April 28, 2010


By Amy Farnum

The Texas A&M women’s 4 x 200 relay team defended its title at the 116th Penn Relay Carnival at historic Franklin Field, setting a collegiate record in the process with a time of 1:29.42.  The previous mark of 1:29.78 by LSU had stood since 2003.  

Gabby Mayo, who was named the Penn Relays college women’s athlete of the meet for relay events, ran on three winning teams for the Aggies, also a part of the 4×100 (43.09) and shuttle hurdles (52.50).   Mayo was joined by Jeneba Tarmoh, Jessica Beard and Porscha Lucas in the 4 x 200.  

"We did what we had to do to get this title and the record," Tarmoh said. "I'm very proud of what we accomplished here this weekend. I love having a crowd like this and the enthusiasm that fills the stadium. It helps you run so much faster."

A record crowd of 54,310 attended the Penn Relays on Sunday, shattering the previous mark of 50,827 set in 2002.

FLEET-FOOTED:  University of Oregon freshman Mac Fleet garnered Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Week for his performance on two winning relay teams and a second-place finish at the Penn Relays last weekend.

The native of San Diego, Calif., ran the 800 leg on the winning distance medley relay team in 1:48.04 on Friday, and then led off the Ducks’ winning four-mile relay with a time of 4:03.3. Fleet concluded the meet with a 1:47.64 on the second leg of the 4 x 800 relay, helping Oregon to a second-place finish.  

The Ducks’ wins in the DMR and four-mile relay were Oregon’s first in the 116-year history of the Penn Relays.

SHE’S STILL QUEEN:  Virginia Tech senior Queen Harrison was named Penn Relays Women's Individual Athlete of the Meet after running a school-record time of 12.61 to win the 100 meter hurdles on April 24.  

Harrison eclipsed her own school mark of 12.65 set at the Florida Relays earlier this season.  It is the fastest time this season in NCAA Division I and also broke the Penn Relays record of 12.70 set in 2000.  Harrison, who was also named Atlantic Coast Conference Track & Field Performer of the Week, also was a member of Tech’s shuttle hurdle relay that placed third with a school-record time of 54.27.

TIGER TALK:  LSU sophomore Barrett Nugent became the first Tiger in meet history to win the 110 meter hurdles at the Penn Relays, claiming the title with a wind-legal personal best time of 13.58.  

Nugent’s time is tops in the Southeastern Conference and the third-best in the NCAA outdoor this season.  The native of Maurice, La., accomplished the feat against three of the nation’s Top 10 runners in the event this season. He was selected SEC Runner of the Week for his performance.

LSU also jumped seven spots to No. 2 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25.

RANKING REVIEW: After a big weekend that included the historic Penn Relays, there are two new No. 1 squads in men’s and women’s track and field.  Texas A&M rose one spot to No. 1 in the men’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top 25, while LSU did the same in the women’s rankings and is now No. 1.  The SEC is on top of men’s leaderboard with eight teams in the national top 25 while the Big 12 follows with seven and the Pac-10 has five.  

From the USTFCCCA press release:
Starting with this week, national team rankings, with one exception, are compiled using only data from the 2010 outdoor season. As a result, those who have not made a mark in the 2010 outdoor season will not contribute to their team’s ranking total until a scoreable mark has been achieved. In combined events (decathlon and heptathlon), individual contributions to team totals are still calculated from the best of preseason and current-season data until week six.  The SEC, Big 12, and ACC all have to five women’s teams in the top 25 while the Pac-10 has four.