Texas A&M Women’s Basketball Beat Auburn at SEC Tournament

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Courtney Williams led a balanced attack with 14 points to lead No. 18 Texas A&M, the fifth seeded, to a 57-47 win over 13th-seeded Auburn in the second round of the SEC tournament on Thursday.

Achiri Ade, Courtney Walker and Chelsea Jennings each added 10 points for the Aggies (23-8), who face fourth-seeded LSU on Friday.

Tra’Cee Tanner scored 14 points, Katie Frerking had 13 with 10 rebounds and Brandy Montgomery scored 13 for the Tigers (13-18).

Texas A&M used a 9-0 run, capped by a three-point play by Curtyce Knox, to take a 22-10 lead at the 6:58 mark. Auburn scored the last eight points of the half to cut the deficit to 26-22, despite shooting 35.5 percent, missing all seven of its 3-pointers and not getting to the foul line.

The Tigers got within three early in the second half but a 10-0 Aggies run provided some breathing room. Auburn finished 1 for 13 behind the arc and 2 of 6 at the foul line.

Police Investigating Texans’ Swearinger for Car Incident

HOUSTON (AP) _ Authorities say Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger drove off from a business without paying for nearly $20,0000 worth of customization work on his truck, though it could simply be a “misunderstanding.”

Harris County sheriff’s deputies were called to Espi Motor Sports on Monday night after Swearinger left with the business didn’t provide an itemized list of the auto detailing services, sheriff’s office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland said Thursday.

Gilliland says prosecutors are investigating the case of theft of service, but the situation looks like it’s “going to be a misunderstanding.”

The customizations allegedly include a $500 train horn, a $5,000 vehicle wrap and its installation and a $1,250 grill.

Swearinger couldn’t immediately be reached for comment and the Texans had no comment. The incident was first reported by TMZ.

Rangers’ Darvish Leaves Spring Debut with Triceps Tightness

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) _ Rangers ace Yu Darvish left his spring training debut with tightness in his right triceps Thursday after pitching a scoreless first inning against Kansas City.

Darvish gave up a leadoff single to Alcides Escobar before retiring the next three batters he faced. He threw 10 of 12 pitches for strikes before leaving for precautionary reasons.

A Rangers spokesman said he would be reevaluated Friday.

An All-Star each of his first three seasons, Darvish was 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA last year before missing most of the final two months with elbow inflammation. He also missed the end of spring training and the start of last season with neck stiffness.

Lee Pitches 2 Easy Innings in Phillies’ 6-3 Loss to Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ Cliff Lee pitched two scoreless innings in his first spring start before Luis Valbuena, Robbie Grossman and Marwin Gonzalez homered for the Houston Astros in a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

Lee, the 36-year-old 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner, pitched for the first time since being sidelined by an elbow injury on July 31. He gave up two hits.

Astros starter Collin McHugh pitched two shutout innings. Mark Appel, the first overall pick by Houston in the 2013 draft, gave up one run in two innings in his first appearance against major league hitters.

Valbuena, the third baseman acquired from the Chicago Cubs, homered off Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez in his second at-bat with the Astros.

Grossman had two hits and scored twice. He led off the Houston fifth with a home run off Phillippe Aumont and Gonzalez followed with another homer.

Sumrall Wins SEC Rider of the Month Honors

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M equestrian senior Laura Sumrall’s successes in reining in the past three meets earned her SEC February Rider of the Month honors, the Southeastern Conference office announced today.

The Summit, Miss., native went 2-1 on the month, which brought her win tally to ten for the season. This is the senior’s second consecutive season with double digit victories.

Sumrall had wins against No. 2 South Carolina and No. 3 Georgia, winning by a combined 7.5 points. Her victory against South Carolina was part of a five-win sweep by the Aggies that allowed the team to clinch the overall victory. Sumrall’s only loss this month came was a 3.5 point decision against then No. 1 Baylor, which was also her only loss on the 2014-15 season.

The senior leads the team in wins and win percent and her 10-1 record is her best start to a season during her four years in the Maroon & White. Sumrall is a leader to her teammates on and off the field of competition.

“I am very proud of Laura for her leadership and her success,” said head coach Tana McKay. “She has been a great influence on this team.”

