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SEC Runner of the Week honors for Shamier Little, Deon Lendore

April 15, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
(photo: Texas A&M Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM – Texas A&M had a pair of sprinters earn SEC Runner of the Week honors as freshman Shamier Little and junior Deon Lendore received the honor from the conference office today.

Little became the 2014 U.S. and collegiate leader with a career best time of 56.55 to win the 400 hurdles at the 35th annual Sun Angel Track Classic. Little, already the World Junior leader for 2014, lowered her season best from a 57.58 run the previous week at Stanford and improved her career best time of 57.44 from 2012.

Lendore, who was also the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week, set a world-leading time of 44.90 in winning the 400 meters at Sun Angel ahead of teammate Carlyle Roudette’s 45.77 as both ran career best times. Lendore’s time places him at No. 9 on the Trinidad & Tobago’s all-time list and equal No. 5 on the A&M all-time list.

Running in the 4x400 relay Lendore split 44.7 as the Aggies won the race in 3:02.67 over Arizona State (3:06.12) and Kansas (3:07.19) to record the second fastest collegiate time this season.

In the 400 hurdles Little posted her 56.55 win over Penn State’s Kiah Seymour, who ran 57.07 as runner-up, and Aggie teammate Janeil Bellille, who ran 58.12 for third.

Little also anchored the A&M 4x400 relay to a 3:33.75 victory as she split 52.7 on her carry. The Aggies defeated Penn State (3:35.15), Arizona State (3:36.11) and Kansas (3:40.13). In the 4x100 Little ran the anchor leg of a second Aggie squad that finished as runner-up in 44.48 to the winning A&M crew that clocked 43.87.

Aggie women remain No. 1, A&M men maintain No. 4 position

NEW ORLEANS – Updated national team computer rankings from United State Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association kept the Aggie women in the No. 1 position for another week with the A&M men remaining at No. 4.

The top four women’s teams remained the same with Texas A&M leading over Florida, Texas and Oregon. Georgia moved from eighth to fifth this week and three more SEC schools following with Kentucky, LSU, and Arkansas. Rounding out the top 10 are Southern California and Arizona.

The top six men’s teams were unchanged from a week ago with Florida leading Oregon, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Florida State and Wisconsin. Alabama moved from ninth to seventh with Texas Tech, Georgia, and LSU rounding out the top 10.

This weekend the Aggies travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to compete in the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational. In addition to the host Tigers and A&M the field will also include another SEC squad in Tennessee. Other teams include New Orleans, Northwestern State, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Tulane.

USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings

MEN
1. Florida                         331.99        
2. Oregon                       307.27
3. Arkansas                    291.61
4. Texas A&M               283.07
5. Florida State             197.05
6. Wisconsin                  187.26
7. Alabama                     171.27
8. Texas Tech                167.47
9. Georgia                      166.97
10. LSU                            162.28
11. Mississippi              151.99
12. Nebraska                 147.33
13. Baylor                       146.68
14. USC                            145.33
15. UCLA                         133.81
16. Texas                        126.06
17. Tennessee              113.20
18. Penn State              107.82
19. Arizona                     103.89
20. BYU                            101.47
21. Cornell                        93.74
22. UTSA                           85.45
23. California                   83.66
24. Illinois                          75.30
25. Kentucky                   74.13
WOMEN
1. Texas A&M               396.89
2.  Florida                        349.08
3. Texas                           320.26
4. Oregon                       250.13
5. Georgia                      238.77
6. Kentucky                   233.80
7. LSU                               189.87
8. Arkansas                    163.63
9. USC                              155.18
10. Arizona                     136.80
11. Kansas                      128.98
12. Penn State              118.37
13. Washington            117.09
14. UCLA                         116.85
15. Florida State           114.26
16. Texas Tech              111.07
17. Stanford                  109.46
18. San Diego State    108.65
19. Baylor                       107.24
20. Providence               90.82
21. Arizona State           86.83
22. Notre Dame             84.98
23. Missouri                     84.42
24. Maryland                   81.20
25. South Carolina         80.56
Little, Kiriazis both advance to finals at World Junior Championships
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