Texas A&M track and field adds nine athletes to program

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M announced the addition of nine athletes to the track and field program, joining the eight who signed in November.

Four of the nine additions will join the Aggies this spring semester. They include Jake Lamberth of Poth, Texas, a freshman transfer from Nebraska who won the high jump in the Texas A&M Triangular; Western Texas junior college jumper Deborah Acquah of Ghana; multi-event talent Brittan Burns, a freshman transfer from Arkansas; and Georgia prep sprinter Marcellus Boykin.

The rest of the signing class includes a pair of Jamaicans, jumper Lamara Distin and sprinter/hurdler Charokee Young, who are coached by Corey Bennett at Hydel Group of Schools. They are joined by Katie Aldredge, a javelin thrower from Louisiana; Bianca Cardenas, a pole vaulter from Elsa, Texas; and Michael Schmuhl, a pole vaulter from Frisco, Texas.

Acquah, who will be a sophomore with the Aggies, was the silver medalist in the triple jump at the 2017 NJCAA Championships and produced marks of 20-8 ½w and 42-4 ¾ that season. Lamberth is a Texas State 3A high jump champion who has a best of 7-1. Burns, the younger brother of Texas A&M’s 2018 SEC heptathlon silver medalist Shaina Burns, has scored a career best of 5,873 points in the decathlon. Boykin ran on a silver medal 4x100 relay in the 2017 Georgia 5A State meet.

Among the group of athletes joining the Aggies next August, the Jamaica tandem have competed internationally. Distin, who represented Jamaica in the World Junior Championships, set a career best of 6-0 ¾ to win the high jump at the 2018 Carifta Games and recently improved her career indoor best in the triple jump to 41-7.

Young, who sports best times of 52.82 (400) and 2:07.10 (800) finished as the silver medalist in the 400m at the Carifta Games and ran on a winning 4x400 relay for Hydel at the 2017 Penn Relays. This past weekend, racing at 500m in Virginia, Young posted a winning time of 1:10.61, which ranks her No. 5 on the world under-20 all-time list and currently ranks second fastest in the world for 2019 and is the top time by a high school athlete.

Aldredge is a multiple-time silver medalist at the Louisiana State meet in the discus and javelin. Cardenas won district and area titles in the pole vault during the 2018 season and finished second in the region meet to qualify for the State 5A meet. Schmuhl finished fourth in the pole vault at the 2018 State 5A meet.

Deborah Acquah – Fieseman HS, Prestea, Ghana (Western Texas Junior College) – Triple jump

· 2017 NJCAA silver medalist in triple jump (42-4|12.90)

· 2017 Indoor NJCAA placed fourth in triple jump and sixth in long jump

· Produced best marks of 20-8 ½w (6.31) and 42-4 ¾ (12.92) and in 2017

· Placed seventh in triple jump at 2016 African Championships

Katie Aldredge – St. Mary’s HS, Natchitoches, Louisiana – Javelin

· 2017 Louisiana State runner-up in javelin (125-5), 2017 Region I-1A runner-up

· 2017 Louisiana State runner-up in discus (108-3), 2017 Region I-1A champion

· 2016 Louisiana State runner-up in javelin, third place in discus

Marcellus Boykin – Southwest Dekalb, Decatur, Georgia – 100/200

· Member of silver medal 4x100 relay at 2017 Georgia 5A State Championship

· Reached finals of 2017 USATF National Junior Olympics in 4x100 relay

· Member of 4x400 relay which won 2017 USATF Region 4 Junior Olympic title

Brittan Burns – Lakeville South HS, Prior Lake, Minnesota (Arkansas) – Multi-events

· Scored career best 5,873 points placing eighth in decathlon at Arcadia

· Runner-up in high jump at 2018 New Balance Indoor Nationals with 6-4

· Won USATF Region 8 decathlon with then career best of 5,825 points

Bianca Cardenas – Edcouch-Elsa HS, Elsa, Texas – Pole Vault

· 2018 Region IV-5A runner-up in pole vault with a career best 13-3

· Runner-up at 2018 Texas Relays, won district and area titles

· Finished fourth in 2017 Region IV-5A meet, placed fifth in 2016 region meet

Lamara Distin – Hydel HS, Kingston, Jamaica – High Jump/Triple Jump

· Won high jump with career best 6-0 ¾ (1.85) at 2018 Carifta Games

· Equaled her PR in high jump to win 2018 Jamaica junior title

· Competed in high jump at World Junior Championships

· Set career best of 41-7 (12.67) in triple jump during 2019 indoor season

Jake Lamberth – Poth HS, Poth, Texas (Nebraska) – High Jump

· 2018 State 3A high jump champion with 7-0 ½ clearance

· Set career best of 7-1 during 2018 season

· 2017 State 3A high jump silver medalist, runner-up at Great Southwest Classic

Michael Schmuhl – Frisco Heritage HS, Frisco, Texas – Pole Vault

· Placed fourth in pole vault at 2018 State 5A meet, clearing 15-9

· Set career best of 16-0 to win Region II-5A title

· Finished fourth in 2017 Region II-5A meet, placed seventh in TTFCA Meet of Champions

Charokee Young – Hydel HS, Kingston, Jamaica – 400/800/400 Hurdles

· Won 2019 Virginia Showcase 500m in 1:10.61, which ranks No. 5 on world U20 all-time list

· Produced career best marks of 52.82 in 400m and 2:07.10 in 800m during 2018 season

· Runner-up in 400m at 2018 Carifta Games

· Member of winning 4x400 relay at 2017 Penn Relays, splitting 53.31 on third leg