The eighth-ranked Aggies (6-5, 2-3 SEC) return home on Saturday, March 14, to host No. 7 Auburn in their final regular season meet of the year. The Aggies are currently 6-0 at home, including two victories over SEC foes.

To learn more about Texas A&M equestrian, log on to 12thMan.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.

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A-Rod is Back

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Alex Rodriguez made his return to the playing field on
Wednesday, going 1-for-2 with a walk in an exhibition game between the Yankees
and Phillies in Tampa, Florida. The game was his first in 17 months following a
drug suspension for the entire 2014 season. He was greeted by a 10-second
mixture of cheers and boos.

Adrian Peterson Meets With Vikings

UNDATED (AP) _ Vikings general manager Rick Spielman  and head
coach Mike Zimmer spent about four hours at Adrian Peterson’s home north of
Houston yesterday. This was the first meeting they’ve had with Peterson since
the running back was placed on the exempt list in mid-September following his
indictment in a child abuse case involving his 4-year-old son. Peterson is still
under contract with the Vikings, and the team has said they’ll welcome him back
once he’s fully reinstated by the NFL, but only if Peterson wants to be there.

Peyton Manning Will Return For 18th season

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) _ Peyton Manning will return for a fourth season in
Denver and 18th in the NFL. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The
Associated Press that Manning will reduce his salary from $19 million to $15
million in 2015. The five-time MVP mulled retirement after the Broncos’ playoff
loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Lone Star NBA

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Kawhi Leonard had 21 points as the San Antonio Spurs beat
the Sacramento Kings 112-85 last night. Tony Parker added 19 points and three
assists while guiding the Spurs to 53 percent shooting. San Antonio had five
players in double figures and everyone scored. DeMarcus Cousins had 14 points
for the Kings.

HOUSTON (AP) _ Marc Gasol made a jumper with 0.1 seconds left to give the
Memphis Grizzlies a 102-100 victory over the Houston Rockets last night. Gasol
blocked James Harden’s layup with 6.4 seconds left to give the Grizzlies the
ball back for his winner. Gasol finished with 21 points. James Harden scored 18
in his return after a one-game suspension for kicking LeBron James on Sunday.

No. 11 Aggies Baseball Head to Minute Maid Park for the 2015 Houston College Classic

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - The No. 11 Texas A&M Aggies head to Minute Maid Park for the 2015 Houston College Classic where they will face three former conference foes in the tournament, including former Big 12 colleague Nebraska on Friday, former SWC mate Houston on Saturday and former Big 12 and SWC counterpart Baylor on Sunday. It marks A&M’s eighth trip to the tournament. The Aggies own an 11-10 record in the tournament play going 2-1 on four occasions and 1-2 three times. At the tournament, the Aggies are 4-3 against Houston, 3-4 against Rice and 4-3 against outside entities, including 2-0 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 1-0 vs. Tennessee, 1-0 vs. UC Irvine, 0-1 vs. Arizona State, 0-1 vs North Carolina and 0-1 vs. Utah.


SCHEDULE - Friday – 3:35 pm (Nebraska)  •  Saturday – 7:05 pm (Houston)  • Sunday – 2:35 pm (Baylor)

No. 18 A&M Women’s Hoops At SEC Tournament This Afternoon

No. 18 Texas A&M looks to start a postseason run as it opens the SEC Tournament at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock.

The game is televised on SEC Network, with Cara Capuano and Gail Goestenkors on the call, and Steffi Sorensen reporting on the sidelines. Authenticated users can also access the game via WatchESPN on their computers, tablets and mobile phones.

A&M will face the winner of Wednesday’s 4 p.m. tilt between Florida and Auburn, which is televised on SEC Network as well. A&M beat both teams during the regular season at Reed Arena, downing Auburn 78-45 and knocking off Florida 66-46.

Texas A&M is 16-4 in conference tournament games since 2008, with three tournament championships, and the Aggies are 4-1 in SEC Tournament games, with the 2013 SEC Tournament title to their name.

The Aggies will lean on First-Team All-SEC selection Courtney Walker and Second-Team All-SEC selection Courtney Williams to carry the load in the SEC Tournament. Walker has a career 18.0 point average in the SEC Tournament, and was named to the All-SEC Tournament team in 2014. Williams averages 11.0 points in her career during the SEC Tournament, including a 22-point performance against Tennessee in last season’s semifinal.

