TEMPE, Arizona – Texas A&M opens the outdoor season with the Baldy Castillo Invitational hosted by Arizona State this Friday and Saturday at Sun Angel Stadium.
The Aggies will be part of a field that includes Barton County, Cal State Fullerton, Iowa, Long Beach State, Mesa, North Dakota State, Northern Arizona, Paradise Valley and UCLA. Results will be available through http://www.finishedresults.com.
Friday field events, starting at 11:30 a.m. (PT), include men’s and women’s hammer, women’s javelin, and men’s shot put. Track events on Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m., include the 100/110 hurdles, 1,500m and 5,000m. On Saturday field events start at 11 a.m. with running events beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Three Aggies scheduled to return to action include Tyra Gittens, Sam Hardin and Bobby Grant. Gittens, who missed the recent indoor season, is entered in three events this weekend – high jump, shot put, and javelin. Hardin, who will contest the men’s javelin, set a career best of 240-10 (73.42) in producing a victory at this meet a year ago. Grant, who last competed on the A&M world record 4x400 relay during the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships, is scheduled to run on a 4x400 relay this weekend.
Recent Aggie field event medalists at the NCAA Indoor meet in Birmingham will roll into the outdoor season this weekend.
Long jump silver medalist Deborah Aquah headlines the long jump field at Arizona State and is joined by teammate Taryn Milton. Aquah is also schedule to compete in the triple jump for the first time this season with LaJarvia Brown.
Jacob Wooten, who improved his school record in the pole vault by clearing 18-9 ½ (5.73) for bronze at NCAA Indoor, will be part of a pole vault field that includes Aggie grad Audie Wyatt along with current teammates Logan Freeman, Carl Johansson and Robin Nool.
Madalaine Stulce, the 2018 SEC silver medalist, is the top entrant in the women’s javelin. In addition to Gittens, other Aggies in the field include Celine Markert and Natalie Scheifele. Markert, who has previously competed in the shot put, discus, weight throw and hammer during her A&M career, adds the javelin to her throwing collection.
After setting a school record in the weight throw in his first season competing in the event, Gabe Oladipo will return to the shot put and discus outdoors this weekend. Last season Oladipo produced a career best of 186-6 (56.84) in the discus and won the U.S. Junior title with a lighter implement with a toss of 200-7 (61.15) to defend his title.
Also scheduled to compete in the shot put and discus at the Baldy Castillo Invitational is Payton Otterdahl of North Dakota State, who broke the collegiate record in the shot put indoors and swept titles in the shot and weight throw during the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Racing in the 4x100 relay for the first outdoor meet of the season the Aggies will have a crew of Julia Madubuike, Diamond Spaulding, Brenessa Thompson and Jania Martin for the women while the men put together a foursome of Jace Comick, Jake Lanier, Roger Ethridge and Kyree Johnson.
Opening in the men’s 400m hurdles for the Aggies are Tyler Hart, Ilolo Izu, DeWitt Thomas and Infinite Tucker.
Among distance events, the 5,000 meter races will include Ashley Driscoll and Kelsie Warren for the women along with Jon Bishop, Jacob Perry, and Brandt Preston for the men. Racing in the 3,000m steeplechase for A&M are Rachel Bernardo and Ashton Hutcherson in the women’s race with Raymond Gonzales and Brady Grant in the men’s race.
Bishop, Perry and Preston are also scheduled to race at 1,500m on Friday along with teammates Taylor Clayton and Wes McPhail. Aggie women in the 1,500m will include Bernardo, Driscoll, Hutcherson and Warren along with Valarie Bradley, Hannah Campbell, and Lauren Fairchild.