Aggies able to run The Reveille at E.B. Cushing Stadium

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M hosted The Reveille on Saturday at the new E.B. Cushing Stadium. It was the first outdoor track meet run on the Texas A&M campus in 15 years.

The meet wrapped up late Saturday night after being forced to sit through a two hour and 45 minute weather delay during the early part of the evening.

The Texas A&M men won the meet with 183 points. Texas Tech finished second with 163 points. Texas was third with 100 points. The Aggie women were winners as well topping the field with 186.5 points. Texas was second with 133 points. Texas Tech finished third with 108 points.

The Aggies will return to action at E.B. Cushing Stadium Friday for day 1 on the Texas A&M Invitational. The meet will wrap up on Saturday.

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Texas A&M opened E.B. Cushing Stadium with 13 victories in The Reveille to sweep the team titles Saturday in front of 2,269 fans amid a two hour, 45 minute lightning delay.

Texas A&M men totaled 183 points while the women accumulated 186.5. Texas Tech, ranked No. 1 in the USTFCCCA national team rating index, scored 163 points as runner-up in the men’s field followed by Texas (100), Illinois (99), Baylor (67), and Oklahoma (50). Texas women finished second with 133 points and were followed by Texas Tech (108), Arkansas (99), Baylor (74), Oklahoma (55.5) and Illinois (37).

“First we were blessed today with a tremendous dedication for the building this morning,” noted Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “Then on the track our athletes lined up in adverse conditions, and then had to sit around during the delay. Our people came out and competed very well.”

Syaira Richardson lowered her career best in the 400m to 51.87 in dominating the field and lowering her previous best of 52.21 as she remained No. 8 on the Aggie all-time list. Richardson defeated a field that included Morgan Burks Magee of Arkansas (53.27), Baylor’s Victoria Powell (53.31) and Serenity Douglas of Texas (53.94).

“It’s happening in training for Syaira as she does the things I ask her to do,” said Henry. “We’re running some intervals in training where she is showing me she is ready to run even faster. Syaira needs great competition to run faster. Tonight that race was hers from the start.”

Devin Dixon edged out Jonathan Jones of Texas in the men’s 400m by a slim margin, 45.87 to 45.95. In the 800m Carlton Orange rallied on the home stretch to snare the victory in 1:48.48 over the Texas Tech duo of Vincent Crisp (1:49.10) and Jonah Koech (1:49.15).

Javelin throwers earned the Aggies first pair of victories at The Reveille as seniors Sam Hardin and Maddy Stulce won their respective events.

Hardin hit a season best mark of 239-9 (73.09) for the men’s win while Stulce produced a winning mark of 174-7 (53.22) as five of her six marks were better than 162-5 (49.52). Aggies finishing behind Stulce with career best efforts included Celine Markert in third with a 154-9 (47.18) and Jenna Ellis in fourth place with a 146-10 (44.77). Nick Mirabelli placed fourth in the men’s javelin at 227-9 (69.42) with William Petersson fifth at 226-7 (69.06).

The Aggie men claimed the 4x100 relay in 40.17 while the A&M women were runner-up in 44.27. In the 4x400, Texas A&M won both races with times of 3:34.28 and 3:04.63.

In the women’s 4x400 the crew included Jarra Owens (54.1), Jaevin Reed (52.1), Jania Martin (54.27) and Tierra Robinson-Jones (53.69) as they defeated Arkansas (3:39.68).

The men’s foursome had Bryce Deadmon (47.1), Kyree Johnson (45.6), Devin Dixon (45.64), and Robert Grant (46.27) as they topped Baylor (3:04.63) and Texas Tech (3:07.20).

Zephyr Seagraves clocked 9:03.01 in winning the 3,000m steeplechase to earn the first individual victory by an Aggie on the Cushing track. Robin Nool cleared 16-10 ¾ in the pole vault and Alstian Walker led an Aggie 1-2 as he won the triple jump with a 49-6 ¼.

Tyra Gittens battled Zarriea Willis of Texas Tech in the high jump. Gittens cleared 5-11 ¼ (1.81) on her third attempt while Willis missed all three attempts. Gittens attempted 6-2 (1.88) but missed all three tries. Wills, who cleared 5-10 (1.78) as runner-up, led Gittens before the 5-11 ¼ height with first attempt clearances of the three previous heights.

Ciynamon Stevenson led an A&M 1-2 finish in the women’s triple jump as she and LaJarvia Brown both registered marks of 42-11 ¾ (13.10). Stevenson earned the victory based on a better second jump than her teammate.

The women’s steeplechase produced three marks on the Aggie all-time list with Ashton Hutcherson leading the way in second place as her 10:41.72 ranks as the No. 10 performance. Hutcherson now has six of the top 10 performances. Julia Black ran 11:25.58 for seventh while Michala Janssen clocked 11:34.14 for eighth as they moved to No. 9 and No. 10 performers on the A&M all-time list.

Gabrielle McDonald sped to a career best of 13.16 for third in the 100m hurdles, No. 9 on the Aggie all-time list, while Kennedy Smith won her section in a career best of 13.55 to place sixth overall. McDonald later finished third in the 400m hurdles with a 59.48.

Ilolo Izu placed second in the men’s 400m hurdles at 51.05. Other runner-up performances included Jon Bishop in the 1,500 (3:52.65), Brittany Parker in the 800 (2:08.59) and Josh Brown in the discus (171-3).