A win by A&M in the second round sends the Aggies to the quarterfinals for the 10th straight season, where they would face LSU at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Friday, March 6.

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Aggies Run Win Streak to 13, Top Dallas Baptist 7-5

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies had another win in comeback fashion to beat the Dallas Baptist Patriots, 7-5, Tuesday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The back-and-forth contest saw the Patriots erase two different Aggie leads but  A&M would claw back both times highlighted by a four-run fourth.

Texas A&M (13-0) got the scoring started in the bottom of the first. Blake Allemand tripled high off the right field wall and would come around to score on a groundout to short from Mitchell Nau.

Dallas Baptist (6-2) answered back in the top of the second with a solo shot from David Martinelli that sailed high over the right-center wall.  It was Martinelli’s third homer on the season and tied the game at 1-1.

The Patriots took the lead for the first time in the fourth inning. The frame started with a single from Justin Wall. He moved to second after Martinelli was hit by a pitch and made it to third on a deep fly ball from Trooper Reynolds. Wall found his way home as the Aggies tried to catch Martinelli stealing second. The double steal gave DBU a 2-1 lead.

The Aggies outmatched the Patriots with a huge fourth inning of their own. With one out, Nau and Hunter Melton connected on consecutive singles. This brought an end to the night for starting pitcher Jay Calhoun who had retired 10 in a row before the back-to-back singles. Nick Banks doubled off new pitcher Chase Adams plating both runners, giving the Maroon and White a 3-2 lead. Logan Taylor would extend the lead with a two-run dinger. It was Taylor’s fifth home of the season, and it sent A&M ahead 5-2.

Dallas Baptist responded quickly to the Aggies’ rally with two runs in the top of the fifth. Nash Knight got the inning started with a single and was later plated by Camden Duzenack’s single to the right. After a single by Wall knocked in Duzenack to cut the A&M lead to 5-4, the Ags would bring in reliever Kyle Simonds ending Turner Larkins night.  Larkins (1-0) went 4.2 innings, fanning five and giving up four runs, three of them being earned.

The back-and-forth night would continue as the Patriots evened the score in the seventh, 5-5. With runners on the corners, Martinelli singled off reliever Ty Schlottmann sending Duzenack home with the equalizer.  The Patriots would go onto to load the bases with one out but reliever Andrew Vinson was brought in and retired the final two batters, keeping the score tied.

The tie didn’t last long as the Aggies would take the lead for the third time in the bottom half of the inning. The rally started with a walk to G.R. Hinsley. Hinsley was retired when Michael Barash’s sacrifice bunt attempt was pounced on by DBU catcher Daniel Salters who sent a rifle to second base.  A single by Allemand and a wild pitch put runners on the corners for Ryne Birk. The Aggie second baseman poked a single to leftfield, knocking in Barash with the go-ahead run. A Nau walk would load the bases and Melton worked a bases-loaded walk, scoring Allemand and extending the Aggie lead to 7-5.

Ryan Hendrix was brought in the eight and got the Aggies out of a jam with an inning-ending double play. He came back in the ninth inning and completed the save, his third of the season. He gave up one hit in the ninth but another double play would end the game and extend the Aggies perfect season to 13-0.

Vinson (1-0) who was brought in during the seventh earned the win giving him his first win of the season.

Dallas Baptist reliever Drew Smith (0-1) was saddled with the loss after surrendering two runs in the seventh inning and giving the Aggies their final lead of the game.

Allemand had another nice night going 2-for-4 extending his hitting five with a triple and two runs scored.  Nick Bank went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a pair of doubles bringing his season average up to .444.

The Aggies will take their undefeated record to Minute Maid Park for the 2015 Houston College Classic. They open the tournament Friday with a 3:35 pm game against Nebraska.

Texas A&M Quotes

Head coach Rob Childress
On finishing the homestand 13-0…
“We’ve learned a lot about the team. We have come ready to play every game. We haven’t taken any team lightly. We have 15 guys who are capable of producing at the plate and we have lot of guys who get things done on the mound. Now we’ll see how they react when they are in an unfamiliar surroundings.”

On the win…
“This was a good win over a good team. Dallas Baptist has the talent and coaching to make a deep run in tournament play. They were a great test for this team as we head into the meat of the schedule.”

