Aggies host final home meet, prepare for SEC Championships

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Aggies host their final home meet of this season in E.B. Cushing Stadium with the Texas A&M Invitational II on Friday, May 3. Field events begin at 5 p.m. while running events start at 6:45 p.m.

Next week the Aggies travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the SEC Championships from May 9-11.

“We are a week out from our conference championships,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “So, this meet gives some people an opportunity to clean up a performance and get themselves better prepared. For the coaching staff, it allows us to make a decision on a couple of people on making the conference team. It won’t be a very big meet, but it will be big enough to get done what we need to get done.”

One event for the Aggies that will include a full A&M crew is in the 100m hurdles. Scheduled to compete are Gabrielle McDonald (13.10w, 13.16), Kennedy Smith (13.22w, 13.33), Chinyere Njoku (13.43w, 13.65) and Taryn Milton (13.36w, 13.91). Career best times and all-condition bests have been set this season by McDonald, Smith and Milton while Njoku has a 13.31 best from a previous season.

In throwing events, Gabe Oladipo will compete in the discus along with decathlete Nathan Hite while the hammer will include KJ Grimes and Hunter Madore. Heptathlete Tyra Gittens will throw the javelin along with Jenna Ellis and Natalie Scheifele while Parker Clay is entered in the shot put.

After setting career best times last weekend, Julia Black and Amelia McElhinney race in the 3,000m steeplechase. Nine Aggies are scheduled to compete in the women’s 1,500m while six A&M runners are entered in the men’s 1,500m. A women’s 3,000m event will include six more Aggies.

Sprints will include Rachel Hall in the 100m and 200m, with Amber Ivy joining her in the 100m while Julia Madubuike and Janie Martin compete in the 200m. Richard Rose and Austin Warren race in the 400m, Roger Ethridge is entered in the 100m while Jake Lanier is scheduled for the 200m

DeWitt Thomas and Tyler Hart take on the challenge of the 400m hurdles while Riley Schneider and Annie Grant seek continued improvement in the women’s 400m hurdles.