Aggie Women’s Athletics advances 10 to NCAA championships to wrap up NCAA West preliminary rounds – Reuters Sports News

(Credit: Jaevin Reed/Texas A&M Athletics)

By: Tyler Pounds, Athletics Communications

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 3 Texas A&M women’s track team qualified 10 entries for the NCAA Championships June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday night to wrap up the NCAA West preliminary rounds at John McDonnell Field.

After Thursday’s three qualifiers, Texas A&M’s qualified entries total 13, including 11 individual events and the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The men’s team qualified eight, including the 4x400m.

Lamara Distin clinched the first qualifying spot of the day in the high jump with a clearance of 5-11.25/1.81m. The second is making his second career appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing second last season.

A&M advanced in the 4x400m after winning the third heat with a time of 3:26.49, the eighth fastest in program history and set an installation record. Juniors Tierra Robinson-Jones and Jania Martin combined to run the first two laps in 1:43.63, while senior Jaevin Reed ran a third leg at 52.45 and the anchored second Charokee Young at 50.42 .

Martin’s 4x100m relay, senior Kaylah Robinson, junior Rachel Hall and second Laila Owens placed third in the second run at 44.18 to automatically qualify. The foursome finished with the eighth fastest qualifying time after all three runs.

Just an hour later, Robinson clocked the fastest qualifying time in the 100m hurdles at 12.57 (3.5 wk). The wind-assisted time tied for the fastest time in all conditions in West Regional history. Senior Deshae Wise placed fifth in her wave progressing over time as the eighth fastest qualifier at 12.90 (3.5w).

Wise followed qualifying for her second event of the day by winning one of the 400m hurdles at 56.65, while Owens qualified in her second event of the day in the 200m at 22.66 (2 ,2 wk).

Heading into the 400m hurdles, Maroon & White edged Young (400m, 50.80), Robinson-Jones (400m, 51.59) and senior Avi’Tal Wilson-Perteete (800m, 2:02.98) in their respective events. Wilson-Perteete recorded an Aggie personal best and became the fourth fastest performer.

Texas A&M is stepping away from competition for a week before heading to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field June 8-11.

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Denise W. Whigham