BATON ROUGE – Texas A&M, with the men ranked No. 2 nationally and the women No. 3, makes a return trip to Bernie Moore Stadium on the LSU campus as they compete in a scored meet with four other schools at the LSU Invitational on Saturday.
The Aggies and Tigers are part of the field that also includes Florida, Miami and Mississippi. Field events begin at 9:30 a.m. while running events start at noon. The top six finishers in each event will earn points for their team within a 10-8-6-4-2-1 scoring system.
Florida men enter the meet ranked No. 1 with the Gator women ranked No. 2. LSU squads are ranked No. 7 for the women and No. 10 for the men while Mississippi comes in ranked No. 16 for the men.
While the four SEC schools at the LSU Invitational wrap up the regular season prior to the conference championships in Lexington, Kentucky from May 15-18, Miami has already contested the ACC Championships, where the women finished third and the men placed ninth.
Three Aggie athletes who received honors during Texas A&M Athletics’ Building Champions Awards earlier this week will be in action at LSU. Shavez Hart and Shamier Little each earned Newcomer of the Year awards and Deon Lendore shared the men’s Athlete of the Year with Johnny Manziel.
Little will contest the 100 hurdles, 200 meters and 4x400 relay. Hart is scheduled to run the 100 and 4x100 relay while Lendore is in the line-up for the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
This is the first meeting between A&M and Florida since the Texas Relays in late March. A pair of anticipated match-ups includes the 4x100 and 110 hurdles.
In the men’s 4x100 at the Texas Relays the Gators and Aggies set the top times in the nation with a 38.29 and 38.30, respectively, as they finished first and second. In the 110 hurdles A&M’s Wayne Davis II and Florida’s Eddie Lovett both clocked a 13.45w with Davis claiming the victory when the times went to a thousandth of a second – 13.442 to 13.448.
The 200 meters will likely feature interesting showdowns among the SEC schools with 18 sprinters entered in the women’s race and 21 entered in the men’s field. A&M entrants in the women’s race include Aaliyah Brown, Kamaria Brown, India Daniels, Little, Ibukun Mayungbe and Ashton Purvis. Aggie men scheduled to run include Michael Bryan, Jermaine Davis, Prezel Hardy, Jr. and Hart.
Josh Hernandez (1:49.71) takes on Andres Arroyo (1:47.57) in the 800 while A&M teammates in the two-lap race include Gaines Kinsey, Brett Schmit and Tarik Tyler. The women’s race has the Aggie duo of Ashley Chamberlain and Katie Willard racing. Hector Hernandez, who has the top A&M time in the 800, will race over 400 meters this weekend with Deon Hickey and Carlyle Roudette.
Another deep event of entries for the A&M men includes the 1,500 with a crew of six. Coming off a runner-up finish in the Penn Relays steeplechase Isaac Spencer will run in the 1,500 with teammates Cameron Villarreal, Austin Wells, Schmit, Aaron Murray and Micah Dettmer.
The men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase will be a race among five Aggies with Elliott Farris, Ausitn Geerts, Colin Stoeber, Ryan Teel and Dylan Williams competing. Hanna Galloway races in the women’s steeple for A&M.
Field event action will have Brittany Wooten in the pole vault, where she set a career best of 13-5.75 (4.11) to win the event at the Texas State Bobcat Classic last week. LaQue Moen-Davis joins Little in the 100 hurdle field and will be one of three Aggies in long jump along with Jennifer Madu and Melissa Mays. A&M will also have three entrants in the triple jump with Mays, Haley Gooch and Jordan Wilson.
Having cleared 7-1 in consecutive weeks, Devion Harris returns to the venue where he cleared a career best of 7-1.5 (2.17) to place third at the LSU Alumni Gold two weeks ago. Olabanji Asekun, with a best of 25-7.25w (7.80) this season, faces a strong field in the long jump with post collegian Jeremy Hicks (27-0w), Florida’s Marquis Dendy (26-0.25) and Ricky Robertson (25-0.75) of Mississippi.
Kendall Munoz improved her season best in the javelin to 155-1 (47.26) as the top collegian in San Marcos last weekend while teammate Krystyn Bradley set a best of 145-1 (44.22). The field at LSU includes Florida’s duo of Marija Vucenovic, who is the second best collegian this season with a mark of 186-1 (56.73), and Fawn Miller (173-6).
Dalton Rowan challenges LSU’s Rodney Brown on his home turf again. Joining Rowan in the field is an Aggie crew of Jeff Bartlett, Ben Skrla and Daniel Martin. Jill Hydrick will throw in the women’s discus while the hammer features a pair of A&M frosh in Alison Ondrusek in the women’s field and Austin Cook in the men’s field.