TEMPE, Arizona – A handful of events in the Baldy Castillo Invitational hosted by Arizona State were contested Friday evening with the Aggies faring quite well and winning a pair of events, the steeplechase and discus.
In the 2,000-meter steeplechase the Aggies produced a 1-2-4 finish with the trio of C.J. Brown (5:54.33), Stephen Curry (5:54.83) and Isaac Spencer (5:56.60). Brown and Spencer made their debut in the barrier event, joining Curry, who placed fifth in the Big 12 Championships last season in the 3,000-meter race.
Brown, who led the field at a couple of different stages of the race, and Curry both passed Domenic D’Acquisto after the final water jump when all three collided and nearly fell.
Throwing events had a trio of Aggies in the men’s discus, where Dalton Rowan won the event as he turned in a mark of 180-1 (54.90). Ben Skrla finished fifth with a toss of 161-7 (49.25) while javelin thrower Sam Humphreys placed seventh with an effort of 157-9 (48.08).
Rowan, a freshman, put together a solid series of throws - 172-11, 180-1, 168-3, 173-11, 177-6, 172-7 – as he withstood the challenge of Manhattan’s Colin Quirke, who placed second with a 178-6 (54.40) toss.
MacLean O’Donnell set a career best time of 3:46.49 as runner-up in the 1,500 meters, moving to No. 5 on the A&M all-time list. Teammates Colin Slattery and Kevin Burnett followed in sixth and seventh place with times of 3:53.00 and 3:53.46.
Saturday’s action at the Baldy Castillo Invitational starts at 12:30 p.m. (CT) and will conclude around 6:30 p.m. (CT). Texas A&M will have 10 throwers in the javelin competition, three men and seven women. Aggie 400 hurdlers also get their first opportunity of the outdoor season.
In the men’s hammer Casey Strong placed sixth with a mark of 189-2 (57.66) while Landon Hartwick improved his career best to 178-11 (54.54) to finish ninth. Hartwick remains at No. 5 on the A&M all-time list while Strong recorded the ninth-best performance in an event where he holds the school record.
In the women’s 1,500 the Aggie combo of Itzel Cetina (4:41.78) and Hillary Montgomery (4:45.94) placed third and fourth.