Aggies sweep LSU in dual
A total of 13 wins were attained by Texas A&M combined
BATON ROUGE, La. -- In a tussle between a pair of nationally ranked teams Texas A&M swept both team titles at the LSU Invitational on Saturday in Bernie Moore Stadium.
The Aggie men, ranked No. 2 nationally, pulled away for a 190-172 victory over the No. 5 Tigers while the No. 1 A&M women held on for a slim 249-245.5 team win over No. 3 LSU.
Other men's teams included Iowa (127.5), Illinois (111), Army (63.5) and Connecticut (50). The women's field also included Iowa (71), Illinois (43.5) and Army (36).
"It's exciting for our group and something that needs to happen more in track," Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry said. "We scored all of our home indoor meets and this is another attempt to try to help track and field while getting people in the stands to watch someone win a track meet.
"I'm glad LSU coach Dennis Shaver had a scored meet this weekend. They have a new track surface on their facility. It's nice to see an institution that is still committed and they do things right."
The efforts by A&M provided a solid precursor to the next meet on the Aggies schedule, the Texas Relays in Austin.
"This meet was important in giving us an evaluation tool heading into next week," Henry added.
A total of 13 wins were attained by the Aggies, including both 4 x 100 relays and both 4 x 400 relays. The A&M women garnered seven victories while the men totaled six.
In addition to sweeping all four relay races, both 400 meters featured an Aggie 1-2-3 sweep and included a pair of collegiate-leading victories for Tabarie Henry and Jessica Beard.
Henry battled teammate Demetrius Pinder to the finish line, claiming the win in 44.83. Pinder posted a 45.06 for runner-up as Bryan Miller set a career best of 45.49 in third place.
On the A&M all-time list Henry is now No. 3 behind Curtis Mills (44.67) and Danny McCray (44.81) while moving ahead of Leslie Kerr (44.90) and Pinder (44.93).
"I felt like I've been struggling a bit for the past two years, so it was important for me to show that it's still in me to run times like that," Tabarie stated. "It was important having Demetrius Pinder in the same section with me today. He's the indoor champ, so he's the guy to beat. It was a good race.
"I didn't see myself running 44 this early. To run it at this time of the season shows maybe there is more in me and I can go faster."
Beard cruised in her 400-meter race as she posted a 51.55 collegiate leading time with Ibukun Mayungbe and Andrea Sutherland setting career best times in second and third place. Mayungbe clocked 53.06, the No. 4 A&M time, while Sutherland improved to 53.67, the No. 7 A&M time.
A collegiate leading 43.16 was established by Texas A&M in winning the 4 x 100 relay over a 43.48 for LSU, who ran the second fastest time this season. The Aggies ran with the foursome of Ashley Collier, Jeneba Tarmoh, Dominique Duncan and Jessica Beard and produced the No. 9 time on the A&M all-time list.
A second group of Aggie women placed third in 45.04 with a group of LaKeidra Stewart, Chandrell Stephens, Donique' Flemings and Natasha Ruddock.
The Aggie men followed suit as they posted a 39.11 victory in successfully getting the baton around the track for the first time this outdoor season while LSU had a hiccup on the first exchange and didn't finish. A&M ran with the foursome of Tran Howell, Gerald Phiri, Michael Bryan and Prezel Hardy, Jr.
Closing out the meet with the 4 x 400 the Aggie women posted a collegiate leading time of 3:32.48 over LSU's 3:33.63 with the foursome of Sutherland (52.9), Mayungbe (51.7), Flemings (55.1) and Collier (52.8). It was the No. 5 time on the A&M all-time list.
In the men's 4 x 400 a pair of Aggie relays battled for the win. The A&M crew that won in a collegiate leading 3:02.21 included Joey Roberts (46.5), Henry (45.4), Miller (45.6) and Pinder (44.7).
"I was a little upset because I was still a little tired from the 400," Tabarie noted. "We could have run a little faster, but I was flat and couldn't turn over. I'm a little ashamed of myself for that relay effort."
LSU finished second in 3:03.33 while a second A&M group placed third with a 3:04.69. The second crew of Aggies included Carlyle Roudette (47.3), Tran Howell (44.8), Michael Preble (45.2) and Oscar Ramirez (47.4).
"We ran very well in the relays and I'm pleased to see it," Coach Henry noted. "In our mile relays I've never seen one school run 3:02 and 3:04. We have a group of quarter-milers who are really getting after it right now."
Natasha Ruddock returned to her winning form in the 100 hurdles with a smooth 13.01 that was aided by a 2.4 wind. LSU's Jasmine Stowers, who posted a collegiate leading 13.15 last weekend, finished second in 13.20 while A&M's Flemings placed fourth in 13.68.
