Aggies host Arizona State, Baylor and Texas in Quadrangular on Saturday

Published: Jan. 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM CST
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In hosting the Texas A&M Quadrangular on Saturday the Aggies will compete against Arizona State, Baylor and Texas in a scored meet, utilizing a dual-meet scoring system.

Finals will start at 1:30 p.m. and coverage of the meet will be available on the SEC Network +. Field events and prelims begin at noon. Two individuals per team will score while one relay per school will score. Individual scoring will following a 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 format while relay scoring is 9-7-6-5.

Dual meet rankings for the 2018 indoor season were released by Track & Field News this week. The Aggie women are ranked No. 1 in the nation while the men are No. 5. Texas and Baylor are ranked among the women’s teams at No. 21 and No. 22, respectively, while the Longhorn men are No. 19.

Prior to having a seven-team Invitational on this weekend last year, Texas A&M had hosted four dual, two triangular, and a pair of quadrangular meets from 2009 to 2016. Over that span, the Aggie men compiled a 14-0 dual meet record while the women are 11-3.

“The teams competing here this weekend make for a good mix,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “The schools traditionally always have great track programs. Putting us four in the same building, I think it will turn out good for everybody involved. It’s a good environment in almost every event.

“We also keep a team score, so somebody is going to win this thing. Scoring a meet here has always been important to us. It will take a good effort out of everybody to be able to win this kind of meet.

Someone needs to walk out of the building as the winner and somebody has to walk out finishing second, third or fourth.”

The women’s 800m will feature Jazmine Fray, the indoor collegiate record holder at 2:00.69, along with teammates Brittany Parker and Jean Jenkins, who rank eighth and 10th on the Aggie all-time list. After setting the collegiate record in Clemson last year, Fray won the SEC title and placed fourth in the NCAA Championships.

“I’m excited to run the 800m this weekend,” noted Fray. “My coaches believe in me and are excited to see what I can do, even running the event for the first time this season. This is a great meet to see what we can do against some really good schools. Every week we want to get better.”

Mylik Kerley, who placed third in the NCAA Indoor 400m at Gilliam last March, races in the quarter for the first time this season along with teammates Richard Rose and Robert Grant. In the short sprints Baylor’s Maxwell Wills will be favored in the 60 and 200 meters as he is challenged by the Aggie pair of Will Williams (60m) and Jace Comick (60m, 200m).

“I’m ready for it and prepared to go,” said Kerley. “With the training we are doing right now, almost everybody is improving. From a team aspect everybody is getting better. It tells me I need to step up my game.

“Our team is ready to go and it’s nice to have some other teams here that can run with us. We’re preparing for this week the best way we know how.”

2016 NCAA Indoor champion Teahna Daniels of Texas headlines the women’s 60m field as she will see a challenge from the Texas A&M pair of Amber Ivy and Brenessa Thompson. In the 200m, Diamond Spaulding, Danyel White and Thompson will face a field that includes Daniels along with a Baylor duo of Taylor Bennett and Kiana Horton.

Aggies JaQwae Ellison and Efrain Hernandez race in the 800m, where they should have a good race against Sam Worley of Texas. In the mile, Texas A&M’s Alex Riba faces Alex Rogers of Texas.

Maggie Ewen of Arizona State, a Bowerman finalist in 2017, will be favored in the shot put and weight throw. Ewen bettered the meet record with shot put win of 55-11 ¼ (17.05) last season and could challenge the weight throw meet record of 69-7 ½ (21.22) established by Aggie Brea Garrett in 2015.

Aggie vaulter Audie Wyatt, a NCAA Indoor runner-up in 2017, returns as the meet record holder in the pole vault. Teammate Jacob Wooten has won the event during the first two meets Texas A&M has hosted this indoor season. Will Williams, a NCAA Indoor silver medalist in 2017, headlines the long jump.

Freshmen Gabe Oladipo of Texas A&M and Longhorn Adrian Piperi continue their rivalry in the throwing events from their high school days. Each claimed a Texas state title in 2017 with Piperi (The Woodlands) winning the Class 6A shot put and Oladipo (Ft. Bend Hightower) winning the Class 6A discus as each earned a silver medal in the event they didn’t win.

Aggie alums scheduled to compete in Olympic development events include Deon Lendore (200m), Shamier Little (400m), Donavan Brazier (400m), Olivia Ekpone (60m, 400m), Michael Bryan (60m) and Kanika Beckles (400m).

2018 Indoor Dual Meet Rankings – Men

1. Tennessee

2. Indiana

3. Ohio State

4. Kansas

5. Texas A&M

6. Minnesota

7. BYU

8. Navy

9. Wichita State

10. Kansas State

11. Akron

12. Colorado State

13. Illinois State

14. Arkansas

15. Nebraska

16. Kent State

17. Princeton

18. Air Force

19. Texas

20. Army

2018 Indoor Dual Meet Rankings – Women

1. Texas A&M

2. Tennessee

3. Minnesota

4. Kansas State

5. Indiana

6. Ohio State

7. Wisconsin

8. Arkansas

9. North Carolina

10. Kansas

11. Indiana State

12. Colorado State

13. BYU

14. Duke

15. Illinois State

16. Nebraska

17. NC State

18. Dartmouth

19. East Carolina

20. Michigan

21. Texas

22. Baylor