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Strong Aggie contingent competing at USATF Championships

June 19, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
(photo: Texas A&M Athletics)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Three members of the Texas A&M men’s national championship team and five members of the Aggie women’s NCAA runner-up squad will compete in the USATF Championships held this weekend at Drake Stadium. The meet serves as qualification for the IAAF World Championships, which will be held in Moscow, Russia, during mid-August.

In all there will be 19 athletes with ties to the Texas A&M program competing in either the USATF Championships or the USATF Junior Championships. Action begins Wednesday and continues through Sunday.

Current Aggies in the meet include Devin Bogert (javelin), Kamaria Brown (200m), Olivia Ekponé (200m), Donique’ Flemings (100 hurdles), Sam Humphreys (javelin), Jennifer Madu (Junior – 100m, long jump), LaQue Moen-Davis (long jump, triple jump), and Ameer Webb (200m).

Previous members of the A&M program and athletes currently training in College Station who will be competing in Des Moines include Jessica Beard (400m), Ariana Ince (javelin), Porscha Lucas (200m), Aries Merritt (110 hurdles), Curtis Mitchell (200m), Tyron Stewart (long jump), Jeneba Tarmoh (100m, 200m), and Lauryn Williams (100m).

In addition, three incoming Aggie freshmen are competing in the U.S. Junior Championships. They include Lauren Bedrich of Rogers, Texas, as well as a pair of athletes from Illinois – Aaliyah Brown (100m, 200m) and Shamier Little (400, 100 hurdles).

Humphreys and Merritt return as defending champions from the Olympic Trials last summer. Humphreys won the javelin title and was the top ranked U.S. thrower last season while Merritt claimed the Olympic Games gold in the 110 hurdles and later broke the world record with a 12.80 in his final race of the season.

This year Humphreys is undefeated and recently won the NCAA Championship javelin title. He has been the U.S. leader since his opening throw of 267-1 (81.40) in March and improved it to 268-8 (81.90) during the NCAA West meet in late May.

Thursday’s schedule will have eight athletes in action with Madu contesting two U.S. Junior events that day. She will have the prelims and finals of the 100 meters as well as the triple jump. Brown joins Madu in the 100 that day while Bedrich and Little compete in the 100 hurdles.

In the USATF Championship field Moen-Davis will contest the triple jump on Thursday while Ince throws the javelin. The first round of the 100 includes Tarmoh and Williams while Beard runs in the first round of the 400.

Coverage of the USATF Championships will be available on the web and through NBC and ESPN. The times and channels follow:

USATF.TV Webcasting Schedule
2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Junior Track & Field Championships

 

All times Central:

June 19      Noon to 6:20 p.m.
June 20      10 am to 9:25 p.m.
June 21      10 a.m. to 9:35 p.m. (Only field events from 7-9 p.m.)
June 22      6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Only field events from 3-6 p.m.)
June 23      7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Only field events from 2-5 p.m.)


Broadcasting Schedule

All times Central. Check Local Listings.

June 21      LIVE 7-9 p.m. on ESPN2
June 22      LIVE 3-4 p.m. on Universal Sports

                    LIVE 4-6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network
June 23      1-2 p.m. on Universal Sports

                    LIVE 2-3 p.m. on NBC Sports Network

                    LIVE 3-5 p.m. on NBC

USATF Championships

Men                                         Events    Competition Date

Devin Bogert                             Javelin    Final 2 p.m. (6/23)

Sam Humphreys                       Javelin    Final 2 p.m. (6/23)

Ameer Webb                                 200    R1 2:40 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:05 p.m. & Final 4:10 p.m. (6/23)

Aries Merritt                   110 Hurdles    R1 3:10 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:40 p.m. & Final 4:52 p.m. (6/23)

Curtis Mitchell                               200    R1 2:40 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:05 p.m. & Final 4:10 p.m. (6/23)

Tyron Stewart                    Long Jump    Final 2:30 p.m. (6/23)

Women                                  Events    Competition Date

Kamaria Brown                              200    R1 3:35 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:22 p.m. & Final 4:20 p.m. (6/23)

Olivia Ekponé                                 200    R1 3:35 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:22 p.m. & Final 4:20 p.m. (6/23)

Donique’ Flemings         100 Hurdles    R1 5:15 p.m. (6/21), Semi 2:25 p.m. & Final 5:52 p.m. (6/22)

LaQue Moen-Davis                     LJ, TJ    TJ – Final 3 p.m. (6/20), LJ – Final 3:15 p.m. (6/22)

Jessica Beard                                 400    R1 5:20 p.m. (6/20), Semi 7:36 p.m. (6/21), Final 5:08 p.m. (6/22)

Ariana Ince                                Javelin    Final 6:15 p.m. (6/20)

Porscha Lucas                                200    R1 3:35 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:22 p.m. & Final 4:20 p.m. (6/23)

Jeneba Tarmoh                              100    R1 6:25 p.m. (6/20), Semi 6:45 & Final 8:42 p.m. (6/21)

                                                         200    R1 3:35 p.m. (6/22), Semi 2:22 p.m. & Final 4:20 p.m. (6/23)

Lauryn Williams                             100    R1 6:25 p.m. (6/20), Semi 6:45 & Final 8:42 p.m. (6/21)

USATF Junior Championships

Women                                     Events    Competition Date

Jennifer Madu                          100, TJ    100 – 11:50 a.m. & 1:56 p.m. (6/20), TJ – 1 p.m. (6/20)

Incoming freshmen

Lauren Bedrich               100H, 400H    100H - 11:30 a.m. & 1:40 p.m. (6/20), 400H – 3 p.m. (6/21), 1:38 p.m. (6/22)

Aaliyah Brown                      100, 200    100 – 11:50 a.m. & 1:56 p.m. (6/20), 200 – 12:20 p.m. & 3:45 p.m. (6/21)

Shamier Little                     400, 100H    100H – 11:30 a.m. & 1:40 p.m. (6/20), 400 – 1:55 p.m. (6/21), 1:46 p.m. (6/22)

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