COLLEGE STATION – First day action in the Charlie Thomas Invitational held at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium concluded with Texas A&M alum Bralon Taplin winning the 300m in 32.49 seconds to equal the world-leading time for the 2019 indoor season.
Taplin sports a best of 31.97 he set in 2017, which serves as the national record for Grenada and ranks sixth on the all-time world list.
Second day action in the Charlie Thomas Invitational resumes Saturday with the men’s heptathlon at 10:30 a.m., field events and prelims at 12:30 p.m. and running finals at 2 p.m.
In the women’s 5,000m the Aggie tandem of Kelsie Warren and Ashley Driscoll finished first and second with career best indoor times. Warren clocked 16:46.91 for the victory, becoming the No. 9 performer on the A&M all-time list. Driscoll followed in 16:48.40 as runner-up, moving to No. 10 performer as she improved her previous No. 12 position from a 16:56.96.
Currently, Warren and Driscoll are third and fourth among SEC runners in the event. Other Aggies in the race included the freshman duo of Abbey Santoro (18:13.57) and Julia Black (18:19.03) as they placed 10th and 11th.
Jacob Perry, who has outdoor eligibility remaining with the Aggies, competed unattached and claimed the men’s 5,000m with a time of 14:42.31. Texas A&M had a 1-2 finish among the collegians in the race with Brandt Preston running 14:52.22 while Zephyr Seagraves followed in 14:59.38.
Aggie alum Shaina Burns won the pentathlon with a score of 3,964 points to better the Cincinnati pair of Naomi Urbano (3,873) and Angelica Lightfoot (3,862).
Burns produced 933 points in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.89, scored 842 with a 5-6 ½ high jump, and added 723 with a 42-5 ½ shot put. A mark of 18-1 ½ in the long jump picked up 706 points while a 2:24.79 in the 800m wrapped up the competition with 760 points.
Following the first day of the men’s heptathlon, Aggie Landon Malouf is in third place with 2,735 points.
The heptathlon continues on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m.
Malouf’s marks in the first four events of the heptathlon included a 7.47 in the 60m for 723 points, a 21-11 (739) in the long jump, 37-3 ¾ (568) in the shot put and a high jump of 6-2 ¼ (705).