No. 1 A&M women win New Balance Collegiate
Courtesy: Shawn Price, Texas A&M Media Relations
February 9, 2009
NEW YORK – A team title and two more school records capped the Aggies track and field weekend at the Armory as they competed in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.
With a two-point advantage over Baylor heading into the final event of the meet, the No. 1 ranked Texas A&M women just needed to finish ahead of the Bears in the 4 x 400 relay to secure the team title.
In a three-section final LSU and UCLA posted times of 3:38.84 and 3:39.24 in the second race to secure the top two positions. A&M led through the middle two legs of the relay as they competed in the final section. Seton Hall moved into the lead on the final lap and finished third overall with a 3:39.72.
Aggie anchor leg Brittany Machacek crossed the line next in front of Baylor for a 3:39.90-3:40.63 edge as they two teams finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The first three legs for A&M consisted of Allison George, Jessica Beard and Sandy Wooten.
The final team standings had Texas A&M totaling 72 points for the first-place trophy while Baylor finished second with 67. Connecticut placed third with 56 points ahead of BYU (49), North Carolina (45) and LSU (43).
It was the second time in three years for the Aggie women to capture the team title in New York.
The A&M men scored 55 points, with 27 coming from the triple jump near the end of the meet, to place fourth in the team standings. Baylor won the meet with 65 points ahead of the 60 produced by LSU. Texas scored 59.5 as Oregon rounded out the top five with 40 points.