BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Following stellar performances at the Texas Tech Invitational, Texas A&M track & field’s Tyra Gittens and Bryce Deadmon earned weekly honours.
Gittens earned United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week honours after registering a school-record 4,612 points to win the pentathlon at the Texas Tech Invitational. She checked in with the third-best pentathlon performance in collegiate history.
It was the second week in a row an Aggie was recognized with the honour after Athing Mu broke a 40-year-old collegiate record in the 600m on Jan. 23.
Gittens started the competition winning the 60m hurdles with a personal best time of 8.33, tied for No. 11 on the Aggie all-time performer list. She followed with a school record in the high jump at 1.91m, an NCAA-leading clearance. The junior continued to claim victories in the shot put (12.94m) and long jump (6.58m), before finishing with the 800m at 2:30.86.
“She’s worked really hard and all that work is starting to pay off,” Head coach Pat Henry said. “This is a very deserving award for her because she had some outstanding performances, she’s looking real good.”
The multi-athlete also earned SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week for her efforts.
Deadmon was named the SEC Co-Runner of the Week after his strong showing at the invitational. He clocked an NCAA-leading 400m time of 45.29 to win the event. His time is No. 2 in the world behind Aggie pro Fred Kerley’s 45.03.
“Bryce is about the most consistent athlete we have right now,” Henry said. “He’s done a great job. He’s turning into a leader amongst the group. Every time he gets on the track he just keeps getting a little bit better, it’s great to see him receive this honour.”
The speedster became the fourth-best performer in Texas A&M history behind Kerley (44.85), Deon Lendore (45.03) and Mylik Kerley (45.16).
It is the second time this season Deadmon has earned an SEC weekly honour.
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