COLLEGE STATION, TX -- Aggie sprinter Ameer Webb received his second Big 12 Athlete of the Week honor this indoor season after sweeping the 60 and 200 meter titles at the Texas A&M Invitational this past weekend.
Webb ran a collegiate-leading time of 20.79 seconds in leading a A&M 1-2-3 sweep of the 200. His time is second fastest among Americans and fourth on the 2012 world list. In the 60 meters Webb ran 6.70 to lead another 1-2-3 sweep of the event for the Aggies. Webb leads the Big 12 with a season best of 6.66 seconds in the shorter sprint.
“I’m very excited with that time,” noted Webb. “I didn’t think I would run that fast. I just wanted to get something better that the 20.9s I had been running. I’m glad it’s the number one time among collegians. I attacked the curve different in that race and made some little adjustments I needed to change from the last meet I ran to make my time faster.
“It was great to sweep the 60 and 200 with my teammates. That’s what Michael, PJ and I look for each time we race the 60 or 200.”
Cross County All-Academic
Texas A&M distance runner Kevin Burnett received Division I All-Academic Cross Country status this past week as the recipients were named by United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have either earned USTFCCCA All-America status or finished in the NCAA region’s top 15 in 2011.
Burnett placed 15th as the fourth A&M runner in the South Central region meet held last November as the Aggies placed second as a team to earn an automatic placement in the NCAA Championship field. Texas A&M went on to place 18th in the NCAA meet, where Burnett finished third among the Aggie runners.
USTFCCCA National Team Rankings
Texas A&M men and women each vaulted into the top five of the national rankings this week and they will be the highest ranked Big 12 teams when they host the conference meet on February 24-25 at Gilliam Indoor.
The Aggie men moved up to No. 3 from its previous of No. 8 and currently following a pair of SEC squads in No. 1 Arkansas and No. 2 Florida. The A&M women are now No. 5, moving up from No. 9, as they follow Oregon, Clemson, LSU and Arkansas.
Included in the men’s top 10 were the following: 4. LSU, 5. Texas, 7. Arizona State, 8. Virginia Tech, 9. Mississippi State, 10. Indiana. Other Big 12 schools in the top 25 include Kansas State (13) and Oklahoma (23).
The women’s top 10 includes: 6. Kansas, 7. Florida, 8. Tennessee, 9. Texas Tech, and 10. Southern Illinois. Other Big 12 schools in the top 25 include Texas (12) and Iowa State (13).