COLLEGE STATION - As Texas A&M opens its indoor track and field season this Saturday, December 8, with the Reveille Invitational at 4 p.m. in the Gilliam Indoor Stadium, the Aggies received high marks this week for its current incoming class by Track & Field News.
The monthly magazine released its annual recruiting class rankings with the Texas A&M women No. 1 and the Aggie men No. 4.
In addition the January 2013 issue of Track & Field News offers a look at how teams will fare at the NCAA Outdoor Championships next June and predicts a sweep for A&M in taking both men's and women's titles.
The Aggies recently swept NCAA Outdoor titles during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons and each squad finished third a year ago under Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry, who is in his ninth season with the Aggie program.
Texas A&M topped the women's recruiting rankings over Stanford, Florida, Georgia and California while the Aggie men were ranked fourth behind Florida State, Ohio State, and Alabama with Penn State fifth. Texas A&M was the only school to rank among the top five for both genders in this year's rankings by Track & Fields News.
Members of the highly touted A&M recruiting class will be in action this weekend as the Aggies compete against Houston and UT-San Antonio in a two-hour meet that features 11 events - 60m, 800m, Mile, 5000m, 60 Hurdles, 4x400 relay, high jump, pole vault, long jump, shot put and weight throw.
A live webcast of the Reveille Invitational will be available at Aggieathletics.com with live results available through flashresults.com.
For the NCAA Outdoor predictions the magazine tabbed the Aggies as favorites to win six events, three events for the men and three for the women.
Event winners selected for the A&M women included senior Natasha Rogers defending her title in the 10,000 meters, the 4 x 100 relay and freshman Shelbi Vaughan in the discus. On the men's side the A&M athletes predicted for NCAA victories included Ameer Webb in the 200, Wayne Davis II in the 110 hurdles and Henry Lelei in the 3,000m steeplechase.
The Aggie men are predicted to top Florida, Auburn, Oregon and Arkansas for the team title while the A&M women are favored over Oregon, LSU, Kansas and Arizona when Drake University hosts the NCAA Championship on its famed blue track next summer.
TRACK & FIELD NEWS - 2012 Recruiting Class Rankings
Women: 1. Texas A&M; 2. Stanford; 3. Florida; 4. Georgia; 5. California.
Honorable Mention: 6. Kansas State; 7. Florida State; 8. North Carolina; 9. Wake Forest; 10. BYU.
Men: 1. Florida State; 2. Ohio State; 3. Alabama; 4. Texas A&M; 5. Penn State.
Honorable Mention: 6. Arkansas; 7. Florida; 8. Stanford; 9. UCLA; 10. Baylor.
TRACK & FIELD NEWS - 2013 NCAA Outdoor Predictions
Men's Teams: 1. Texas A&M 64; 2. Florida 45; 3. tie, Auburn & Oregon 40; 5. Arkansas 39.
Individuals (# defending champion):
100: Harry Adams (Auburn)
200: Ameer Webb (Texas A&M)
400: Mike Berry (Oregon)
800: Elijah Greer (Oregon)
1500: #Andy Bayer (Indiana)
Steeple: Henry Lelei (Texas A&M)
5000: Lawi Lalang (Arizona)
10,000: Kennedy Kithuka (Texas Tech)
110H: Wayne Davis (Texas A&M)
400H: Reggie Wyatt (USC)
HJ: #Erik Kynard (Kansas State)
PV: #Jack Whitt (Oral Roberts)
LJ: #Marquise Goodwin (Texas)
TJ: #Omar Craddock (Florida)
SP: #Jordan Clarke (Arizona State)
DT: Julian Wruck (UCLA)
HT: #Alexander Ziegler (Virginia Tech)
JT: #Tim Glover (Illinois State)
Dec: Curtis Beach (Duke)
Women's Teams: 1. Texas A&M 63; 2. Oregon 59; 3. LSU 55; 4. Kansas 52; 5. Arizona 38.
Individuals (# defending champion):
100: #English Gardner (Oregon)
200: #Kimberlyn Duncan (LSU)
400: #Ashley Spencer (Illinois)
800: #Nachelle Mackie (BYU)
1500: Emily Infeld (Georgetown)
Steeple: Emma Coburn (Colorado)
5000: #Abbey D'Agostino (Dartmouth)
10,000: #Natosha Rogers (Texas A&M)
100H: Brianna Rollins (Clemson)
400H: Georganne Moline (Arizona)
4x100: Texas A&M
HJ: #Brigetta Barrett (Arizona)
PV: Morgann LeLeux (Georgia)
LJ: Karynn Dunn (Stanford)
TJ: Andrea Geubelle (Kansas)
SP: #Tia Brooks (Oklahoma)
DT: Shelbi Vaughan (Texas A&M)
HT: Brittany Smith (Illinois State)
JT: Brianna Bain (Stanford)
Hept: Brittany Harrell (Florida)