No. 9 Texas A&M wins New Balance
Aggies’ Lelei outstanding performer for winning mile run
NEW YORK -- No. 9 Texas A&M claimed the team title with 85 points at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational topping a field of 130.
Henry Lelei was named outstanding male performer of the meet. He anchored the A&M distance medley relay to victory on Friday evening. Then he won the mile on Saturday, setting an Aggie school record with his 4:01.49 run.
Finishing behind the total of 85 points for the Aggies were No. 3 LSU with 75 points No. 18 Mississippi State (59), No. 4 Texas (44) and Baylor (36) rounded out the top five. It was the second title for A&M, who also won in 2010.
Lelei, who beat the school record of 4:04.16 set by Mike Hummel in 2000, controlled the field early on and faced a couple of challenges from runner-up Paul Lagno of Albany, who finished in 4:01.86. Rico Loy of Iowa State placed third in 4:02.55.
Capping off the meet with the 4x400-meter relay A&M controlled the tempo and captured a 3:07.98 win with the crew of Ricky Babineaux (47.4), Joey Roberts (46.9), Deon Lendore (47.0) and Michael Preble (46.7).
The Aggies defeated Mississippi State (3:08.50), LSU (3:08.85), Texas Tech (3:11.33) and Baylor (3:11.84) in their section of the final.
MacLean O'Donnell finished second in the Championship 3,000 meters with a personal best of 8:07.95 after leading the race for a majority of the 15 laps. Villanova's Mathew Mildenhall won the race in 8:06.23.
Oscar Ramirez picked up third place points in the 800 as he ran 1:50.27.
Another pair of Aggies placed fifth and sixth in the college division of the 3,000 meters as Stephen Curry ran 8:20.17 and Isaac Spencer clocked 8:20.31.
Michael Bryan finished fifth in the 200-meter final with a 21.32 while Babineaux (21.64) placed 10th. In qualifying for the finals Bryan ran 21.48 with Babineaux at 21.59.
In the weight throw Casey Strong led a trio of Aggies with a sixth-place toss of 60-4.75. Teammates Landon Hartwick (55-0.75) and Cole Knuth (54-6.75) finished 18th and 19th.
A 4:08.77 in the mile placed C.J. Brown seventh in the college division after placing fifth in his section. Colin Slattery finished 19th with a 4:13.04.
In the men's triple jump Babatunde Amusu finished eighth with a mark of 50-4.5 (15.35). Dave Brown (48-0.5) and Olabanji Asekun (47-2.5) placed 17th and 21st.