The Texas A&M women returned home to College Station with a pair of Championship of America titles when they defended their crowns in the 4 x 100 and shuttle hurdle relays at the Penn Relays.
It was a historic event for Gabby Mayo as the senior won her sixth and seventh Penn Relays watches for the wins, which tied the women’s meet record established by
Kathy Franey and Michelle Bennett – both from Villanova – as well as Tennessee’s Cathy Rattray.
The Aggies set collegiate records in winning the 4 x 200 and shuttle hurdles in 2010. In the 4 x 100 final the Aggies ran with the foursome of Mayo, Jeneba Tarmoh, Dominique Duncan and Ashley Collier.
Texas A&M recorded the ninth fastest time in Penn Relays history, adding to the No. 2, 6, 7, and 8 marks they have set in the past three years.
Mayo, Donique’ Flemings, Daphne Fitzpatrick and Natasha Ruddock ran 53.41 seconds for the shuttle hurdle victory, which was the eighth fastest time in meet history. The time adds to the Aggies’ legacy at Franklin Field as they also have the No. 1 and No. 3 fastest times in this event’s history.
Need to Know
• The Pac-10 title hopes of the third-ranked Oregon women’s track and field team have been hurt badly with the news that heptathlete Brianne Theisen did not travel with the team to Tucson, Ariz., for the conference championships this weekend. Reports state the senior star has been bothered with lower back issues since winning her second consecutive pentathlon crown at the NCAA Indoor Championships last March with a school and collegiate record of 4,540 points. Theisen, a native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, is the reigning two-time NCAA and Pac-10 heptathlon champion. She holds the school record in the heptathlon (6,094), 100 hurdles (13.39), and 4×400 relay. She also ranks second in the high jump at 6-1 1/4.
• There was no change atop the women’s track rankings. LSU, on the strength of its strong showing in its regular season finale at the Penn Relays, remains No. 1. Texas A&M, Oregon, Clemson and Southern California are 2-5 respectively. Up next for the Lady Tigers will be the SEC championships at the University of Georgia next weekend, then the NCAA Regional Championships May 26-28 at the University of Indiana.
• UCF is making yet another upgrade to its facilities with the revamped UCF Soccer & Track Stadium. The facility, upgraded for $1.2 million, was unveiled Thursday during UCF’s Twilight meet. The upgrade will add 1,475 more seats and increase capacity of the complex to more than 2,000. Additionally, the new facility will have a new press box, sound system and permanent restroom facilities.
• The Nebraska women’s heptathletes will be in search of their seventh consecutive Big 12 heptathlon title this season. Ashley Selig started the run in 2005 and won a second title in 2007, while Sara Jane Baker took top honors in 2006, Megan Wheatley was the latest to win with back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009 before Chantae McMillan took the crown in 2010. The Huskers’ current run in the heptathlon is unmatched by any other women’s team in the conference, as only Kansas (1998-99) and Missouri (2003-04) have earned consecutive titles, with each winning back-to-back crowns.
• Bucknell’s women’s, along with its men’s team will be defending conference championships this weekend at the Patriot League Championships in Easton, Pa. The Bison women’s squad will go for its seventh title in eight years. The Patriot League’s championships are among a parade of Division I conferences holding their championships this weekend.
• The Baylor women surprised the competition in the 4×100-meter relay, moving up from the third-fastest qualifying spot to race past the field for their fifth Drake Relays title in the history of the event. The group of Tiffani McReynolds, Tiffany Townsend and Brittany Carr, who anchored for the first time in 2011, ran the nation’s fourth-fastest time and a Drake record of 43.75. The win marks the third in the event at Drake in the past six seasons and first since 2008.