Texas A&M posts nine event wins at Arkansas Invitational
Fayetteville, Arkansas – Winning nine events and producing seven NCAA provisional marks in the process highlighted the opening season performance by the No. 1 Texas A&M women and No. 6 Aggie men track and field teams during the Arkansas Invitational on Friday.
In four of those event victories the Aggies dominated the field by sweeping the top three or four places. The final event of the night even had the A&M men placing first and second in the 4 x 400 relay with times of 3:13.98 and 3:14.39.
Producing a pair of those wins for the Aggie women were Jessica Beard and Porscha Lucas, who teamed up for a 3:37.91 relay victory in the 4 x 400 after claiming the 200 and 60 meters, respectively.
Beard split 52.4 while running the third leg of the relay, which had Sandy Wooten and Allison George on the first two legs with Lucas anchoring. They produced the seventh fastest time ever by an Aggie relay during the indoor season.
The 200 meters was a hot event for the Aggies on both the men’s and women’s side.
Beard bettered her indoor personal best in the 200, clocking 23.59 to lead an Aggie romp in the event. Texas A&M placed 1-2-4-5-6 with the sprint crew of Gabby Mayo (23.97), Dominique Duncan (24.47), Sandy Wooten (24.71), and Elizabeth Adeoti (24.73).
Last year Beard and Mayo opened with times of 23.75 and 24.09 on the same track. The times they posted this season became the No. 3 and No. 7 marks on the Aggie all-time list. Meanwhile, Duncan’s debut with Texas A&M resulted in the No. 13 time on the A&M list.
In the men’s race, also ran as sections against time, three Aggies won their heats and finished 1-2-3 overall. Gerald Phiri led the trio with an indoor personal best of 21.23 while Chris Dykes clocked 21.38 and Bryan Miller set an indoor best of 21.81.
On 200 meter tracks Phiri’s mark is the third fastest ever at A&M while Miller’s is the No. 10 mark. Dykes produced his PR of 20.67 on this track during the NCAA Championships last March.
Lucas, who posted a 7.36 in the prelims of the 60 meters, produced a 7.34 winning mark in the final, leading the Aggies to a 1-2-3-5 finish. Khrystal Carter followed in 7.46 with Allison George (7.46) and Adeoti (7.60) rounding out the A&M contingent. Lucas produced the second fastest time by an Aggie in the opening meet of the season.
An event winner with a NCAA provisional mark also included Mayo in the 60 hurdles with an 8.41, where she became the No. 5 performer on the A&M all-time indoor list.
Meanwhile, Ashika Charan (43-0 ¼) and Yasmine Regis (42-3 ¼) teamed up to lead a 1-2-3-4 effort in the triple jump with NCAA provisional marks. Regis led the competition from the first round, but was overtaken by Charan in the sixth and final round.
Teammates Angela Thomas and Tiffany Peters completed the triple jump sweep for A&M with marks of 40-9 ½ and 39-5 ¾ for third and fourth place.
Another winning effort came from Brittany Machacek (56.07) in the 400 as runner-up performances were turned in by Michael Preble (1:19.88) in the 600 and Keenan Hall (24-2 ½) in the long jump.
The Aggie men’s distance medley relay (9:57.61) placed second to Oklahoma (9:56.42) while Arkansas (10:21.57) was a distant third. Running on the relay were Graham Northcutt, Bryan Parker, Sam Mutschler and Kevin McNab.
Kevin Burnett ran 8:23.25 as the second collegian in the 3,000, behind an 8:20.62 by Colby Wissel of Kansas, who is a former Big 12 cross country champion.
Joey Roberts, who anchored the Aggies winning 4 x 400 relay, led a 4-5-6 effort by A&M in the 400. Roberts ran 48.83 with Kyle Dykhuizen posting a 48.85 and Morquise Cleveland running 48.90.
The first three legs of the A&M 4×4 winner included Ashton Young, Dykes and Miller. The runner-up squad included Preble, Dykhuizen, Brandon Machacek and Cleveland.
Women 60: Porscha Lucas, 7.34. 200: Jessica Beard, 23.59. 60H: Gabby Mayo, 8.41. 4 x 400: A&M women, 3:37.91. TJ: Ashika Charan, 43-0 ¼; Yasmine Regis, 42-3 ¼.
Men 200: Gerald Phiri, 21.23.