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Jones, Walker, Williams Pick Up All-SEC Honors

Three Texas A&M women’s basketball players were honored with yearly SEC awards on Tuesday, as Courtney Walker was named to the SEC First Team, Courtney Williams was named to the SEC Second Team, and Jordan Jones was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to being named to the SEC Second Team and All-Defensive Team.

Jones becomes the second player in SEC history to win Defensive Player of the Year twice, and the first woman to win the award in back-to-back seasons. Prior to Jones, only Ole Miss’ Arminite Price had won the award twice (2004-05 and 2006-07). Jones was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team for the second straight year and was named Second Team All-SEC for the first time. Jones averaged 9.0 points, 6.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game this season before her injury on Feb. 26.

Walker was named First Team All-SEC for the second straight year, becoming just the fifth player at A&M to earn First Team All-Conference honors in back-to-back seasons, and is the only Aggie with two First Team All-SEC honors. Walker averaged a team-leading 14.8 points per game this season, and ranks ninth on A&M’s career scoring list. The Edmond, Okla., native earned SEC Player of the Week honors twice this season.

Williams was named to the SEC Second Team for the second straight year after averaging 14.3 points per game this season. Williams had five 20+ point scoring games this season, and concluded the year by scoring 11-or-more points in each of A&M’s last seven games.


First Team All-SEC

Makayla Epps, Kentucky
Danielle Ballard, LSU
Tia Faleru, Ole Miss
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina
A’ja Wilson, South Carolina
Cierra Burdick, Tennessee
Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee
Courtney Walker, Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC

Jessica Jackson, Arkansas
Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky
Jordan Frericks, Missouri
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
Alaina Coates, South Carolina
Jordan Jones, Texas A&M
Courtney Williams, Texas A&M


Haley Lorenzen, Florida
Mackenzie Engram, Georgia
Alexis Jennings, Kentucky
A’Queen Hayes, Ole Miss
Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
Morgan Williams, Mississippi State
A’ja Wilson, South Carolina
Rebekah Dahlman, Vanderbilt


Linnae Harper, Kentucky
Danielle Ballard, LSU
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State
Alaina Coates, South Carolina
Jordan Jones, Texas A&M

Co-Coaches of the Year: Vic Schaefer, Mississippi State / Dawn Staley, South Carolina
Player of the Year: Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
Freshman of the Year: A’ja Wilson, South Carolina
Defensive Player of the Year: Jordan Jones, Texas A&M
6th Woman of the Year: Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina

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Cowboys Put Franchise Tag Worth $12.8 Million on Dez Bryant

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Dez Bryant will get four more months to work on a long-term deal with the Cowboys and make $12.8 million next year after the team used its franchise tag on the star wide receiver.

Bryant led the NFL with a club-record 16 touchdowns in the final year of a rookie contract that paid $11.8 million over five years.

The 26-year-old Bryant was the fastest Dallas player to 300 career receptions and second-fastest to 50 touchdowns behind Bob Hayes.

The Cowboys also have to decide whether to re-sign running back DeMarco Murray after he had a league-leading 1,845 yards rushing in the final year of his contract. He becomes a free agent March 10.

Parsons and Chandler Will Sit for Mavs Against Pelicans

DALLAS (AP) _ Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons will miss Monday night’s game against New Orleans because of injuries, leaving the Mavericks without two of their frontcourt starters for the second straight game.

Chandler has a bruised left hip that kept him out of Saturday’s loss to Brooklyn, and Parsons will miss his fifth straight game after spraining his left ankle in a win over Houston.

Coach Rick Carlisle said Monday he was optimistic both could return when Dallas plays three games in four nights on the West Coast starting with Portland on Thursday night.

The 7-1 Chandler leads the Mavericks with 25 double-doubles and is an important defensive presence around the basket. Parsons is averaging 15.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Aggies Dismiss Volunteers, Move to 2-0 in SEC Play

COLLEGE STATION – The No. 9 Texas A&M men’s tennis team withstood frigid temperatures and a 14-hour weather delay to defeat the Tennessee Volunteers 4-1 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center Monday morning. The Aggies improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in SEC play while the Vols fell to 8-6 overall and 0-2 in league play.

“This was another important win for us at home,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “In this league you have to hold serve at home and try to steal a couple matches on the road. This seemed like an eternity to play this match with a rain delay and I know that these kinds of conditions are a drain on the team, but they faced the adversity and came out with a win.”

