BIRMINGHAM – Three members of the Aggie track and field team were recognized by the SEC for Athlete of the Week honors following the historic performance Texas A&M turned in at the 119th Penn Relay Carnival.
Aggie senior Ameer Webb was selected SEC men’s Runner of the Week while Aldrich Bailey, Jr., shared the SEC men’s Freshman of the Week honor. LaQue Moen-Davis received the SEC women’s Field Athlete of the Week.
All three Aggies were part of the special weekend A&M enjoyed under perfect weather conditions at Franklin Field. Through the weekend the Aggies totaled five Championship of America relay titles and added seven individual victories.
Relay victories for the women included the 4x100, 4x200 and shuttle hurdle relay while the men won the 4x200 and 4x400. Individual winners for A&M included Moen-Davis (long jump), Henry Lelei (5,000m), Dave Brown (triple jump), Donique’ Flemings (100 hurdles), Wayne Davis II (110 hurdles), Webb (100m) and Olivia Ekponé (100m).
In addition to his 10.24 victory in the 100 meters on Saturday, Webb ran the anchor leg of the 4x200 that set a collegiate-leading time of 1:20.75. Then Webb closed out the Penn Relays by running the opening leg of A&M’s 4x400 victory that set a collegiate-leading time of 3:02.52.
Moen-Davis won the long jump with a leap of 21-2.5 (6.46w), becoming just the second Aggie female to win the event at the Penn Relays. Her mark is the 10th best ever at the Penn Relays and was the best winning mark in the past 10 years of the meet. Moen-Davis added a runner-up finish in the triple jump with a windy 43-5 (13.23w).
In the shuttle hurdle relay win by A&M, Moen-Davis ran the anchor leg as the Aggies clocked 55.30 to better the field by a second.
Bailey ran on a pair of A&M relay wins during Saturday’s action. He was the third leg of the winning 4x200 and the second leg on the winning 4x400, both of which set collegiate leading times.
TEXAS STATE BOBCAT CLASSIC RECAP
While the Aggies were turning in a spectacular performance at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, another A&M group competed at the Bobcat Classic in San Marcos. The leading performance was a career best throw of 196 feet, 8 inches (59.95) by Dalton Rowan.
It marked the fourth consecutive win for Rowan following an eighth-place finish at the Texas Relays, when he threw a 191-9. Rowan has won the discus at Oregon, Arkansas, LSU and Texas State. With his mark Rowan moves to No. 7 on the Aggie all-time list and his currently ranks seventh among collegians this season and is third in the SEC. Teammate Ben Skrla finished fourth with a 166-8 (50.80).
Shelbi Vaughan remains undefeated in collegiate discus competition as she hit a mark of 189-3 (57.69), the second best performance Vaughan has produced as an Aggie. The runner-up effort behind Vaughan measured 168-10. The series for Vaughan included marks of 174-3 (53.11), 182-11 (55.75), 189-3 (57.69), foul, 177-4 (54.06), 180-5 (55.00).
Vaughan also placed eighth in the shot put 48-2 (14.68) while teammate Brea Garrett placed seventh (49-2.5/15.00).
James Bonn set a career best of 1:48.64 for second place in the 800, finishing as the top collegian behind Chris Bilbrew’s 1:47.96. Bonn’s time equals No. 8 on the Aggie all-time list as he lowered his PR from a 1:49.26 set last year.
Brittany Wooten cleared 12-5.5 (3.80) to win the pole vault over three Texas State vaulters, two of which made it over 12-1.5 (3.70). Another A&M vaulter, Catherine Chenault, placed eighth with a 10-10 (3.30). Wooten’s mark is No. 5 on the Aggie all-time list.
In the men’s vault, Chase Wolfle claimed top honors with a 17-2.75 (5.25) clearance while teammate Dustin Phillips finished second with a 16-10.75 (5.15).
James Hodges ran 14:52.46 for second place in the 5,000 meters. Melissa Mays finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 40-6 (12.34) from the opening round.
In the women’s javelin, which was won by A&M volunteer coach Ariana Ince (176-0/53.64), the Aggies finished 2-3-4 with Jean Deason (140-7/42.87), Kendall Munoz (139-9/42.60), and Krystyn Bradley (139-4/42.47).
In the men’s hammer a mark of 199-8 (60.86) placed Casey Strong third while Skrla’s 169-7 (51.69) placed eighth. Strong’s effort is the No. 2 performance on the Aggie all-time list behind his school record mark of 201-5.
Jonathan Turner placed second in the long jump with a wind-aided 24-5.5 (7.45). Turner also ran 10.64 to win his heat of the 100 and place ninth overall while Greg Coleman clocked 48.37 as a heat winner in the 400 to place 10th overall.
Other action included Dylan Richards clearing 6-7 (2.01) for second place in the high jump, Gabby Salazar placing third in the 5,000 (17:07.07), Aikan Graham finishing fourth in the 400 hurdles (52.55), Devion Harris tying for sixth in the high jump (6-5/1.96) and Jill Hydrick finishing eighth in the hammer (158-2/48.21).