Aggies win three national titles, men place fifth – Texas A&M Athletics

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The Texas A&M men’s and women’s track teams won three national event titles, while the men’s team finished fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday night at the CrossPlex in Birmingham.

Lamara Distin won the competition’s first Texas A&M national title by winning the women’s high jump at 6-3.5/1.92m. The second year cleared heights of 5-10/1.78m, 6-0/1.83m, 6-1.25/1.86m and 6-2.25/1.89m, all during first attempts. After failing her first two attempts at 6-3.5, Distin soared above the bar to claim victory on her final attempt. The clearance tied his personal best and his Jamaican national indoor record.

Brandon Miller followed with the second national title of the day by winning the men’s 800m at 1:47.19. The second set the tone from the start by recording the first 400m in 52.57, he then followed the next 200m in 27.75 and the last lap in 26.87. Miller became the first national indoor 800 m champion in Aggie history.

The men’s 4x400m won the final title of the day with a time of 3:04.16. After winning round two, the Aggies watched round three around the oval as their time was fast enough to be crowned national champions. Miller’s Quartet, Omajuwa Etiwe, Chevannie Hanson and Emmanuel Bamidele became the sixth stint in Texas A&M history to win an NCAA indoor title. Hanson ran a one-way gap of 46.91, while Etiwe followed with a 46.23 gap. Miller clocked a split time of 45.45 in game three and Bamidele anchored the group with a time of 45.58.

Heading into the men’s relay, Bamidele placed third in the 400m final with a personal best 45.78. The men’s team totaled 26 points for fifth place in the team standings.

Senior Deborah Acquah led the Aggies in the night session finishing fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 45-6.5/13.88m. Already a school record holder at 46-10/14.27m, the mark is the second best performance in Aggie’s history.

Second year students young charokee and Laila Owens each recorded a seventh-place finish in their respective events. Owens ran 23.49 in the 200m, while Young clocked 51.61 in the 400m.

Owens’ women’s 4x400m group, Tierra Robinson Jones, Syaira Richardson and Kennedy Wade crowned the evening with a 10and place at 3:36.92.

In the team classification, the women’s team placed 10and with 24 dots.

Texas A&M opens the outdoor season at the Baldy Castillo Invitational March 18-19 in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Angel Stadium.

Texas A&M scorers
Points – Athlete – Event (Place)

12.5 – Brandon Miller – 800m (1st), 4x400m (1st)
ten – Lamara Distin – High jump (1st)
ten – Deborah Acquah – Long jump (3rd), triple jump (5and)
8.5- Emmanuel Bamidele – 400m (3rd), 4x400m (1st)
2.5- Chevannie Hanson – 4x400m (1st)
2.5 – Omajuwa, Etiwe – 4x400m (1st)
2 – young charokee – 400m (7and)
2 – Laila Owens – 200m (7and)

Texas A&M Quotes
The head coach Pat Henry
to Brandon Miller

“It’s obvious how special he is. He has a lot of confidence in himself. There were people trying to disrupt the race but he was smart enough to come out in front of it all. He didn’t necessarily race quickly.” , but it made no difference. You run to win and that’s what he did.”

to Emmanuel Bamidele and the 4x400m…

“For a freshman to run 45 seconds in the open quarter is pretty special, there aren’t many freshmen who run that fast. He looked really good in the relay. The group just competed, won round two and it ended up being the best thing we could do and we did our best all season.”

to Deborah Acquah and Lamara Distin

“Deborah [Acquah] did a fantastic job this weekend. To do what she did last night in the long jump, to come back and have that big triple jump mark [45-6.5] is impressive. She’s a competitor and she’s been great for us. lamara [Distin] had a big time jump. She’s about as consistent as anyone we’ve ever had in the high jump. She cleared 6-3.5 to win and that’s a big leap for her right now. She’s a great competitor.”

on the women’s 10and arrival point…

“I’m a bit disappointed with a few athletes who I believe have a lot more talent than they think and until they believe it, it’s going to be hard to run better. That’s going to have to change. , that’s the only way they can improve.”

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