COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M men won the distance medley relay on Friday afternoon while the Aggie women finished second in their relay race in front of a crowd of 1,319 for the Texas A&M Team Invitational.
Stephen F. Austin won a pair of team titles in the 12-Team Invitational held on Friday. The SFA men scored 105 points to edge past the 103 turned in by Sam Houston State. The rest of the men’s top five included Louisiana-Lafayette (68.5), North Texas (65) and Texas-Pan American (52).
In the women’s team score SFA accumulated 130 points for the victory with Sam Houston runner-up at 108 and Louisiana-Lafayette in third with 99.5. Rounding out the top five were Lamar (56) and North Texas (50).
Saturday’s 10-Team Invitational will include the bulk of the Aggie squad competing against a field of teams that includes Abilene Christian, Baylor, Louisiana Tech, Rice, SMU, TCU, Texas State, UT-Arlington and UT-San Antonio. Action begins at noon with field events, 12:30 p.m. for running prelims and 2 p.m. for the running finals.
Isaac Spencer led off the Aggie men’s distance medley with a 3:03.38 split for the 1200m first leg, giving the Aggies an early lead. Greg Coleman split 48.50 on the 400m leg to maintain the edge for A&M. Josh Hernandez handled the 800m leg with a 1:53.40, providing a good cushion for the anchor leg.
Alex Riba, a freshman, split 4:16.07 over the final 1600m to secure the victory in 10:01.33 over Baylor’s 10:11.79 with UT-San Antonio third in 10:13.84.
Baylor women broke the meet record they previously held with an 11:35.49 to win the race over A&M’s 11:52.77. The Bears topped the mark of 11:50.22 they set in 2012.
Following an opening leg of 3:38.53 by Katie Willard the Aggies were four seconds down to the Bears. Then Shamier Little flew to a sizzling split of 52.94 over the 400m leg to make up the deficit and put A&M in the lead by a couple of seconds.
Baylor reclaimed the lead on the 800m leg with Sophie Blake (2:25.21) running for the Aggies. Grace Fletcher ran a solid anchor leg in 4:56.10 over 1600m as A&M held off the challenge from UT-San Antonio, who placed third in 12:01.69.
A trio of Aggies ran in the men’s 5,000 meters on Friday evening. In placing 2-3-4 the A&M crew was led by Dylan Williams time of 14:55.42 behind the winning mark of 14:52.74 from Baylor’s Matt Galvin. Austin Geerts (15:14.93) and Julian Castellano (15:22.93) placed third and fourth for the Aggies.
Jena Hemann placed 10th in the shot put (38-7.5) while Lekesha Jelks was 10th in the 400 meters (58.18). Tarik Tyler (49.93) and Brandon Kinsey (51.38) each competed in the men’s 400 while Daniel Martin contested the shot put (35-9.5).
TEXAS A&M 10-TEAM INVITATIONAL - FRIDAY RESULTS
1. Baylor 11:35.49 Meet record
2. Texas A&M 11:52.77
3. UTSA 12:01.69
4. SMU 12:03.54
1. Texas A&M 10:01.33
2. Baylor 10:11.79
3. UTSA 10:13.84
1. Alyssa Diaz, UTSA 17:07.32
2. Isabel Balbontin, UTSA 17:17.73
3. Melanie Stemper, SMU 17:18.36
4. Caitlin Keen, SMU 17:33.79
5. Samantha Fish, UTSA 17:42.58
6. Sarah Guhl, Baylor 18:40.20
7. Claire Trotter, SMU 19:09.33
1. Matt Galvin, Baylor 14:52.74
2. Dylan Williams, Texas A&M 14:55.42
3. Austin Geerts, Texas A&M 15:14.93
4. Julian Castellano, Texas A&M 15:22.93
5. Harvinder Singh, UTSA 15:33.32
6. Ryan Elizalde, UTSA 16:37.50