COLLEGE STATION - The nationally ranked Aggies host their
final home meet of the indoor season with the Texas A&M Invitational on
Saturday at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium. Visiting teams in the scored meet include
Cal State Northridge, Houston, Rice, TCU, Texas State and UTEP. Track events
will start at 2 p.m. while field events begin at noon.
The A&M men remained ranked No. 3 nationally after
winning a second consecutive team title at the Armory Collegiate Invitational
in New York City last weekend. The Aggie women remained ranked No. 6 following
a tie for fifth place with Arkansas and Connecticut at the Armory meet.
This A&M Invitational will see a majority of the
Aggie squad in action as the team prepares for the SEC Indoor Championships,
which will be held Feb. 22-24 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
There will also be a mix of Olympic development events
featuring pro athletes, including former Texas A&M NCAA champions in
Fabrice Lapierre, who will contest the long jump, Jessica Beard (400m) and
Dominique Duncan (60m). The women's Olympic development mile will feature 2011 NCAA
5,000m champ Jackie Areson of Tennessee.
A&M's Casey Strong is currently riding a five-meet winning
streak in the weight throw, having set his fourth school record with an
improvement to 66-9.75 (20.36) this past weekend. Strong has improved his 2012
best of 61-10.25 by nearly five feet over the course of his winning streak this
Brea Garrett returns to the weight throw ring at Gilliam,
where she broke a 13-year-old record in the Aggies last home meet with a toss
of 64-7 (19.68) to better the 63-6 mark set by Meshelle Trotter in 2000.
The Aggie men will have a solid contingent in the 400
with Carlyle Roudette, Bralon Taplin, Ricky Babineaux and Greg Coleman.
Meanwhile, current world leader Deon Lendore will be on the A&M 4 x 400
Defending NCAA 200m champion Ameer Webb faces teammate
Prezel Hardy, Jr. in the same section of the 200 on Saturday as they square off
against the TCU tandem of Charles Silmon and Sam Watts. Depth in the event for
A&M includes Aldrich Bailey, Jr. and Michael Bryan in another heat of the
200. This same group of sprinters will also contest the 60 meters.
In the women's sprints Kamaria Brown and Ashley Collier
are featured in the same section of the 200. The Aggie sprint crew also
includes Olivia Ekponé, LaKeidra Stewart, Jennifer Madu, Chandrell Stephens,
Ibukun Mayungbe and India Daniels in the one lap race. Most of that group will
join Ashton Purvis in the 60 meters as well.
LaQue Moen-Davis continues to improve in the jumping
events. She will triple jump again this weekend after winning the event in New
York City with a best of 42-0.75 (12.82). Joining her in the event are
teammates Jennifer Madu, Jordan Wilson, Melissa Mays and Haley Gooch. Moen-Davis
will also run in the 60 hurdles along with Donique' Flemings and Jena Hemann.
Henry Lelei just missed his school record in winning the
3,000 meters at the Armory. He races over that distance again this weekend with
a slew of teammates. C.J. Brown will lead a crew of Aggies in the mile, which
includes Colin Slattery, MacLean O'Donnell and Juan Blanco.
Following improved times in 5,000 last weekend the
A&M tandem of Hillary Montgomery and Grace Fletcher will drop down to the
mile and race with teammates Laura Craig and Johanna Galloway. Gabby Salazar,
Tara Upshaw and Heather Sterling will contest the 3,000 meters.