BIRMINGHAM – Two Aggie track and field athletes were named SEC Athletes of the Week by the conference office on Tuesday. Senior Prezel Hardy, Jr. and sophomore LaQue Moen-Davis were selected for the SEC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week and SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honors, respectively.
Updated national dual meet rankings by Track & Field News has the Texas A&M women still No. 1 while the Aggie men moved up to No. 2. Hosting a Triangular meet this coming Saturday in Gilliam Indoor Stadium, A&M will compete against LSU (No. 6 men, No. 4 women) and Texas Tech (No. 7 men, No. 18 women).
Moen-Davis, the 2013 SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year, won the triple jump at the Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational with a meet record leap of 44-3.25 (13.49) that left her just an inch away from the school record set by Yasmine Regis in 2009. Moen-Davis produced a stellar series that included three attempts over 44 feet among her six marks.
Her winning mark from Saturday is also the collegiate leader, just two inches away from leading the college ranks by two feet. Moen-Davis opened her series with a 43-10.75 (13.38) that topped the meet record of 43-10 set in 2010 by Ayanna Anderson. In round two, Moen-Davis bettered her personal best of 44-2 with an improvement to 44-3.25, the No. 2 mark on the Aggie all-time list.
The remainder of the series for Moen-Davis included 44-0 (13.41), 44-0.75 (13.43), 42-7 (12.98) and 43-2.5 (13.17). Any of her six attempts would have won the event as runner-up Jamelia Johnson of Louisiana Tech reached a distance of 40-8.75 (12.41).
An ill Hardy managed to show up at the starting line for each of his three races Saturday and produced a pair of personal best marks and meet records in winning the 60 and 200 meters in 6.56 and 20.70 seconds. The 60m time bettered the school record of 6.59 and his 200m time is No. 5 on the Aggie all-time list.
Hardy equaled the meet record of 6.63 in the prelims of the 60 and then improved upon his personal best of 6.61 with the school record sprint in the final as he bettered a field that included Baylor frosh Trayvon Bromell placing second in 6.66 and new teammate Shavez Hart in third with a 6.73.
The Aggies swept the top three places in the men’s 200 as Hardy broke his own meet record of 20.78 with a 20.70 clocking that is currently second fastest in the world for the 2014 season. A&M teammates Aldrich Bailey, Jr. (20.89) and Michael Bryan (20.97) placed second and third.