As play resumed Monday morning the Aggies were staked to a 1-0 lead after yesterday’s doubles results. The home team took the lead through wins from freshmen duo AJ Catanzariti and Arthur Rinderknech and juniors Harrison Adamsand Shane Vinsant. The junior duo tallied their third win over a top-5 opponent this spring defeating No. 3 and NCAA Doubles Champions Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese.

“Harry and Shane played really well yesterday and I knew they were excited to play the NCAA Champs from a season ago,” Denton added. “They have been playing very well this spring and they came out and played with a lot of intensity and confidence yesterday against a very talented doubles team from Tennessee.”

No. 65 Vinsant translated the doubles momentum onto the singles court claiming a win over Reese 6-3, 6-1 on court two. The A&M junior claimed his first win on court two and improved to 2-1 in dual matches this season.

Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Rinderknech continued his torrid play with his fifth straight win this spring, defeating Luis Valero 6-1, 6-3 on court four. The Frenchman is now 8-1 in the maroon and white and 1-0 in SEC play.

The Aggies clinched the win with No. 88 Catanzariti’s straight-set win on court five over Jess Jones. The A&M freshman paces the Aggies with 21 wins this year against just seven losses. The Pennsylvania native is now 2-0 SEC matches and 4-1 on court five.

“These two freshmen are growing up on the court for us,” Denton said. “They have been getting more comfortable in college tennis and it shows on the court. Both Arthur and AJ have been more aggressive  and confident on the court and that is exactly what we need from both of them moving forward.”

The Aggies will hit the road for the first time this season on a SEC road trip at No. 7 Georgia on Friday followed by a Sunday match up with No. 34 South Carolina.

Visit 12thMan.com for more information on Texas A&M men’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M men’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieMTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieMensTennis.

#9 Texas A&M 4, #56 Tennessee 1

Singles competition

1. #66 Jeremy Efferding (TAMU) vs. #15 Mikelis Libietis (UT) 4-6, 5-3 unfinished

2. #65 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Hunter Reese (UT) 6-3, 6-1

3. Jack Schipanski (UT) def. #39 Harrison Adams (TAMU) 6-1, 6-3

4. Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Luis Valero (UT) 6-1, 6-3

*5. #88 AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Jess Jones (UT) 6-2, 6-4

6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Brandon Fickey (UT) 5-7, 3-0 unfinished

Doubles competition

1. #8 Shane Vinsant/Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. #3 Hunter Reese/Mikelis Libietis (UT) 6-2

2. #22 Jeremy Efferding/Jordan Szabo (TAMU) vs. Luis Valero/Bartosz Sawicki (UT) 4-4, unfinished

3. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Jack Schipanski/Andrew Dromsky (UT) 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (3,2,4,5)

* Clinched the Match

Jimmy Johnson Winner In Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) _ Jimmie Johnson was the winner of yesterday’s Sprint Cup
race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The six-time Cup champion pulled away after
a final restart with 13 laps to go to get the win. The victory is the 71st of
Johnson’s career, and his fourth in Atlanta.

Aggie Women’s Basketball Drop to LSU And Are a 5th Seed Going Into SEC Tournament

BATON ROUGE, La.- The No. 12 Texas A&M women’s basketball team fell 80-63 at LSU on Sunday inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Aggies (23-7, 10-6) finish the Southeastern Conference season in a tie for fourth with LSU (16-12, 10-6), marking the 10th straight year that Texas A&M has finished in their conference’s top four. LSU receives the four seed in the SEC tournament via the tiebreaker.

LSU jumped out to a 34-14 lead by the 6:54 mark of the first half and never let up, even though A&M closed the deficit to 49-39 early in the second half.

Courtney Williams led the Aggies with 19 points, and was joined in double figures by Courtney Walker (12) and Khaalia Hillsman (10).

The Aggies begin the SEC Tournament in Little Rock, Ark. as the 5-seed on Thursday, March 5.

A&M Men’s and Woman’s Track Finish 3rd At SEC Indoor Championships

LEXINGTON – A pair of Aggies were crowned as conference individual champions Saturday during the final day of the SEC Indoor Championships held at Nutter Field House while the A&M men claimed the 4×400 for the third consecutive year.

