A&M No.1 and No. 2 in TrackSports Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Updated national rankings in track and field have the Texas A&M men’s team maintaining its hold on the No.1 position it attained in the preseason rankings. The Aggie women, meanwhile, have made another move up and are now ranked No. 2 in the nation.
In each of the four outdoor rankings released this season the A&M men have been No. 1 with Arkansas No. 2 and Florida No. 3. Oregon has been ranked No. 4 in the past three of the four rankings while Florida State moved into the No. 5 position this week.
Kansas women join the Aggie men in holding the No. 1 position in each of the four outdoor rankings released. The A&M women started out No. 6 in the preseason rankings and then moved to No. 3. After consecutive team victories over then second-ranked Oregon in Eugene as well as No. 1 Kansas in Fayetteville, the Aggie women are now ranked No. 2 with Oregon falling to No. 3. Rounding out the top five squads are SEC foes LSU and Florida.
In this week’s national team rankings, eight of the top 15 men’s teams are from the SEC while five of the top 12 women’s teams come from the SEC.
Updated dual meet rankings from Track & Field News have the Texas A&M men ranked second and the Aggie women third. Both squads have 4-1 records in dual meet action this season.
Among the top 10 collegiate marks per event this season the Aggie women currently have a dozen entries while the A&M men have nine.
In the women’s 100 there are four Aggie sprinters ranked 4-5-6-7 nationally, which includes Ashley Collier (11.15w), Ashton Purvis (11.20w), Jennifer Madu (11.26w) and Olivia Ekponé (11.27w). Kamaria Brown ranks fifth in the 200 (22.85) and second in the 400 (52.21). Donique’ Flemings is currently tied for sixth in the 100 hurdles (13.15w).
Relays have the A&M women first in the 4×100 (42.56) and third in the 4×400 (3:28.27). Field events include LaQue Moen-Davis second in the triple jump (44-2.75w), Shelbi Vaughan second in the discus (193-4), Jena Hemann eighth in the heptathlon (5531) and Annie Kunz ninth in the heptathlon (5442).
For the Aggie men, event leaders include Henry Lelei in the steeplechase (8:32.94) and Sam Humphreys in the javelin (267-1). Ameer Webb is equal third in the 100 (10.14) and equal seventh in the 200 (20.71), Isaac Spencer ranks eighth in the steeplechase (8:50.60), Wayne Davis II ranks sixth in the 110 hurdles (13.54), and Devin Bogert is sixth in the javelin (238-5). The A&M men’s 4×100 tops the nation (38.64) while the 4×400 is second (3:02.76).
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