Eight athletes sign national letters of intent with Aggie track and field

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M has received eight national letters of intent to the track and field program during the month of November.

The group joining the Aggies next fall includes an international female athlete in Amanda Hansson of Sweden, who placed eighth in the long jump during the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships and finished third in the 100m hurdles at the 2018 Swedish National Championships after claiming the junior title. Hansson has a career best of 13.42 in the hurdles and 20-9.75 in the long jump.

The men’s signing class includes sprinter Lance Broome of Seven Lakes HS in Katy, Texas; Colton Colonna, a distance runner from St. Francis High School in Mountain View, California; sprinter Christopher Ford of Trinity Christian High School in Cedar Hill, Texas; Kyle Stulce, a thrower from Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas; and hurdler Andre Turay from South Hagerstown High School in Maryland.

Turay won the 110 hurdle title in the 2018 Maryland State 3A meet and his career best of 13.73 in the 110 hurdles ranked sixth in the nation for 2018, second among the junior class. Ford produced a career best of 47.07 in winning the 400m at the 2018 Great Southwest Classic and has won the TAPPS 5A State title in the 400m the past two years.

Broome, who has best times of 10.58 and 21.41 in the 100 and 200 meters, ran on the winning 4x100 relay during the 2018 State 6A Championships and runner-up 4x200 relay. Seven Lakes bettered the previous national record in the 4x200 and just missed the national and state record in the 4x100.

Stulce is the younger brother of current Aggie javelin thrower Maddy Stulce as well as the nephew of Aggie alum Mike Stulce, the 1992 Olympic shot put gold medalist. Kyle, who competes in the shot put and discus, placed fifth in shot put at the 2018 State 6A meet and has a personal best of 59-0.

Colonna generated a personal best of 4:13.81 in the 1,600 last season and has raced in the CIF State Cross Country Championships the past four seasons with 14th place in 2017 his best finish.

Two other females in the early signing class are Victoria De La Garza of College Station and Jacie Droddy of Port Neches-Groves. Droddy has placed in the final of the State 5A long jump the past two seasons and set a career best of 19-0 ¾ in 2018.

A sprinter and relay member on her high school team, De La Garza will throw the javelin with the Aggies. She is the daughter of Texas A&M assistant coach Juan De La Garza, an Aggie alum who represented Mexico twice in the Olympic Games and held the national record in the javelin.

National Letters of Intent – Texas A&M Track & Field

Lance Broome – Seven Lakes HS / Katy, Texas – Sprints (100 – 10.58, 200 – 21.41)

· Posted best of 10.58 for third place in 100m at 2018 district meet, finished fourth in area

· Won 200m in 2018 AAU Region 17 Qualifier after placing third in AAU District Qualifier

· Member of 4x100 State 6A champion in 2018 (39.80) and silver medalist 4x200 (1:23.42)

· 4x200 squad broke the previous national high school record of 1:23.52 as runner-up in State

· 4x100 crew just missed national and state record of 39.76 set in 1998 in winning State title

Colton Colonna – St. Francis HS / Mountain View, California – Distance (1,600 – 4:13.81, 3,200 – 9:15.64)

· Set career best of 4:13.81 in 1,600 during prelims of 2018 CIF State Championships

· Finished 10th in 1,600 final at 2018 CIF State meet after runner-up at CIF Central Coast Section

· Posted a then PR of 4:18.21 to place sixth in mile at 2018 Arcadia Invitational

· Fifth place in 3,200m with career best of 9:15.64 at 2018 CIF Central Coast Section

· In cross country, placed fourth in 2018 WCAL Finals after finishing third in 2017

· Third in 2017 CIF Central Coast Section and 14th in CIF State Cross Country Championships

Victoria De La Garza – College Station HS / College Station, Texas – Throws (Javelin)

· Ran on 4x 100 relay which placed third in district, fourth in area and advanced to region

· Member of 4x200 relay which finished fourth in area and advanced to region

· Member of 4x400 relay which placed second in district, third in area and advanced to region

· As a junior in 2017 finished fifth in 400m at district meet, ran on runner-up 4x100 and 4x400

· Has thrown a best of 99 feet in javelin during summer track season

· Daughter of Texas A&M assistant coach Juan De La Garza, who represented Mexico twice in the Olympic Games and held the national record in javelin

Jacie Droddy – Port Neches-Groves HS / Groves, Texas – Jumps (Long Jump – 19-0 ¾)

· Placed sixth in long jump (18-2 ½w) at 2018 5A State Championships after winning district and area meets, runner-up in Region III-5A. Set career best of 19-0 ¾ in winning district title

· Also finished second in 100m and fourth in triple jump in district meet in 2018

· Finished fifth in long jump (18-4 ¼w) at 2017 5A State meet after sweeping district and area titles, runner-up in region meet

Christopher Ford – Trinity Christian HS / Cedar Hill, Texas – Sprints (400 – 47.07)

· Won 2018 TAPPS 5A State title in 400m (48.47) along with 4x100 and 4x400 relays

· Set career best of 47.07 to win 2018 Great Southwest Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico

· Placed fifth in 2018 New Balance Nationals 400m with a 47.33 clocking

· Also won 2017 TAPPS 5A State titles in 400m (48.57), 4x100 and 4x400 relays

Amanda Hansson – Stockholm, Sweden – Hurdles/Jumps (100H – 13.42, Long jump – 20-9 ¾)

· Placed eighth in long jump at 2018 IAAF World Juniors

· Won 2018 Sweden junior title in long jump and finished fifth in Sweden National Championships

· Won 2018 junior 100m hurdles in Sweden and Nordic Championships, third in Sweden Nationals

· Also claimed Sweden junior titles in 60m, 100m, 200m and 60m hurdles during 2018 season

· In 2017, won Sweden junior titles in 60m, 100m, 60m hurdles and long jump

Kyle Stulce – Seven Lakes HS / Katy, Texas – Throws (Shot Put – 59-0, Discus – 143-4)

· Finished fifth in 2018 State 6A Championships shot put (57-11)

· Produced career best of 59-0 in shot put as runner-up in Region III-6A meet

· Indoors, runner-up at Texas A&M and Houston meets in shot put, produced best of 55-2 ¼ at Texas A&M

· Brother of current Aggie senior Maddy Stulce and nephew of 1992 Olympic shot put gold medalist Mike Stulce, Texas A&M Class of 1991, who won NCAA Outdoor shot put titles in 1988 and 1989 along with NCAA Indoor title in 1989

Andre Turay – South Hagerstown HS / Hagerstown, Maryland – Hurdles (110H – 13.73, 300H – 37.72)

· 2018 Maryland 3A State champion in 110m hurdles (13.97), fourth in long jump (22-2 ½)

· In 2018, career best ranked sixth in the nation in 110m hurdles (13.73), second in junior class

· At New Balance Nationals, third in 110H (13.82) after topping field with 13.73 PR in prelims

· Won Maryland 3A West Region title in 300H with career best 37.72, won long jump with PR 22-5

· Indoors, set career best 7.83 in 60m hurdles placing fourth in New Balance Nationals

· Won Maryland Indoor state title in 55m hurdles (7.35) and runner-up in 300m (35.90)