In addition Texas A&M produced six runner-up performances as the men and women both finished third in team scoring. The Aggie men totaled 87 points behind Florida (114) and Arkansas (89) while the A&M women had 81.9 points following Arkansas (130) and Florida (86).

“There are some highs and some lows for us today,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “I’m disappointed with a number of people and situations today, but on the other hand I’m elated with some people with what they did. We can’t have those kinds of situations in a big meet, we all need to be prepared and on the same page. To be third here today with both groups was a great meet for us, there is no question about it.”

Following the Aggie men were Mississippi (62), LSU (53), Alabama (49), Tennessee (48), Georgia (46), Auburn (34), South Carolina (31), Missouri (27) and Kentucky (22). Finishing behind the A&M women were Kentucky (76), LSU (51), Georgia (50), Mississippi State (36.7), Alabama (34), Missouri (32), Tennessee (22), Auburn (21), Vanderbilt (18.2), Mississippi (14.2) and South Carolina (9).

Hillary Montgomery and Grace Fletcher took control of the women’s 5,000 meters early and pulled away from the field. As they maneuvered their way through lapped runners in the latter half of the race, Montgomery won in 16:16.00 with Fletcher runner-up at 16:22.48.

“It’s so incredible for us to come out here and represent Texas A&M like that,” said Montgomery. “It’s amazing. We’ve all worked incredible hard and I’m so happy it paid off. Having Grace right behind me encouraged me to keep going with that pace.”

Karis Jochen added a couple of points with a seventh-place effort of 16:39.72, which is No. 7 on the A&M all-time list. The Aggies totaled 20 points in the event.

“Those two ladies are exactly what we have to have,” noted Henry. “They went out and took the lead, created a gap and ran their own race. Nobody could run with them, it was a great effort.”

Shamier Little dominated the 400 field with a 51.37 winning time over a 52.00 by Florida’s Kyra Jefferson in her section and the 52.03 from Taylor Ellis-Watson of Arkansas in the first section. For an oversized track Little produced the 10th fastest time ever on the world all-time list and is the third fastest collegian and second fastest American ever.

“It’s exciting to run that fast, a PR is always a great thing,” said Little. “I didn’t think much about the time from the first section I just wanted to run my race and win. Kyra is a 200 specialist so I know getting to the break is going to be tough between us. I didn’t panic about being in lane six where I couldn’t see her.”

The marks ahead of her on the collegiate and U.S. list for oversized tracks include a 51.13 by Hazel-Ann Regis of LSU, who is from Grenada, as well as a 51.15 by Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard. Regis set her mark on the Nutter track in 2004 while Beard produced hers during the 2010 Big 12 meet in Ames, Iowa.

“Shamier is a talent,” said Henry. “If she comes to the meet and says this is what I’m going to do, then she could do whatever she wants to do. She is a big time talent.”

Little finished third in the SEC Indoor 400 as a freshman last season and also claimed third at the NCAA Indoor. Later she claimed the SEC Outdoor 400 title before rolling along to multiple titles in the 400 hurdles that included the NCAA, US Juniors and World Juniors.

In the men’s 4×400 the Aggie crew of Gregory Coleman, Shavez Hart, Deon Hickey and Bralon Taplin chased down the Gators on the final lap to claim a third consecutive SEC Indoor title in the event. In running 3:03.75 Texas A&M broke the facility record of 3:04.22 set by Florida earlier this season.

The Gators were runner-up in 3:04.28 with LSU third at 3:05.05 and Alabama fourth in 3:08.23.

“To run 3:03 with that group of guys without your best leg, we proved some things today and ran with a lot of heart,” stated Henry.

The additional runner-up efforts for the Aggies included Brea Garrett in the weight throw, Bralon Taplin in the 400, Shavez Hart in the 200, Latario Collie in the triple jump and the men’s distance medley relay.

Garrett finished second in the weight throw at the SEC for the third consecutive year. Her mark of 72-3.5 (22.03) only trailed a 73-8 (22.45) toss from Missouri’s Kearsten Peoples, the current collegiate leader.

Following Garrett was a trio of Aggie throwers who each set a personal best. Alison Ondrusek placed sixth with a 61-3.5 (18.68), which is No. 4 on the A&M all-time list, while Carissa van Beek finished eighth with a mark of 60-0.25 (18.29), moving her to No. 7 at A&M. Shelbi Vaughan was 11th with a 56-6.5 (17.23) that is No. 10 all-time with the Aggies.

