COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M track and field head coach Pat Henry was named coach on the Silver Anniversary team for the NCAA Indoor Championships among selections made by United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
Selection to the Silver Anniversary team is based on performances at the NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships. The team consists of the outstanding individuals in each event as well as the top coach and most successful school over the past 25 years.
Henry won 10 NCAA indoor championships at LSU, including five in a row from 1993-97. His teams also finished second twice. Henry’s 1989 national championship team had four individual winners. Last year, he was named the Silver Anniversary coach for NCAA Outdoor track and field.
LSU was also chosen as the top program on the Silver Anniversary team as the Tigers have claimed 11 NCAA Indoor titles, nearly twice as many as the next-best team. LSU athletes have won 29 individual NCAA Indoor titles along with five relay titles.
Currently in his third season at Texas A&M, Henry and his coaching staff led the Aggie women to its first-ever conference title when A&M claimed the 2007 Big 12 Indoor Championship. The Aggie women will also be in contention for its first-ever outdoor title next weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska.
A&M Signing Class State Bound
The in-state athletes who were part of the Texas A&M signing class for the 2007 season recently competed in regional meets where the top two finishers in each event advance to the Texas State meet on the weekend of May 11-12 in Austin.
Following is a listing of how the future Aggies fared in regional competition. Eight of the 12 signees advanced to the Texas State meet and will contest a total of 13 events. One other A&M signee, Bryan Miller, will compete in the Southwest Preparatory Conference Championships this weekend.
Region I – Tyron Stewart (Cedar Hill) established a region record with his winning mark of 51-8.5, which is currently the top mark in Texas and second in the nation. Stewart won the Region I title by four-and-half feet and bettered the previous Region I-5A record of 50-8.5 set in 2001.
Region II – April Williams (Dallas Skyline) won the 100 hurdles in 13.71 and the 300 hurdles in 41.91, which currently ranks fourth in the nation. In addition to her individual events, Williams was part of Skyline’s runner-up 4 x 100 (46.41, anchor leg).
Kasey McNorton (Plano West) placed third in the 3,200 (11:12.48), just missing a berth to the State meet. She also ran the third leg on the 1,600-meter relay during prelims.
Josh Litos (Georgetown) placed fifth in the 3,200 (9:45.15) and finished ninth in the 1,600.
Region III – Ryan Snapp (Kingwood) claimed double gold in the regional as he won the 1,600 (4:21.24) after winning the 3,200 in 9:33.07, two seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Maximo Mendoza (Pearland) placed fifth in the 3,200 (9:47.30) behind Snapp.
Region IV – Emalie Humphreys (Laredo Alexander) advanced to the State meet in two events as she won the shot put (41-9) and discus (127-6). Humphreys claimed the shot put by an inch and enjoyed a three-foot cushion in the discus.
Melvin Echard (Smithson Valley) advanced to State in the high jump (6-6) and triple jump (46-10). Echard placed first in the triple jump by nearly five inches. He claimed second in the high jump on fewer misses as the top three places in the San Antonio regional all achieved the same height. Echard also ran the hurdles, placing third in the 110 hurdles (14.45).
Region II – Tiffany Peters (Mesquite Poteet) won the triple jump with a mark of 40-0w.
She also placed third in the long jump with a 17-7 effort and tied for fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 5-0.
Graham Northcutt (Sulphur Springs) was just edged out for first place in the 1,600 by 0.04 of a second with his runner-up time of 4:21.13. Northcutt added a fourth-place effort in the 3,200 (9:41.34).
Region III – Laura Asimakis (Friendswood) repeated as the pole vault winner on the regional level with a clearance of 11-6. Asimakis also placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (46.98).
Vincent Scillitani (Foster) placed sixth in the long jump (22-3.5) after suffering an injury in the prelims of the 100 meters.
Bryan Miller (Episcopal) recorded winning times of 21.49 and 47.93 during meets in April. He will attempt to defend State SPC titles in the 200 and 400 meters this coming weekend.
Penn Relays Recap
The school record effort by the Aggie women in the 4 x 200 relay also made Texas A&M the No. 6 school in the event on the all-time collegiate list. The Aggies ran 1:32.06 to break the school record of 1:34.37 they set in the qualifying round at Penn, which bettered the 17-year-old mark of 1:38.61 set in 1990.
Following is a list of the top 10 marks per school in the 800-meter relay:
1:29.78 LSU 2003
1:30.67 Texas 2003
1:30.73 South Carolina 2003
1:31.83 Tennessee 2005
1:31.96 Texas Southern 1989
1:32.06 Texas A&M 2006
1:32.42 Auburn 2003
1:32.51 Alabama 1993
1:32.57 Florida 1998
1:32.77 Stanford 2006
Upcoming: Big 12 Championships
While taking a week off from competition for finals this week, the Aggie squads continued preparations for the Big 12 Championships, which will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska, from May 11-13.
Texas A&M women, winners of the 2007 indoor conference championship, seek their first-ever outdoor title after improving from 10th place (36 points) in 2005 to a runner-up finish (111.5 points) in 2006. The Aggie men, meanwhile, will attempt to place among the top five after placing sixth the past two years.