Aggie men and women claim titles at Texas A&M Invitational

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COLLEGE STATION – Amid windy conditions at E.B. Cushing Stadium, the Aggies claimed both team titles in front of a crowd of 2,296 fans at the Texas A&M Invitational as they produced 14 victories Saturday, adding to the three they opened with on Friday.

The Aggie women generated 273 points to dominate the field. Houston scored 126.25 as runner-up, followed by Texas State (55.75), Arizona State (54.25), UTSA (49), Rice (45), Sam Houston State (39.5), UTEP (38.25), TCU (24.5) and Air Force (16.5).

Texas A&M claimed the men’s title with 189 points with Houston runner-up with 145. The rest of the field included Texas State (74), Air Force (69), UTEP (53), UTSA (41), Sam Houston State (39), Rice (39), TCU (22) and Arizona State (21).

“The wind was horrible tonight and it was cold,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “Our athletes responded really well. I’m extremely pleased with that since we talk about the elements being part of our sport. You’re just not going to have any big time performances on a day like today. It’s just about beating people today. That’s all it’s about.”

With the Aggie men leading Houston by four points, 125-121, with four events remaining, a 1-2-3-4-6 finish for A&M in the 1,500m produced a healthy lead.

“I told the guys look up at the scoreboard,” noted Henry. “You need to understand you can be a difference maker.”

Zephyr Seagraves won the race in 3:59.68 after building a five-second lead 700m into the race. As the field caught up to Seagraves on the last lap, he had enough left to claim the victory over teammates Taylor Clayton (3:59.96), Jon Bishop (3:59.98), Brandt Preston (3:59.99) and Wes McPhail (4:01.59).

Rachel Bernardo won the women’s 1,500m with a strong effort in 4:34.97, just a couple of seconds off her career best of 4:32.55.

Other impressive winning performances in the conditions also included Jaevin Reed in the women’s 400 (54.56), Kyree Johnson the men’s 400 (47.15), Gabrielle McDonald in the women’s 400m hurdles (1:02.65) and DeWitt Thomas in the men’s 400m hurdles (53.09).

Following Reed for an Aggie 1-2-3 sweep in the 400m were Tierra Robinson-Jones (54.75) and Jarra Owens (56.33). Thomas rallied in the late stages of the hurdle race to clip teammate Infinite Tucker (53.20).

Jazmine Fray battled the wind for two laps to claim the 800m in 2:10.79, leading a 1-2-3 sweep with Jean Jenkins (2:12.02) and Brittany Parker (2:12.96) in tow. Devin Dixon had a battle with Michael Rhoads of Air Force in the men’s 800m. Rhoads won in 1:50.38 with Dixon runner-up at 1:51.43.

The Aggie women won the 4x100 in 44.71 with a crew of McDonald, Jania Martin, Amber Ivy, and Diamond Spaulding while the men were runner-up in the sprint relay at 40.59 behind a 40.38 for Houston. A sweep of the 4x400 had the A&M women winning with a 3:45.71 while the men posted a 3:14.99.

White ran a wind-aided 23.17 to win the 200m while Ivy clocked a windy 11.56 to win her section of the 100m and place second overall. Ciynamon Stevenson rode the wind to a winning leap of 43-8 (13.31), matching her career best wind-legal mark. LaJarvia Brown and Kirby Matocha finished 1-2 in the high jump as both cleared 5-7 ¾.

A runner-up finish in the 3,000m steeplechase produced a career best of 11:12.98 for Julia Black as she improved her No. 9 position on the A&M all-time list while Amelia McElhinney placed fifth in a career best of 11:38.96, moving to No. 12 on the Aggie all-time list.

Kennedy Smith placed second in the 100m hurdles with a wind-aided 13.67 as Chinyere Njoku finished fourth in 13.70.

Gabe Oladipo threw the discus 174-6 (53.19) for an Aggie win. Alstian Walker finished second in the triple jump with a windy mark of 49-3 ½. Jace Comick clocked a windy 21.40 for third in the 200.