Taplin challenged for the title in the 400 as he posted a 45.52 behind a 45.37 from Florida’s Najee Glass while LSU’s Vernon Norwood placed third in 45.68. In the 200, Hart won his section in 20.90 and finished second overall after a 20.69 was posted by LSU’s Aaron Ernest. A&M’s Devin Jenkins finished sixth overall with a 21.07 that placed third in the same heat with Hart.

Collie engaged in another triple jump tussle with Florida’s Marquise Dendy and placed second with a 54-4 (16.56). Dendy, who won his third SEC Indoor long jump on Friday, claimed his first SEC Indoor title in the triple jump with a leap of 55-8.5 (16.98). Dendy produced that mark in the third round right after Collie improved from 52-4 to 54-4.

More A&M points came in the event from Olibanji Asekun, who had an indoor best of 51-9.75 (15.79) to place sixth. Jeffrey Prothro just missed making the final three rounds as he placed 10th with a 50-8.25 (15.45).

The men’s distance medley relay posted a time of 9:46.00 to earn second place and register the No. 10 time at A&M. Running on the relay were Cameron Villarreal, Carlyle Roudette, Gaines Kinsey and Isaac Spencer. Mississippi won the race in 9:43.87 while Missouri finished third in 9:46.65. The Aggies were runner-up two years ago and finished third in this race last season.

Chase Wolfle equaled the school record in the pole vault to place third as he lead an Aggie 3-4-5 finish for 15 points. Wolfle cleared 18-0.5 (5.50) to join Greg West (1990) and Richard McDonald (1998) as record holders.

In last year’s SEC Indoor meet Wolfle had a best of 17-11 for third place. In repeating his bronze medal performance, he made it over 17-3 on a second attempt, cleared 17-9.25 on his first attempt and then needed all three attempts to get over 18-0.5. Three misses at 18-3.75 (5.58) left him in third place.

Andrew Irwin of Arkansas won the pole vault with a clearance of 18-3.75 while Tennessee’s Jake Blankenship finished runner-up with the same height as misses at an earlier height broke the tie.

Also setting personal best marks in the vault were a pair of A&M frosh in Audie Wyatt (17-6.25) and Carl Johansson (17-3) as they finished fourth and fifth. The 3-4-5 Aggie finish earned 15 team points. Wyatt moves to No. 7 and Johansson is now No. 9 on the A&M all-time list.

As defending champion, Kamaria Brown won her section of the 200 in 23.03. Then she watched as Jefferson of Florida (23.012) and Kentucky’s Dezerea Bryant (23.015) both run 23.02 in the next section to take first and second. Brown, who won the SEC title in a school record of 22.50 last year, settled for third place while teammate Aaliyah Brown ran 23.61 for sixth place.

Kamaria and Aaliyah teamed up for the first two legs on the 4×400 as A&M placed third in 3:32.90 behind Arkansas (3:30.79) and Kentucky (3:31.43) while finishing ahead of Florida (3:34.28). Also running on the relay for the Aggies were Ashton Purvis and Shamier Little.

Points were also scored by A. Brown in the 60 as she equaled her career best of 7.28 for fourth place and Jennifer Madu ran 7.33 for fifth place.

Hector Hernandez neared the career best he set in the prelims of the 800 to place fourth in the final with a 1:48.96. Villarreal finished seventh in the mile with a 4:05.50. Austin Wells improved his indoor best to 14:24.25 to place 13th in the 5,000 meters.

Lindon Victor scored 5,330 points to finish seventh in the heptathlon and move to No. 6 on the A&M all-time list. Daniel Martin placed 12th with a point total of 4,985 as he produced a 2:30.98 to win the 1,000m by seven and a half seconds.

Kara Erickson cleared 5-7.75 for seventh place in the high jump. Jena Hemann and Annie Kunz both cleared 5-5.75 to finish in a five-way tie for eighth place.

The past two years the women’s distance medley relay placed 10th in the SEC meet, but an 11:34.84 earned eighth place from the crew of Fletcher, Ebony Crear, Katie Willard and Montgomery. They ran the fourth fastest time in school history.



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