May 15, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. - For the first time in school history, the Texas A&M track and field program swept the Big 12 Outdoor Championship team titles. It's the first time a school has achieved the sweep at the outdoor conference meet since Texas in 2006.
In the process of claiming the historic double championship, the Aggie men scored a Big 12 record of 175 points to better the 172 Nebraska had in 2004. It's the first conference outdoor title for Texas A&M men since 2001.
Finals team scores for the men: 1. Texas A&M 175; 2. Texas 103.5; 3. Oklahoma 90; 4. Nebraska 84.5; 5. Texas Tech 74; 6. Kansas 64; 7. Baylor 57.5; 8. Colorado 52; 9. Missouri 35; 10. Iowa State 34; 11. Kansas State 33; 12. Oklahoma State 15.5.
The A&M women, meanwhile, totaled 146 points in locking up a fifth consecutive Big 12 Outdoor team title and its ninth conference championship (indoor and outdoor) in the past five years.
Final team scores for the women included: 1. Texas A&M 146; 2. Nebraska 119; 3. Oklahoma 117; 4. Texas 90.5; 5. Baylor 77; 6. Iowa State 60; 7. Kansas 51.5; 8. Kansas State & Texas Tech 48; 10. Colorado 38; 11. Missouri & Oklahoma State 12.
Texas A&M also added two key points in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown, giving the Aggies a 9.5 to 8.5 lead over Texas heading into next weekend's baseball series between the two schools.
On the final day of the Big 12 meet, hosted by the University of Oklahoma, the Aggies combined for nine victories, including a sweep of the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays, which has never been done before in Big 12 history, which now spans 15 years.
The A&M men won their relay titles in 39.04 and 3:02.38 while the women posted times of 42.90 and 3:31.28.
Aggie junior Jeneba Tarmoh repeated as high point scorer for the A&M women as she won the 100 and 200 meters while also running on the winning 4 x 100 relay.
Tarmoh first ran the second leg of the women's 4 x 100 as they won in 42.90 seconds, just missing the 42.88 meet record set by the 2008 Aggie squad. An 11.25 by Tarmoh in the 100 meters led a 1-4-5 finish for A&M.
In the 200 meters Tarmoh sped to a 22.46 victory, breaking a 29-year-old stadium record of 22.63 held by Nebraska's Merlene Ottey (1982). The Aggie women totaled 22 points in the 200 with a 1-4-5-6 finish.
Victories for the Aggies also included Tyron Stewart using a last round jump to produce the winning distance of 54-1.25 (16.49w). Demetrius Pinder blazed to a 44.87 victory in the 400. In both cases Stewart and Pinder led an A&M finish of 1-2-4 in both events for a total of 46 points.
Pinder bettered a solid field in the 400 meters, as he became the No. 4 performer on the Aggie all-time list with the fourth-best performance. Tabarie Henry, the defending champion, earned silver in 45.28 while Bryan Miller matched his career best of 45.49 for fourth place.
Roberts started in the outside lane and ran to the lead for the first 200 meters with Preble, who started on the inside, and Ramirez in tow for a 1-2-3 Aggie lead early in the race.
At 400, Roberts led the field with a 50.5 split as Preble remained in second place, but Ramirez slid back to fifth. By the 600 mark the Aggie tandem had company in Iowa State's Edward Kemboi and Baylor's James Gilreath.
Off the final curve Kemboi moved into the lead, but was soon overtaken by Preble. In the homestretch Preble took command for the win ahead of Kemboi (1:47.90). Roberts battled for bronze, but Gilreath (1:48.24) edged ahead while Roberts placed fourth in 1:48.28.
The winning relays for the Aggies included Donique' Flemings (54.5) and Ibukum Mayungbe (52.3).
On the A&M men's 4 x 100 were Prezel Hardy, Jr. Running on the men's 4 x 400 were Miller (46.3), Pinder (44.8), Preble (46.1) and Henry (45.2).
In addition to the nine gold medals earned by Texas A&M on the final day of the conference meet, the Aggies added eight silver medal performances, three bronze and seven fourth-place contributions.
A school record in the pole vault earned Laura Asimakis second place as she cleared 13-10.5 (4.23). Nebraska's Natalie Willer won the event with a 14-2.5 (4.33) effort.
Asimakis held the edge in the competition when she cleared 13-10.5 on her first attempt while Willer needed three tries before she was successful. However, when the bar was raised to 14-2.5 Asimakis missed three times while Willer hit the mark on her third attempt. Aly Daily tied for sixth place, giving A&M 2.5 more points, as she made it over a personal best height of 13-0.75 (3.98).
Howell, who led off the A&M 4 x 100 victory, sped to a career best of 20.39, equaling Aggie grad Chris Dykes for the No. 7 spot on the A&M all-time list. Howell led a 2-3-5-6-9 effort that produced 20.5 points.
Earlier in the evening Howell finished fourth (10.48) in the 100 behind teammate Prezel Hardy, Jr. (10.44) who combined for 19 points with a 2-3-4 finish.
Sutherland led the 400-meter hurdle field through 320-plus meters before Kansas State's Ryann Krais took over and claimed the win in 56.06. Sutherland clocked a career best of 56.53 for second to become the No. 2 performer at A&M with the fifth-best performance.
A heart breaking silver-medal finish kept Jessica Beard from completing an undefeated run through four years of the Big 12 Championships (indoor and outdoor). Beard ran 51.68 while Kansas freshman Diamond Dixon won the race in 51.55, matching the collegiate leading time Beard held this outdoor season.
Ibukun Mayungbe ran a personal best of 52.63 in placing third in the 400 ahead of the Texas tandem of Briana Nelson (52.69) and Kendra Chambers (53.38).
Donique' Flemings finished fifth in 13.43.
Mayo, who was fine after her spill, completed the race in 16.12 for ninth place.
In the 110 hurdles Wayne Davis II placed fourth with a career best of 13.63, which tied him for No. 7 on the Aggie all-time list.
Dominique Duncan placed fourth in the both the 100 (11.55) and 200 (23.03 PR) meters. Ashley Collier finished fifth in the 100 (11.69) and sixth in the 200 (23.25 PR), while Beard placed fifth in the 200 (23.07).
Stephen Curry had a strong charge at the end of his 3,000-meter steeplechase to claim fifth place in 9:07.34. In the women's race Kasey McNorton ran the third fastest time at A&M as her 11:08.80 placed ninth.
Kevin Burnett ran a career best of 14:0340 for sixth place in the 5,000 meters, moving to No. 4 on the all-time list. Those points enabled the Aggie men to surpass the conference record of 172 points after A&M defended their title in the 4 x 400 relay.
Following her school record performance in the heptathlon, Fitzpatrick also competed on the third day of the meet and tied for sixth place in the high jump. She cleared 5-7.25 (1.71) to snare 2.5 points.
Sasha-Kay Matthias placed sixth (43-1.5w) in the triple jump with Tiffany Peters finishing eighth (42-8.25w).
In the women's 5,000 the Aggie duo of Katherine Devlin and Natosha Rogers placed seventh and eighth. Devlin clocked a career best of 16:28.01 and moved to No. 4 on the all-time list while Rogers ran 16:33.45. Will Barry placed ninth in the 1,500 (3:50.66).