FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Texas A&M women’s distance medley relay posted the second fastest time in school history as they placed third in the event at the Razorback Invitational on Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Complex. Action continues on Saturday with a start time of 11 a.m.
Following the first day of action at the Razorback Invitational, Arkansas leads the women’s field with 84 points and Texas A&M is currently second with 54. They are followed by Florida State (43.5), Florida (37), Tulsa (18), Texas (18), Oklahoma (17.5), Oklahoma State (14) and Stanford (4).
On the men’s side Shavez Hart and Prezel Hardy, Jr. placed second and third in the 200 meters. Hart clocked 20.91, moving to No. 10 on the Aggie all-time list, while Hardy produced a 20.98. Florida’s Arman Hall won the event with a 20.71 that just missed Hardy’s 2014 collegiate leading time of 20.70.
First day team scores for the men have the Razorbacks leading with 63.5 points with the Aggies in second place with 52.5 points. The rest of the field includes Florida State (27.5), Oklahoma (26.5), Florida (25), Oklahoma State (17), Tulsa (17), Texas (13) and Stanford (10).
The Aggie distance medley foursome consisted of Grace Fletcher (3:33.17, 1200m), Shamier Little (53.59, 400m), Aliese Hyde (2:12.24, 800m) and Hillary Montgomery (4:54.66, 1600m).
Their time of 11:33.65 placed third behind an 11:22.16 for Texas and an 11:32.20 for Arkansas. It was the second fastest mark in A&M history, trailing only the Aggie school record of 11:29.89 set in 2012 and included current A&M athletes Kamaria Brown and Hyde.
When Fletcher completed her led the Aggies were in fourth place. They moved up to third following Little’s effort. Then Hyde promptly moved into the lead within the first 100m of her relay leg. After falling back into second place with a lap remaining on her 800m carry, Hyde regained the lead when she gave the baton to Montgomery for the anchor leg.
In sprint events the Aggie women fared well in the 200 meter final while advancing all six sprinters to the semifinal of the 60 meters.
Ashton Purvis led three A&M scorers in the women’s 200 by placing third with a 23.42. Florida’s Kyra Jefferson won the event in 23.06 over Regine Williams of Arkansas, who clocked the same time but was 0.006 of a second slower than Jefferson. Texas A&M’s Olivia Ekpone finished fifth in the race with a 23.72 while Ashley Collier placed sixth in 23.74.
LaQue Moen-Davis won the long jump with an effort of 19-11.75 (6.09) while additional points were added to the Aggie team score with Jennifer Madu placing fifth (19-6) and Jena Hemann taking sixth (17-8).
In the women’s high jump Kara Erickson placed second as she cleared 5-5. Brittany Wooten finished third in the pole vault, clearing her three heights in the event on the first attempt. Her highest clearance was 13-0.25 (3.97) and then she missed on three attempts at a personal best of 13-4.25 (4.07).
Third place was earned by Olabanji Asekun in the men’s long jump with a mark of 24-3.75 (7.41) as well as Clifton Harlin in the pole vault with a 15-11 (4.85) clearance. Devion Harris tied for third place in the high jump with a height of 6-9 (2.06).
In the men’s distance medley relay the Aggies placed third in 9:52.39 with the foursome of Isaac Spencer (2:59.27), Greg Coleman (48.12), Hector Hernandez (1:50.60) and Cameron Villarreal (4:14.42). Oklahoma State passed Arkansas on the final lap for the victory in 9:39.00 with the Razorbacks second with a 9:41.54 while Texas placed fourth behind A&M in 10:01.38.
Running the 5,000 meters had Austin Wells (14:39.34) finishing second in the men’s race with Ryan Miller (15:01.48) in third while Gabby Salazar (17:25.86) placed fourth in the women’s race.
In qualifying races all six Aggie women advanced to the semifinals of the 60 meters. Ekpone led qualifying with a 7.30 that matched her personal best set last weekend. Madu was second to Ekpone in the second heat with a 7.35.
Aaliyah Brown set a career best of 7.35 for second place in the first heat of the 60, moving to No. 9 on the Aggies all-time list, with India Daniels fifth with a 7.60. In the final heat Regine Williams of Arkansas won in 7.32 with Collier second in 7.34 and Purvis fourth with a 7.47.
Two of the three A&M sprinters in the men’s 60 advanced to the final. Michael Bryan claimed a heat win over Hardy as they clocked times of 6.78 and 6.79. Jermaine Davis finished second in another heat with a 6.94 and did not advance to the final.