LUBBOCK, Texas – The Aggies men’s and women’s track and field teams won six events and recorded three Texas A&M all-time top-12 finishes to complete day one of the Texas Tech Open Friday night at the Sports Performance Center.
Texas A&M has won event titles in the women’s long jump and women’s 60 m hurdles, as well as the men’s and women’s 400 m and 600 m. Brandon Miller and Bailey Goggans combined to sweep the 600m. Goggans won the women’s race in 1:31.04, followed by Miller who won the men’s race in 1:15.94. Miller’s time is 13and the fastest in collegiate history, making him the only man to have two marks on the list of the 15 best collegiates of all time. The second holds a personal best at 1:15.49, which ranks sixth fastest. Her time also ranks #3 on Aggie’s all-time list.
Syaira Richardson and Chevannie Hanson combined to sweep the 400m. Richardson won the first run of the women’s race in 52.67, which held over thirteen runs as the fastest overall time. Hanson followed suit winning the opening run of the men’s race at 46.51, who survived as the fastest overall after 14 runs.
Deborah Acquah won the women’s long jump with a leap of 21-7.5/6.59m. In her six attempts, she jumped over 20’9″, including four jumps over 21’0″. Kaylah Robinson won the women’s 60m hurdles in 8.17, just 0.01 off her personal best. Robinson ran 8.38 in the first lap, followed by a semi-final time of 8.26.
Heather Abadie (pole vault) and Deshae Sage (60m hurdles) each ended the day with marks on Aggie’s Top 12 Artists of All Time list. Abadie shot a college personal best of 13-10/4.22m. Already the third performer in school history, Abadie improved her spot by 1.5 inches. The freshman now boasts three of the top 12 all-time performances in Aggie history. Wise became the ninth-best performer in the 60m hurdles after clocking 8.27 in the semi-final before ending the night with a second-place finish in the final at 8.30.
Other notable performances include Allyson Andress (long jump), Connor Gregston (Pole vault), ryan martin (60m) and Sydney Stewart (60m) each recording personal bests in their respective events. Most notably, Stewart recorded a personal best in every lap before finishing fourth in the 60m final at 7.42. She clocked 7.51 in the first round and 7.48 in the semifinals. In total, she shaved 0.12 seconds off her initial personal best of 7.54. Martin set a personal best in the men’s 60m semifinals at 6.73, before matching it in the final to place fifth.
Gregston cleared 16-4.75/5.00m, bettering his previous best jump by four inches, while Andress improved his best long jump by seven inches landing at 18-0.25/5.49m .
The second day begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with Maci Irons in the women’s shot put, followed by the running events at 11:30 a.m.
Texas A&M Quotes
The head coach Pat Henry
on short sprinters and 400m groups…
“Sydney [Stewart] got a little better every time she ran and so did Ryan [Martin]. Our female hurdlers did a great job today. Syaira [Richardson] looked really good tonight and 52.67 is a really good run for her. She has talent and she will get better and better. On the men’s side, running 46 now is good and we got 47.02.”
on the pole vault group…
“Heater [Abadie] looked excellent today. There are certain barriers, you have to break the barriers and when you break the barrier you wonder why it was even a barrier. She’s there with 14 feet right now. It must exceed 14 feet and then it will exceed it forever. I think the male jumpers have done a good job, they’re getting a bit better and in fact, they’re getting a bit better. It was a good day all round.”
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