"It was really nice to see Natasha have a race like that and get things going again for herself," Henry said.
After relay work Hardy returned to win the 100 in 10.21 seconds over a LSU trio of Gabriel Mvumvure (10.23), Horatio Williams (10.25) and Rynell Parsons (10.42). Hardy's personal best is No. 9 on the Aggie all-time list and equals the collegiate leading wind-legal time this season. Bryan placed sixth in the race with a 10.54.
Later in the 200, Hardy won his section in 20.74 and placed second overall after LSU's Williams clocked 20.67 in another section. Tran Howell posted a 20.97 for third place.
"PJ had a couple of big runs today in winning the 100 and running well in the 200," noted Henry.
In the women's 100 Tarmoh ran 11.27 as runner-up to LSU's Semoy Hackett (11.23). The Tigers also placed 3-4-5 in the race.
Then in the women's 200 LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan won in a world-leading 22.76 (-1.0 wind) while A&M finished second and third with Dominique Duncan (23.23) and Ashley Collier (23.77).
A bulk of A&M women's points were attained in the 1,500 as the Aggies finished 1-2-4-5-6-7 for 32 points. Natosha Rogers set a career best of 4:31.32 for the victory as Katherine Devlin set a personal best of 4:33.04 as runner-up. They moved to No. 7 and No. 9 on the Aggie all-time list. Kasey McNorton ran 4:35.62 for fourth place.
In the men's 1,500 Kevin Burnett turned in a time of 3:51.32 for third place behind a pair of Illinois runners - Kyle Engnell (3:49.29) and Graham Farnsworth (3:49.35). A&M's Ethan Doherty won another section in 3:53.08 and placed seventh overall.
Emalie Humphreys won the javelin by nearly 12 feet with a mark of 159-4 (48.56) as the Aggies totaled 20 points in the event. Lauren Berg (137-3) finished fourth, Kelly Czumble (132-9) placed fifth and Bonnie Richardson (128-5) was eighth.
Later Humphreys threw the discus 143-5 (43.72) for fifth place as Jill Hydrick finished third with a mark of 153-0 (46.63).
Cole Knuth won the discus with a toss of 164-4 (50.08) to better a pair of Iowa throwers, Nick Brayton (161-10) and Ryan Lamparek (157-6). Cameron Alexander claimed another Aggie field event win in the high jump as he posted a career best in clearing 6-11.75 (2.13). Connecticut's Noel James finished second with a 6-8.75 (2.05).
Jennifer Edwards won the women's shot put with a career best of 49-5.75 (15.08), as Taylor Rosser placed second at 48-2.5 (14.69). Edwards' mark is No. 4 on the A&M all-time list.
In the men's javelin Iowa's Matt Byers claimed the win as his 245-8 (74.89) took the collegiate lead from Sam Humphreys, who placed second with a 243-10 (74.32) effort. Jon Gomez improved his season best to 212-6 (64.76) to finish third.
The women's pole vault featured a dual between school record holders from LSU and Texas A&M. Laura Asimakis improved her school record to 13-4.5 (4.08) as the runner-up while Rachael Laurent won the event for the Tigers by clearing 13-11.25 (4.25). Another Aggie in the field, Aly Daily, finished fourth with a clearance of 12-0.75 (3.68).
Asimakis bettered her school record mark of 13-4.25 (4.07) set two weeks ago in San Diego. Both Asimakis and Laurent missed twice at 13-8.5 (4.18). A third miss ended the day for Asimakis while Laurent cleared and then made her winning height on the first try.
Casey Strong improved his school record in the hammer with a mark of 193-7 (59.01) for fifth place. Cole Knuth hit a career best of 183-4 (55.88) to score one point in eighth place. Knuth's mark is No. 4 on the Aggie all-time list.
All-time marks were established in the women's 800 as Aliese Hyde and Hillary Hagan finished third and fourth with career best times of 2:08.48 and 2:09.34. Hyde, who chopped a couple of seconds of her previous best, is No. 4 on the Aggie all-time list while Hagan is No. 6. A&M's Erica Parker placed seventh in 2:10.98.
Oscar Ramirez just missed his personal best in the men's 800 as he placed second in 1:49.62 behind the 1:48.15 from Iowa's Erik Sowinski. Sam Mutschler did set a career best in sixth place, clocking 1:50.71 with Will Barry seventh in 1:52.12 from winning another section.
The steeplechase produced a pair a career best marks for Aggies Stephen Curry (9:10.56) and Dylan Williams (9:16.27) as they finished third and fourth. Curry improved his No. 10 position on the A&M all-time list.
Aggie women placed 2-3-5-8 in the triple jump for 19 points. Sasha-Kay Matthias led the way with a 41-10.75 (12.77) mark while Melissa Mays followed at 41-3.25 (12.58).