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SEC Athlete of the Week honors for Shamier Little, Prezel Hardy, Jr.

April 22, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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SEC Athlete of the Week honors were awarded to a pair of Aggies this week as Prezel Hardy, Jr. received the men’s Runner of the Week and Shamier Little shared the women’s Freshman of the Week accolade. Updated USTFCCCA national team computer rankings have the Texas A&M women locked into No. 1 while the Aggie moved up a spot to No. 3.

Texas A&M will compete in the 120th Penn Relay Carnival starting on Thursday and continuing through Saturday at historic Franklin Field. The Aggies won a dozen events in last year’s meet, including eight titles on the final day.

This season the Penn Relays will have a live webcast available through on its Flo Pro subscription service. Live action will broadcast all three days, except for USA vs. The World events which will be broadcast live on NBC Sports during Saturday’s portion of the meet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (CDT).

Hardy ran in four races for the Aggies during the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational, winning the 200 meters in a time of 20.14w, which is the second fastest time in the world for 2014 under all conditions.

While his day also included the first leg of the A&M 4x100 that finished third and placing third among collegians in the 100 meters with a 10.32, Hardy filled in with a 45.5 second leg split when he was needed for the 4x400 relay. The Aggies won the relay in 3:02.64, a season’s best, in defeating NCAA Indoor relay champion LSU (3:03.24).

Little ran her first outdoor 400 with A&M and promptly ran her fastest time with a 52.26 that won the race over Arizona’s Shapri Romero (52.70) and Tennessee’s Felecia Brown (53.56). The time places Little at No. 5 on the Aggie all-time list. She is currently fifth among collegians and second among SEC sprinters.

Already the world junior leader in the 400 hurdles this season Little is also second on the 2014 world junior list in the 400 meters. Little ran on the winning 4x400, splitting 53.5, at the LSU meet as A&M clocked 3:33.38 to cruise ahead of a 3:39.09 from runner-up Louisiana Tech.

While the Aggies remained No. 1 in the women’s rankings, there was a change for the men as Oregon moved ahead of Florida for the top position while A&M moved ahead of Arkansas for the No. 3 spot. Following the first four of Oregon, Florida, Texas A&M and Arkansas are Florida State, Georgia, Wisconsin, LSU, Alabama and Texas Tech among the top 10 with six of those schools from the SEC.

The top six women’s team kept the same order this week with the Aggies leading Florida, Texas, Oregon, Georgia, Kentucky, Southern California, LSU, Arkansas and Florida State to round out the top 10, which also includes six SEC programs.

USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings

1. Texas A&M                       383.21
2. Florida                                 342.16
3. Texas                                   336.80
4. Oregon                               288.96
5. Georgia                              230.06
6. Kentucky                           205.89
7. Southern California       196.12
8. LSU                                       178.14
9. Arkansas                            169.86
10. Florida State                   157.11
11. Arizona                             147.71
12. Kansas                              131.84
13. UCLA                                 108.90
14. San Diego State            106.50
15. Stanford                          103.39
16. Penn State                      102.50
17. Texas Tech                      100.71
18. Baylor                                  95.15
19. Washington                      90.70
20. Arizona State                   87.77
21. Oklahoma State              84.91
22. Notre Dame                     84.00
23. Missouri                             82.99
24. Maryland                           82.41
25. Mississippi State             79.76
1. Oregon                               335.91
2. Florida                                 319.42
3. Texas A&M                       296.33
4. Arkansas                            275.74
5. Florida State                     195.62
6. Georgia                              181.05
7. Wisconsin                          181.00
8. LSU                                       157.24
9. Alabama                             157.13
10. Texas Tech                      153.36
11. Mississippi                      152.59
12. Southern California     151.84
13. Baylor                               144.23
14. Nebraska                         135.54
15. Texas                                126.67
16. UCLA                                 122.02
17. BYU                                    120.63
18. Tennessee                      104.30
19. Penn State                      103.76
20. Arizona                               97.07
21. Mississippi State             92.27
22. Oklahoma State              88.21
23. Cornell                                82.30
24. Kentucky                           79.01
25. California                           76.82
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