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A&M's Deon Lendore earns second National Athlete of the Week honor

February 26, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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NEW ORLEANS - Texas A&M sophomore Deon Lendore earned a second National Athlete of the Week honor from the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association following his stellar performance at the SEC Indoor Championships this past weekend, which included winning the 400-meter title and anchoring the Aggies to a SEC meet record in the 4x400 relay.

Lendore entered the meet with a world-leading time of 45.91 seconds and lowered it to 45.15 during the prelims of the SEC 400. He clocked 45.23 to win the event in the final.

The 45.15 ranks Lendore No. 5 on the all-time collegiate list with the No. 6 performance. The 45.23, which is second fastest time in the world this year, equals the No. 8 performance on the all-time collegiate list.

In addition to lowering his own national record for his native Trinidad & Tobago, Lendore broke the Aggie school record of 45.33 set by Demetrius Pinder in winning the NCAA Indoor title in 2011.

To cap off A&M's first appearance in the SEC Indoor Championships, Lendore moved the Aggies from third to first on the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay while producing a stunning split of 44.50 seconds.

The winning time of 3:04.18 broke the SEC meet record of 3:04.75 set by Florida in 2005. In fact, it was the first time the SEC final had been won with a sub 3:05 since 2005. Texas A&M becomes the fifth fastest school on the all-time collegiate list with the fifth fastest performance.

The Aggie relay crew of Ricky Babineaux, Aldrich Bailey, Jr., Carlyle Roudette and Lendore also broke the school record of 3:04.24 set in 2011 when A&M won the NCAA Indoor title. The previous fastest time the Aggies have run in an indoor conference meet was 3:05.87 at the 2012 Big 12 with Babineaux and Lendore part of that foursome.

COLLEGIATE ALL-TIME LIST (performers and performances)

400 meters

44.57                 Kerron Clement (Florida)                  2005

44.80                 Kirani James (Alabama)                     2011

44.93                 LaShawn Merritt (East Carolina)    2005

45.03                 Torrin Lawrence (Georgia)               2010

45.10                     Lawrence                                            2010

45.15                 Deon Lendore (Texas A&M)           2013

45.21                 Tony McQuay (Florida)                      2011

45.23                     Lendore                                               2013

45.23                     Lawrence                                            2010

45.24                     James                                                   2010

45.28                 Xavier Carter (LSU)                              2006

45.29                 Terry Gatson (Arkansas)                   2005

45.29                     Clement                                               2005

45.33                 Demetrius Pinder (Texas A&M)     2011

45.35                 Alleyne Francique (LSU)                    2002

4 x 400 Relay

3:03.51              Florida                                                      2005

3:03.76              Arkansas                                                  2012

3:03.96              Baylor                                                       2004

3:04.01              LSU                                                            2006

3:04.18              Texas A&M                                            2013

3:04.24                  Texas A&M                                        2011

3:04.24                  Baylor                                                   2007

3:04.25              Oklahoma                                               1997

3:04.31                  Florida                                                  2013

3:04.32                  Oklahoma                                           1997

3:04.40                  Texas A&M                                        2010

3:04.44                  LSU                                                        2001

3:04.46                  Oklahoma                                           1996

3:04.48              Minnesota                                              2004

3:04.49              Arizona State                                         2004

3:04.87              TCU                                                            2003

3:04.95              Northern Iowa                                      2005

USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings

Texas A&M men remained ranked No. 3 in the national computer rankings behind Arkansas and Florida, matching their finish at the SEC Indoor Championships this past weekend. The Aggie women moved up three positions, to No. 6, following a third-place finish at the SEC meet behind Arkansas and LSU.

Following is the updated poll with how teams finished at their respective conference meets.

Men                                      Conference Finish

1. Arkansas                         1) SEC

2. Florida                              2) SEC

3. Texas A&M                    3) SEC

4. Wisconsin                       1) Big 10

5. Oregon                            2) Mtn Pacific

6. Nebraska                        4) Big 10

7. Indiana                            6) Big 10

8. Texas Tech                     5) Big 12

9. Texas                                1) Big 12

10. Penn State                   3) Big 10

11. Oklahoma State         7) Big 12

12. Virginia Tech               1) ACC

13. LSU                                 5) SEC

14. Florida State                2) ACC

15. Arizona                          9) Mtn Pacific

16. Arizona State              1) Mtn Pacific

17. Clemson                       3) ACC

18. Minnesota                   5) Big 10

19. NC State                       8) ACC

20. Baylor                            4) Big 12

21. Oklahoma                    2) Big 12

22. Tulsa                               2) Tulsa

23. Mississippi                   11) SEC

24. Northern Arizona      1) Big Sky

25. Auburn                          6) SEC

Women                               Conference Finish

1. LSU                                    2) SEC

2. Oregon                            1) Mtn Pacific

3. Kansas                             1) Big 12

4. Arkansas                         1) SEC

5. Clemson                          1) ACC

6. Texas A&M                    3) SEC

7. Georgia                           5) SEC

8. Illinois                               1) Big 10

9. UCF                                   1) Conf. USA

10. Florida                           4) SEC

11. Texas                             2) Big 12

12. Arizona State              2) Mtn Pacific

13. Arizona                          3) Mtn Pacific

14. Iowa State                   3) Big 12

15. South Carolina            6) SEC

16. Dartmouth                   5) Ivy League

17. Florida State                2) ACC

18. Indiana State              2) Missouri Valley

19. Stanford                       4) Mtn Pacific

20. Wichita State              1) Missouri Valley

21. Michigan                       3) Big 10

22. Baylor                            4) Big 12

23. Oklahoma                    8) Big 12

24. Boston University     7) New Englands

25. Mississippi State        11) SEC

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