Aggies claim four victories on first day of Baldy Castillo Invitational

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TEMPE, Arizona – Texas A&M registered four victories on the first day of the Baldy Castillo Invitational hosted by Arizona State at Sun Angel Stadium on Friday.

Bettering the field by over 28 seconds, Kelsie Warren produced a career best time of 16:30.07 to win the 5,000m race with teammate Ashley Driscoll placing third in 17:04.02. Georgia Porter ran 16:58.95 as runner-up.

“I’m thrilled, words can’t describe it,” said Warren. “We had beautiful conditions tonight, so I knew going into the race I had the opportunity to do something good. The goal is to stay positive and capitalize on the opportunity.

“Before we started Coach McRaven said just smile. That’s what I’ve been trying to do, just enjoy the ride. We’re so blessed to be here.”

Warren remains the No. 8 performer on the Aggie all-time list as she improved her previous outdoor best of 16:39.20 from the 2017 SEC Championships as well as her indoor best of 16:36.05 from the 2019 SEC meet.

Jacob Perry led the Texas A&M crew in the men’s 5,000m with a 14:35.45 victory, edging out Jackson Neff (14:35.96). Aggie teammates Jon Bishop (14:42.01) and Brandt Preston (14:47.10) finished third and fifth among the field of 22 runners.

Madalaine Stulce opened her season with a throw of 173-3 (52.82) to claim the javelin title with Arizona State’s Jessica Barreira runner-up with a 165-6 (50.46). The series for Stulce included marks of 156-10 (47.81), 173-3 (52.82), 164-0 (50.00), 159-6 (48.63), 170-5 (51.94) and 167-10 (51.17).

Also competing in the javelin for Texas A&M were Natalie Scheifele (141-2|43.03), Celine Markert (129-0|39.32) and Tyra Gittens (126-10|38.66) as they finished 8th, 13th and 15th.

In the 100m hurdles, the Aggies swept the top three places with a trio of Gabrielle McDonald (13.51), Chinyere Njoku (13.66) and Kennedy Smith (13.74). With a 0.4 tailwind, Smith set a career best as she bettered the 13.85 she ran last season. A time of 14.38 in the 110m hurdles placed Tyler Guillory fifth.

Hannah Campbell led the A&M crew in the women’s 1,500m as she clocked 4:29.37 for fourth place, finishing as the second best collegian in the race. Valarie Bradley (4:40.86) and Laura Fairchild (4:44.44) placed 12th and 13th, respectively in the section and finished 17th and 20th overall.

Wes McPhail placed ninth in the first section of the men’s 1,500m with time of 3:57.72 while Taylor Clayton posted a 3:59.16 for 11th. Overall, the pair finished 18th and 22nd among a field of 30.

Josh Brown and KJ Grimes both produced marks in the hammer throw to move onto the Aggie all-time list as they placed 14th and 16th amid a field of 20 throwers. Brown hit a mark of 170-1 (51.85), moving to No. 7 on the A&M all-time list, while Grimes had a toss of 162-2 (49.43), No. 10 on the A&M all-time list.

In the women’s hammer, Market placed 11th with a mark of 172-2 (52.48). Decathlete Nathan Hite threw the shot put 46-4 ¾ (14.14) to place 14th and tossed the discus 137-0 (41.77) to place third in the B division.