Webb, Texas A&M capture 'Most Outstanding' honors at Texas Relays
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas A&M senior Ameer Webb had a hand in three Aggie victories at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays as he set the world-leading time for the 2013 season in winning the 100 meters with a 10.14 while leading off the 4x100 and anchoring the 4x200 that each claimed wins at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Saturday.
Webb earned the Most Outstanding Performer of the meet while the Texas A&M men were named the Most Outstanding Team.
“There is competition from both coasts, we have people here from all over the United States here and they come down here because the level of competition is great,” Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry said. “If your successful here in the 4x100 and 4x400 that is a sign of a NCAA Championship quality event. We ran really well in the relays [Saturday].”
Texas A&M men registered a pair of relay victories to start the final day of the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays as they cruised to a world leading 1:20.78 in the 4x200 and a U.S.-leading 38.64 in the 4x100 with the same four sprinters.
“It was a great day,” Webb said. “The three races were all pretty much back-to-back, so they are hard to run. My favorite race is the 200 [meters], so it was exciting to win the 4x200. In the 4x100 the crowd gave me a lot of energy and emotion to run fast. I was excited to run and try to put my team in a good position.
“This is the Texas Relays so you focus on the relays. Going into the 100 [meter] I wanted to have fun and get a good time. That was a big bonus for me and I ran a great time, so I was proud of myself.”
The Aggie order for the 4x200 went Michael Bryan, Prezel Hardy, Jr., Aldrich Bailey, Jr. and Ameer Webb while the 4x100 went with Webb, Bailey, Bryan and Hardy.
As his teammates built a comfortable lead in the early stages of the 4x200, Webb enjoyed a sizeable advantage taking over the anchor leg duties. In running the No. 4 time on the Aggie all-time list, A&M bettered the field by two and a half seconds as Northwestern State finished second in 1:23.35 with Tennessee third in 1:23.85.
A closer finish in the 4x100 included challenges from Florida, TCU and LSU. Michael Bryan established an edge for the Aggies on the third leg and Hardy sped to the finish to close out the impressive victory in 38.64 seconds, the No. 6 time on the Aggie all-time list. Florida ran 38.99 as runner-up with TCU third in 39.54 and LSU fourth at 39.56.
“I was very excited to come to this track, since it’s a homecoming for me,” Hardy said. “I was ready to come here and show out for my home crowd. Feeding off the victory in the 4x200 I knew we were ready to run fast in the 4x100 as well. We opened the outdoor season with a 38.76, so I knew it was just a matter of getting the sticks together for a win.”
In his third race of the day, Webb established an early lead in the 100 and cruised to the finish line to set a career-best time that ranks No. 8 on the Aggie all-time list. Webb’s previous personal record in the 100 was 10.17. His win is the third A&M victory in the event since 2010 as Gerald Phiri claimed a pair of titles in 2010 and 2011.
Finishing behind Webb in the 100 were Aaron Ernest of LSU (10.18), Brent Lee of Jackson State (10.33), Bryan of A&M (10.34) and Mississippi’s Isiah Young (10.35). Webb’s 10.14 overtook a 10.15 run by Jamaica’s Jermaine Hamilton as the world-leading mark for 2013.
In equaling the meet record Texas A&M set in 2010, the current Aggie sprint relay won the 4x100 title by more than a second with a 42.56 seconds. Texas finished second in 43.59 while Oregon was third in 43.93. The rest of the field included Florida 44.23, Illinois 44.58, SMU 44.76, Kentucky 44.80 and TCU 45.14. UCLA was disqualified.