Sporting a No. 1 ranking this week, the Texas A&M men will contest six relay events at the 118th running of the Penn Relay Carnival held in historic Franklin Field this weekend (April 26-28) while the No. 6 Aggie women compete in three relays.
Among the six relays the A&M men have entered this year they have added the 4 x Mile and distance medley relay to its normal array of the 4 x 100, 4 x 200, 4 x 400 and more recently, the 4 x 800 relay. The three women’s relays the Aggies have entered include the 4 x 100, 4 x 200 and 4 x 400.
Live coverage of the meet is available online for a subscription fee at www.pennrelays.com while TV coverage will be available live on NBC during the USA vs. The World portion of the meet on Saturday, April 28, from noon to 2 p.m. (CT).
Texas A&M is the defending champion in the men’s 4 x 400 relay as their 3:01.73 winning time in 2011 was the fourth fastest time ever at the Penn Relays, trailing only Florida (3:01.10 – 2004), LSU (3:01.39 – 2004) and Florida State (3:01.54 – 2009).
The Aggie women are the defending champions in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays, two events where A&M has combined for seven victories over the past four years – winning four consecutive 4 x 200 titles and three straight 4 x 100 crowns. A dropped baton in the 4 x 400, where the Aggies placed third, prevented a sweep by A&M in those three relays a year ago at the Penn Relays.
In addition to relay events the Aggies also have several individual entries at Penn. Thursday’s field events will have Laura Asimakis and Aly Daily in the pole vault while the evening distance events will feature Stephen Curry and Isaac Spencer in the 3,000-meter steeplechase along with Kevin Burnett and MacLean O’Donnell in the 5,000 meters.
High jumpers Cameron Alexander and Tyler Lee compete on Friday along with Jena Hemann and Chelsea Utley in the women’s high jump and Jonathan Turner is in the long jump. Meanwhile, on the track, prelims will take place for LaKeidra Stewart in the 100 meters along with Donique’ Flemings in the 100 hurdles and Wayne Davis II in the 110 hurdles.
On Saturday, Natosha Rogers will run in the Olympic Development Mile while finals are held in the 100, 100H and 110H. Amid a field of 20 milers, Rogers will be involved in race that features talented pro runners such as Maggie Infield, Nicole Blood, and Molly Beckwith. Collegians in the field include Ashley Verplank of North Carolina, Lindsay Crevoiserat of Connecticut and Penn State’s Rebekka Simko.
Rogers has set nine school records this season while establishing a total of 10 career best marks. Her most recent PR came in the 800 meters where a 2:10.10 placed her fourth at the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational. Rogers earned All-America honors during the indoor season placing seventh in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
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