COLLEGE STATION – Action for the Aggie men during Friday’s Texas A&M Team Invitational had them sweeping the top three places in the distance medley relay, breaking the previous meet record set by A&M two years ago.
A full Texas A&M squad will compete on Saturday during a nine-team Texas A&M Team Invitational with finals starting at2 p.m. Live results from the meet are available at www.flashresults.com while a live webcast via the SEC Network + will be available here – http://es.pn/1tKZ9Qy.
Sam Houston State claimed both team titles during the Texas A&M 13-Team Invitational at Gilliam Indoor. The Bearkat men scored 107.5 points while the women tallied 121.5 points.
The top five men’s teams trailing Sam Houston included Louisiana-Lafayette (79), North Texas (76), Texas A&M-Kingsville (65) and Louisiana-Monroe (47). In the women’s team score the top five schools behind Sam Houston were North Texas (79), Lamar (59), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (55), Northwestern State (53.83) and McNeese State (48.33).
Running on the winning distance medley relay for the Aggies were Aaron Murray, Kohl Anderson, Ryan Teel and Cameron Villarreal. With two laps remaining on the anchor leg of 1,600 meters Villarreal moved from fourth to first place and cruised to the victory as he ran a split of 4:07.9. Winning with a time of 9:54.04 the Aggies broke the meet record of 9:57.03 set in 2013.
Murray opened with a 3:01.9 on the 1,200m leg while Anderson posted a 49.8 over his 400m carry. In the 800m leg Teel clocked 1:54.5.
Isaac Spencer anchored the third A&M crew to a runner-up finish in 9:56.96. He moved up from sixth place with two laps remaining and slid into second place on the final lap. Spencer split 4:07.6 on his 1,600m leg. The first three legs of the squad included Colin Slattery (3:03.9), Aikan Graham (48.0) and Brett Schmit (1:57.4).
The first Aggie unit held the lead going into the anchor leg and finished third at the end of the race with a 10:00.01 clocking. The squad included Josh Hernandez (3:01.9), Tarik Tyler (48.8), Gaines Kinsey (1:52.5) and Hector Hernandez (4:16.8).
Jeff Bartlett claimed top honors in the shot put with a career best of 55-11 (17.04), which came in the sixth and final round. The mark moved him from third place into first. A&M decathlete Daniel Martin finished 23rd with a toss of 36-11.75.
A group of Aggie heptathletes contested the shot put on Friday. Leading the crew was Shaina Burns with a mark of 42-8.25 (13.01) in eighth place, while Jena Hemann finished 11th with a toss of 40-5.5 (12.33). The trio of Annie Kunz (37-1.25), Ashtin Zamzow (35-6.75) and Lauren Bedrich (34-11.75) placed 20-22-23 in the event.
Kunz also cleared 5-3.75 to tie for seventh place in the high jump and ran 9.30 in the prelims of the 60 hurdles to finish fourth in her heat.
In the final event held Friday evening, Juan Castellano ran 15:26.59 in the men’s 5,000 meters to place sixth among the teams competing Saturday and 11th overall.