COLLEGE STATION – Three nationally ranked track and field teams will square off in the Texas A&M Triangular at noon this Saturday in the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The Aggies, with the women ranked No. 1 and the men No. 2 in the national dual meet rankings by Track & Field News, will play host to LSU and Texas Tech in a three-hour showcase.
LSU enters the fray with the women’s team ranked No. 4 and the men No. 6. Texas Tech, a former Big 12 foe for A&M, counters the pair of SEC schools with a No. 7 ranking for the men’s squad and No. 18 for the women. Only two athletes per team scoring in individual events while only one relay per school can score. Point distribution for individual events is 7-5-4-3-2-1 while relay scoring is 7-5-4.
In conjunction with the A&M Triangular meet is an Aggie track and field reunion with functions scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday following the meet.
The Aggie men carry an undefeated 6-0 home record in dual meets, having won four duals since 2009 in addition to last year’s triangular meet with Arkansas and LSU. A&M defeated Texas in 2009 and 2010 while bettering LSU in 2011 and 2012.
Last year the Aggie men totaled 128.5 points to defeat Arkansas (99) and LSU (82.5). While the Razorbacks went on to win the SEC Indoor title as well as the NCAA Indoor Championship, A&M won the NCAA Outdoor Championship.
With a dual meet record of 3-3 over the past five years, the Aggie women defeated Tennessee in 2009 and LSU in 2011 while falling to Texas in 2010 and LSU in 2012.
In the triangular last season LSU women scored 107.5 points to edge Texas A&M (103.5) by four points with Arkansas (103) just a half point back in third. The Razorbacks claimed the SEC Indoor title with LSU second and the Aggies third.
At the SEC Outdoor meet it was A&M winning the team title by five points over the Tigers with Arkansas in third place just eight points back. The Aggies were also the top SEC finisher at the NCAA Outdoor meet as they finished second to Kansas.
Following a pair of team victories in the Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational last weekend, the Aggies will double or triple some athletes this weekend for maximum point output in the Triangular scoring format.
The Aggies are currently collegiate leaders in six events in the early stages of the 2014 season, including both 4x400 relays. Individual collegiate leaders include Prezel Hardy, Jr. (60m, 200m), Kamaria Brown (200m) and LaQue Moen-Davis (triple jump).
Moen-Davis, the SEC Field Athlete of the Week, will compete in the long and triple jump while also contesting the 60m hurdles. Challengers in the long jump include Le’Tristan Pledger of Texas Tech and LSU’s Nataliyah Friar. In the triple jump LSU’s Lynnika Pitts, fourth at 2013 SEC Indoor, will offer a test for Moen-Davis, the 2013 SEC Indoor champion.
Hardy earned national athlete of the week honors for his double sprint victory in personal best times of 6.56 and 20.70 seconds from last weekend. This Saturday he will only run the 60 meters, where he faces Aaron Ernest of LSU and Texas Tech’s Treyvion Johnson.
Brown, named to the women’s preseason watch list for The Bowerman Award, headlines the 200 with her world-leading time of 22.96 and will also compete in the 60 meters. She also runs a leg on the Aggie 4x400 relay, which posted a world-leading time of 3:37.16 last weekend.
Wayne Davis II and Deon Lendore, both selected for the men’s preseason watch list for the The Bowerman Award, are entered in the 60 hurdles and 400, respectively. The meet record of 7.75 and Gilliam record of 7.59 in the 60 hurdles may be threatened by Davis.
Lendore will team with Carlyle Roudette to form a strong tandem in the 400. Lendore, who holds the meet record of 45.91, posted the world-leading time in 2013 with a personal best 45.15 while Roudette recorded a career best of 46.48 to win the 400 at the A&M 10-Team Invitational last Saturday.
The A&M men’s 4x400 set a world-leading time of 3:05.68 this past weekend with Lendore running third leg and Roudette handling the anchor leg duties.