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Lamara Distin Claims 2021 Jamaica National High Jump Championship

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s and women’s track & field teams concluded the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships (SEC) winning two event titles, including Brandon Miller setting an American collegiate 800m record Saturday night at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.

Miller defended his SEC 800m title with a record setting time of 1:45.24. The sophomore broke the American collegiate record and Texas A&M school record previously held by Devin Dixon (1:45.27). The time also set an SEC Championships meet record and is currently second fastest in the world in 2022. Miller also became the fourth fastest American indoors all-time and is the third Aggie to rank in the top five. Donavan Brazier holds the American record at 1:44.21, while Devin Dixon is No. 5 at 1:45.27.

The victory marked the fifth consecutive indoor 800m title claimed by the Maroon & White, following Dixon’s three-peat beginning in 2018.

Lamara Distin claimed the lone women’s title on day two winning the high jump at a clearance of 6-3.25/1.91m, the third best performance in Aggie history. Distin now owns two of the top three performances indoors in Aggie history at 1.91m and 6-3.5/1.92m.

Carter Bajoit finished the day with All-SEC honors after placing third in the men’s high jump at 6-11/2.11m.

The women’s 4x400m relay of Laila Owens, Tierra Robinson-Jones, Syaira Richardson and Charokee Young combined to run 3:25.43 to finish second. The quartet bettered the school record time of 3:26.27, which stood as the collegiate record since the 2021 NCAA Championships.

In the team standings, the Texas A&M women’s team finished seventh with 48 points, while the men’s team scored 42 points for ninth place.

Next Up

NCAA qualifiers take a week off from competition before heading to Birmingham, Alabama, for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 11-12.

Texas A&M Scorers

Points – Athlete – Event (Place)

12 – Deborah Acquah – Long Jump (2nd), Triple Jump (5th)

11.25 – Brandon Miller – 800m (1st), 4x400m (4th)

10 – Zach Davis – Pole Vault (1st)

10 – Lamara Distin – High Jump (1st)

7 – Charokee Young – 400m (4th), 4x400m (2nd)

6.25 – Emmanuel Bamidele – 400m (5th), 4x400m (4th)

6 – Carter Bajoit – High Jump (3rd)

4 – Laila Owens – 200m (7th), 4x400m (2nd)

3 – Kaylah Robinson – 60m Hurdles (6th)

3 – Eric Casarez – 5000m (6th)

3 – Devon Achane – 60m (7th), 200m (8th)

2.25 – Chevannie Hanson – 400m (8th), 4x400m (4th)

2 – Bailey Goggans – 800m (7th)

2 – Spencer Simons – Pole Vault (7th)

2 – Tierra Robinson-Jones – 4x400m (2nd)

2 – Syaira Richardson – 4x400m (2nd)

1.25 – Omajuwa Etiwe – 4x400m (4th)

1 – Zhane Smith – 60m (8th)

1 – Emmanuel Yeboah – 60m (8th)

1 – Heather Abadie – Pole Vault (8th)

.75 – Gemma Goddard – DMR (5th)

.75 – Kennedy Wade – DMR (5th)

.75 – Avi’ Tal WIlson-Perteete – DMR (5th)

.75 – Annie Fuller – DMR (5th)

Texas A&M Quotes

Head Coach Pat Henry

on SEC and NCAA Championships, scholarship disadvantages…

“We competed well today. We gave up one or two points in a few events, but overall we did some really good things. I think that it’s about the next meet too, it’s not just about this meet. On the ladies side, we’ve got a high jumper leading the country and we’ve got a half-miler leading the nation on the men’s side. We also have two relays in the mix and a pair of quarter-milers on both sides. I think we can score close to the same as we did here. We just don’t have the necessary depth at SECs. Everybody knows that coming in here, Arkansas is gonna win the track meet because they have more opportunity for scholarships than any of us. I don’t want to keep repeating it, but that’s the way it is. You come into this meet wanting to improve on what we did. Let’s get better and we did that today. Some good things are going to happen.”

on Competing in Gilliam for the final time and what memories will be remembered…

“That group of four ladies tonight will be a good memory because we ran faster tonight than when we ran with Athing Mu. I don’t think anybody thought we would do that, and we did. That’s a good group of people. Winning the national championship here on the last straight away. All the things that we’ve done here will stick in my mind forever.”

SEC Champion Brandon Miller

on Breaking Devin Dixon’s American Collegiate record and school record…

“My mindset was to not rob God of any of the glory that He deserves today. I just wanted to go out there and make a statement. I believe that I’m one of the best in the nation and I’m striving to be the best ever. So, why not me? I just wanted to go out there and make a statement. To break Devin Dixon’s record means the world. I remember watching him when I was in high school and to finally get on the stage and be able to break his record meant a lot.”

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Anthony Foster
Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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