June 16, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - In the process of claiming its third set of men's and women's NCAA Outdoor Championships, and becoming the first school to do so, the Texas A&M track and field program totaled 46 USTFCCCA All-American honors. There were 25 All-American honors for the Aggie men and 21 for the A&M women.

Among the tally of 46 honors, A&M had 30 first-team All-Americans, seven second-team honors, and nine who received honorable mention.

Leading the way with three first-team All-American honors each were Demetrius Pinder and Jeneba Tarmoh. Pinder earned his in the 400, 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 while Tarmoh earned her set in the 200, 4 x 100 and 4 x 400.

A pair of first-team All-American honors went to Prezel Hardy, Jr. (100, 4x100), Tran Howell (200, 4x100), Bryan Miller (400, 4x400), Gerald Phiri (100, 4x100), Julian Reid (long jump, triple jump), and Andrea Sutherland (400H, 4x400).

Individual first-team All-American honors were awarded to Wayne Davis II (110H), Dominique Duncan (4x100), Melvin Echard (triple jump), Daphne Fitzpatrick (heptathlon), Tabarie Henry (4x400), Emalie Humphreys (javelin), Sam Humphreys (javelin), Gabby Mayo (4x100), and Michael Preble (4x400).

On the Aggie all-time list of All-American honors, Beard improved her career total to 16, just behind the 19 set by school record holder Porscha Lucas. Beard never finished lower than fourth place in the eight NCAA finals she qualified for in the 400, winning twice, earning three silver medals, two bronze and one fourth-place finish.

Beard became just the third female athlete in NCAA history, and the first since 1999, to win both 400 titles in the same year and run on both winning 4 x 400 relays at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Also accomplishing the feat were Flirtisha Harris of Seton Hall (1994) and Suziann Reid of Texas (1999).

Phiri took over top honors for the A&M men with a career total of 11 honors to better the nine earned by Justin Oliver. Phiri ran on the Aggie 4 x 100 relay that placed second in 2008 and 2011 while earning bronze in the 100 and placing fourth twice. In the 200, Phiri finished fourth and eighth at the NCAA meet. Indoors, Phiri claimed an NCAA silver in the 60 while also placing sixth twice and seventh once.

Also surpassing the mark established by Oliver is Miller with a career total of 10 All-American honors. Miller ran on the 4 x 400 all four years of his Aggie career at the NCAA Outdoor meets and the past three season at NCAA Indoors while making the 400 final twice outdoors.

Reid and Pinder improved their career total of All-Americans to nine while Henry and Howell improved to seven and six, respectively.

Tarmoh has reached a total of 11 All-American honors with Texas A&M, tying her for third all-time with Simone Facey. Mayo completes her Aggie career with eight honors, tying her with Adrian Sawyer for fifth on the all-time list.

Second-team All-American awards were given to athletes placing between ninth and 16th place. Aggies with second-team honors included Laura Asimakis (javelin), Echard (long jump), Hardy (200), Henry (400), Sasha-Key Matthias (triple jump) and Tyron Stewart (triple jump).

Honorable mention honors, given to athletes who competed at the final site but didn't place in the meet's top 16, were awarded to Ashley Collier (100, 200), Duncan (200), Mayo (100H), Preble (800), Joey Roberts (800), Natasha Ruddock (100H), Stewart (long jump) and Tarmoh (100).

Texas A&M - Career All-American Honors

Women

Porscha Lucas 19

Jessica Beard 16

Simone Facey 11

Jeneba Tarmoh 11

Adrian Sawyer 8

Gabby Mayo 8

Clora Williams 7

Ashika Charan 7

Rosa Jolivet 6

Anjanette Kirkland 6

Men

Gerald Phiri 11

Bryan Miller 10

Justin Oliver 9

Julian Reid 9

Demetrius Pinder 9

Chris Dykes 8

Howard Davis 8

Randy Matson 8

Stanley Kerr 8

Andre Cason 7

Tabarie Henry 7