Ilolo Izu defends title, Aggie women claim sprint medley at Texas Relays

Published: Mar. 29, 2019 at 8:40 PM CDT
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Texas A&M produced a pair of victories within a span of 45 minutes at the 92nd Texas Relays on Friday as the Aggies won the women’s sprint medley relay and Ilolo Izu defended his title in the men’s 400m hurdles.

In addition the A&M men were runner-up in the sprint medley and had a 44.2 split on the 400m leg from Devin Dixon while the Aggie women finished third in the distance medley relay.

Charging to the finish line off the last hurdle, Izu passed Houston’s Quivell Jordan and won in 50.20 seconds. Jordan clocked 50.25 as runner-up while Baylor’s Jayson Baldridge (50.627) and A&M’s DeWitt Thomas (50.628) were both timed in 50.63 as Baldridge had the slight edge for third place.

Izu set a career best of 50.00 seconds when he won the 2018 Texas Relays title, becoming only the second Aggie to win the 400m hurdles in the meet’s long history. Defending his title enabled Izu to become the only A&M hurdler to win a hurdle race twice at the Texas Relays.

“It was really awesome to win again,” stated Izu. “The most important thing that I really felt today was being out there with my teammates, my best friend DeWitt was out there with me. It was really awesome and I was excited to run. It was really fun.

“I was satisfied with the race overall, even though I didn’t feel comfortable with my steps. Just the fact that I was able to run close to my PR while not having a perfect race it was really comforting. To see that DeWitt ran a PR, I was so hype for him. It was one of the best things the whole weekend.”

A crew of Diamond Spaulding, Julia Madubuike, Syaira Richardson (51.4) and Jazmine Fray (2:04.5) produced a time of 3:42.20 to defeat Texas (3:45.05), and LSU (3:50.41). The time by A&M is the third fastest in school history and the third time the Aggies have won the event at Texas Relays since 2014.

In the men’s sprint medley the foursome of Kyree Johnson, Jace Comick, Devin Dixon (44.2) and Carlton Orange (1:48.4) ran 3:14.47, the second fastest time in school history, as runner-up to a 3:13.67 for Texas. In third place was Texas Tech (3:17.86) followed by Arkansas (3:22.00) and Houston (3:23.18).

Racing in the Invitational section of the 400m hurdles, Infinite Tucker ran 51.32 to place third as Tyler Hart ran 52.57 in fifth place.

A time of 11:38.92 placed Texas A&M third in the women’s distance medley behind Texas (11:21.24) and LSU (11:38.77). The Aggies group included Hannah Campbell (3:33.86), Tierra Robinson-Jones (51.77), Jean Jenkins (2:09.59) and Kelsie Warren (5:03.70).

The Aggie men finished sixth in the distance medley relay with a squad of Taylor Clayton, Roger Ethridge, Carlos Rodriguez and Wes McPhail.

A career best throw of 236-6 (72.09) placed Nick Mirabelli fifth, third among collegians, in the javelin as he maintained his No. 10 position on the A&M all-time list. Teammate William Petersson finished ninth with a mark of 224-10 (68.52)

Maddy Stulce finished fourth in the women’s javelin with her first round throw of 173-10 (52.99). Stulce held the lead with that mark until a third round 175-2 (53.41) by Danielle Collier of Miami, Ohio. A toss of 177-0 (53.96) secured the win for Chase Wolinski of Nebraska in the fifth round.

The Aggie women’s 4x100 relay posted the top qualifying time of 43.46 with a foursome of Brenessa Thompson, Danyel White, Diamond Spaulding and Julia Madubuike. LSU’s 43.80 was the next best time while Arkansas had a 44.17. Texas A&M men scratched and did not run the 4x100 prelims.

LaJarvia Brown and Kirby Matocha placed second and third in the B division of the high jump as both cleared 5-10 ½ (1.79). That height was a career best for Brown, who needed two attempts to get over the bar, as she is now equal the No. 9 performer on the Aggie all-time list. Matocha, who cleared the height on her third attempt, was a quarter inch off her career best established with a victory at UTSA last weekend.

Josh Brown placed third in the B division of the discus with a toss of 175-9 (53.56) in the second round. Four of his six attempts surpassed 170 feet. The winning mark was 178-2 (54.30) by Nebraska’s Burger Lambrechts.

Clearing opening height of 6-8 ¼ (2.04) on a third attempt placed Jake Lamberth 12th in the B division of the high jump. In the Texas Relays triple jump, Ciynamon Stevenson placed 13th with a 41-10 (12.75) and LaJarvia Brown finished 15th with a 41-8 (12.70).

Qualifying prelims in the 100m hurdles included a crew of four Aggies. Kennedy Smith (13.468) and Gabrielle McDonald (13.469) both ran 13.47w in placing 14th and 15th overall. Chinyere Njoku followed with a 13.66w in 19th while Taryn Milton clocked 13.73w in 22nd.

In the 100m, Jania Martin ran 11.72w to place 23rd and Amber Ivy posted an 11.81w to finish 31st. Jace Comick went 10.62w in the men’s 100m to place 36th.

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