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Three Aggie victories highlight first day of Stanford Invitational

April 04, 2014
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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STANFORD – Three victories highlighted Friday’s action for Texas A&M on the first day of the 30th annual Stanford Invitational. Shamier Little won the 400 hurdles while LaQue Moen-Davis and Olabanji Asekun claimed the long jump titles. The Aggies also produced four runner-up performances from Brea Garrett in the shot put, Brittany Wooten in the pole vault, Shavez Hart in the 100 meters and Dalton Rowan in the discus.

Little produced an impressive early season time of 57.58 to dominate the 400 hurdles, winning the event convincingly over a runner-up time of 59.66 by Fresno State’s Kyra Johnson and a third-place effort of 60.01 from Washington’s Gianna Woodruff.

While just missing her career best of 57.44 in the hurdles from the 2012 USATF Junior Championships, Little moves to No. 3 on the A&M all-time list. Little is now ahead of Anjanette Kirkland (57.75), Donique’ Flemings (57.76) and Jennifer Williams (57.77) on the all-time list and trails only the school record of 55.24 set in 1998 by Rosa Jolivet and a 56.44 from Andrea Sutherland.

“It’s very exciting to run near my PR that I ran at end of season in 2012,” said Little. “It definitely gives me a lot more confidence of what I can do this season. I know I can get faster. Running 51 indoors gave me an indication of what I would be able to do in the hurdles. I’m so happy to be that high on the all-time list at Texas A&M.”

For the 2014 season Little is the third fastest American, behind a 56.60 by Kentucky’s Kendra Harrison and a 57.06 by Landria Buckley that were both set at the Florida Relays this weekend. Little currently leads the world junior list for 2014, topping a 58.20 run by Jamaican Genekee Leith at the end of March.

The Aggies swept the Invitational long jumps as Asekun claimed the men’s title with a wind-aided 25-7.25 (7.80, 2.2 wind) and Moen-Davis captured the women’s title with a 20-7 (6.27). Finishing behind Moen-Davis was Fresno State’s Je’Nia Sears (20-5) while teammate Melissa Mays placed fifth with an 18-8.5 mark.

Asekun opened the long jump with a 23-10.75 (7.28) and then had four consecutive fouls before producing the winning effort in round six. He moved from third to first and bettered the field by a decent margin as Bracin Skywalker finished second at 24-10.5 while A&M teammate Jonathan Turner (21-7.25) was ninth in the men’s long jump.

In the men’s 100 final Shavez Hart placed second with a 10.32 (1.7 wind) behind a 10.22 for Merritt’s Kemarley Brown’s 10.22. Ruben Williams finished third in 10.46.

Brittany Wooten pole vaulted in the morning rain, clearing 12-6.25 (3.82) for second place. The clearance initially placed Wooten in a tie for first place with Chico State’s Kasey Barnett. When both missed three attempts at 13-4.25 (4.07) then a jump-off at 12-10.75 (3.93) was needed. Barnett cleared for the win.

Brea Garrett, who will make her 2014 debut in the hammer tomorrow, placed second in the Invitational shot put with a mark of 49-7.75 (15.13) to finish behind a 50-5.50 for Nevada’s Kerri Simmons.

Devin Bogert finished fourth in the Invitational javelin with a throw of 223-4 (68.07). Chase Wolfle cleared 16-3.25 (4.96) for fourth place in the Invitational pole vault, where 16-9.25 (5.11) was the winning height.

In the men’s 3,000m steeplechase Isaac Spencer ran 8:53.70 to place ninth in a fast field while former Aggie distance runner Henry Lelei placed sixth in 8:50.14.

Devion Harris and Sam McSwain both cleared 6-7 (2.01) in the high jump. Misses determined places with Harris tying for fourth while McSwain placed seventh.

Ibukun Mayungbe finished sixth in the women’s 400 with a 54.87. India Daniels finished seventh in the women’s 100 final with an 11.94. Jennifer Madu did not run the final after leading qualifiers with a 11.76.

Ashley Chamberlain led her section of the 1500 for a majority of the race and finished second with a time of 4:35.55 as Yale’s Emily Waligurski claimed the win in the final 20 meters of the race. Cameron Villarreal ran a 3:51.42 for ninth in a section of the men’s 1500 while Ryan Teel finished eighth in his section of the 1500 with a 3:57.80.

In the women’s javelin Jena Hemann’s mark of 130-5 (39.75) placed eighth. A leap of 17-10.75 placed Jordan Wilson sixth in the collegiate long jump. Sierra Patrick cleared 5-5 to tie for fifth in the high jump while Hemann tied for 11th with a 5-3 clearance.

Aggie freshmen competing in the hammer made the A&M all-time list. Alison Ondrusek placed 10th in the Invitational division with a 172-11 (52.70) and is No. 3 on the all-time list with the No. 7 performance. Austin Cook placed 14th in the collegiate hammer with a toss of 167-6 (51.06), which places him eighth on the Aggie all-time list.

Aggies currently in second place at Razorback Invitational
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