Aggies wraps up day one of Ted Nelson Invitational – Texas A&M Athletics

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s and women’s track and field teams won four event titles and set a meet record to complete day one of the Ted Nelson Invitational Friday night at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.

The men’s medley relay topped the day with a meet record time of 10:01.52. Cooper Cawthra started the hot relay by running the 1200m stage at 2:59.44, before Colby Zamzow was given the baton to time a 400m return leg in 49.36. Gavin Hoffpauir ran the third 800m stage in 1:54.05, while Jonathan Chung brought him home with a mile time of 4:18.67. The Aggie foursome broke the previous record by nearly four seconds.

Before the record relay, Kennedy Smith, Zhan Smith and Kennedy Wade each recorded event title. Zhan Smith won the women’s 60m final with a time of 7.45, while Kennedy Smith won the women’s 60m hurdles final at 8.55.

Wade won his college debut in the 400m by stopping the clock at 54.26, an indoor personal best.

Other notable performances include, Deborah Acquah run 7.63 in the women’s 60m preliminaries and Katelyn Buckley finishing second in the women’s 5000m in 18:01.87. Catalina Cerda led the Aggies in the women’s mile with a second-place finish at 5:15.24, followed by Mary Grace Rodriguez third with a time of 5:16.79.

Texas A&M Quotes
The head coach Pat Henry
the first day of the Ted Nelson Invitational…

“It was a good first day. We had some good things with the athletes who competed. Some of these kids have never competed in a collegiate competition, so for them to get their feet wet and learn more about the track interior is really good. I think Kennedy Wade looked really good. It’s great for her to PR for almost a second. She works very hard and I think she’s going to be very successful.”

to Kennedy Smith

“I’m really happy to Kennedy Smith. She had knee reconstruction surgery, so it was great for her to come back and do what she did today. Kennedy will be fine. She’s a great competitor and I think today was a mental thing, thinking, “I have to get through this.”

in the DMR men’s team…

“DMR worked pretty well today and running 10:01.52 is pretty good. I think Cooper Cawthra looked very good at the start of 1200 meters. Today gave us a better understanding of our DMR capability.”

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