Aggies ready for high-caliber field in Clemson’s Tiger Paw Invitational

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CLEMSON, South Carolina – Texas A&M competes among a high-caliber field at Clemson’s Tiger Paw Invitational this weekend. The Aggies, with the women ranked No. 3 and the men No. 7, are among 11 women’s schools ranked in the top 40 along with 10 men’s schools among the top 50 set to square off at Clemson’s Indoor Complex this Friday and Saturday.

The ranked programs in the women’s field include: No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 5 Florida State, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 16 Tennessee, No. 18 South Carolina, No. 19 Penn State, No. 21 Ohio State, No. 24 Georgia Tech, No. 26 Miami, No. 27 Virginia Tech, and No. 32 Houston.

The ranked schools in the men’s field include: No. 2 Florida State, No. 4 Houston, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 20 Penn State, No. 30 Tennessee; No. 31 South Carolina, No. 44 Kentucky, No. 45 Miami, No. 46 Virginia, and No. 49 Georgia Tech.

The Clemson track has been the site of recent milestones for the Aggies, including a collegiate record in the women’s 800m, Texas A&M’s first indoor mile under four minutes, and the men’s pole vault school record.

Jazmine Fray set the collegiate record at 800m on this track in 2017, running 2:00.69. She will race in the first of five sections in the 800m while teammates Brittany Parker and Jean Jenkins contest the second section.

Last season Alex Riba broke the school record in the mile and became the first Aggie to run a sub-four mile with his 3:59.12 victory. Riba broke the A&M school record of 4:00.41 that was shared by Henry Lelei (2013) and Isaac Spencer (2015).

Jacob Wooten returns to the venue where he set the A&M pole vault indoor record and facility record of 18-4 ½ (5.60) in 2018. This year’s field of 30 vaulters will be split into two sections of 15. Wooten is in the second flight along with teammates Robin Nool and Logan Freeman.

In the Invitational 400m, Ilolo Izu races against South Carolina’s Quincy Hall, who posted a 45.84 last week. Other Aggies involved in sections of the Invitational 400m include Devin Dixon, Bryce Deadmon, and Kyree Johnson.

Dixon, who was named to The Bowerman mid-season indoor watch list on Thursday, recorded an indoor best of 46.95 in the 400m on January 19, a week before he produced an American collegiate record in the 800 with a 1:45.27. Last season Dixon defended his 800 title at the Tiger Paw Invitational with a then best of 1:47.37.

The Aggie men will have a quick rematch with Houston in the men’s 4x400 following their race at the Charlie Thomas Invitational this past weekend. They are in the same section along with South Carolina and Ohio State. Hall of South Carolina split 44.81 on a relay carry a week ago in a home meet.

On the women’s side the Aggies racing in the Invitational 400m include Jaevin Reed, Tierra Robinson-Jones, Julia Madubuike, Syaira Richardson and Jarra Owens. In the 4x400 relay the A&M women are in section one along with Kentucky, South Carolina and Miami.

After running a 4x400 relay leg last weekend, Danyel White competes in the Invitational 200m at Clemson where she races Tennessee alum Felicia Brown in section one. It will be the first 200 race for White since placing eighth in the final of the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships.

The second section of the Invitational 200m will have Brenessa Thompson, who posted a Guyana national record 23.02 in Lubbock, facing Aggie alum Aaliyah Brown. The third section includes Aggie Diamond Spaulding, who has posted a best of 23.28 this season.

Jace Comick contests the men’s Invitational 200m, running in the second section with Houston’s Amere Lattin, Tennessee’s Mustaqeen Williams and Eric Harrison of Ohio State.

Tahar Triki returns to the triple jump this weekend after breaking the Algerian indoor record in Lubbock with a mark of 54-2 ½ (16.52). Triki continues to lead the SEC with that mark and ranks third among collegians.

On the women’s side, recent transfer Deborah Acquah makes her Aggie debut in the long jump, while teammates LaJarvia Brown and Ciynamon Stevenson contest the long jump and triple jump this weekend.