M returns to Austin next week for the 81st running of the Texas Relays, which starts on Wednesday and concludes on Saturday.

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