BIRMINGHAM – SEC Athlete of the Week honors were awarded to three Aggies this week. Ameer Webb was named men’s SEC Runner of the Week, Shelbi Vaughan was chosen the women’s SEC Field Athlete of the Week and Aldrich Bailey, Jr. was selected men’s Freshman of the Week.
Webb earns his second SEC Runner of the Week honor this outdoor season after being named the Texas Relays Most Outstanding Performer. Three wins by Webb at the Relays included a world-leading 10.14 in the 100 meters along with running legs on the Aggies 4x100 (38.64) and 4x200 (1:20.78) relays.
Bailey competed on three relays during Saturday’s portion of the Texas Relays, contributing legs on the winning 4x100 and 4x200 as well as the runner-up 4x400 (3:02.76) that just missed clipping Florida (3:02.65) for the win.
Vaughan topped the collegiate competition in the discus for the third consecutive week with a mark over 180 feet. This time her opening round throw of 183-9 (56.00) bettered the field by nine-plus feet as she became the first Aggie female to win the event at the Texas Relays. Vaughan is also the first A&M thrower to win a discus title at the Texas Relays since Randy Matson in 1967.
Another victory for Vaughan came in the shot put (B division) as her mark of 49-9.75 (15.18) topped the field an inch shy of three feet and moved the Aggie frosh to No. 6 on the A&M all-time list.
AGGIE MEN REMAIN No. 1, A&M WOMEN MOVE UP TO No. 3
Updated information from the USTFCCCA national team computer rankings have the Texas A&M men still No. 1 while the Aggie women improved to No. 3 from their preseason ranking of No. 6.
The men’s rankings have A&M leading Arkansas, Florida, Oregon, Texas, Florida State, Auburn, USC, Wisconsin and LSU among the top 10. There are seven SEC schools ranked among the top 13. Additional SEC schools include Mississippi at No. 11 and Mississippi State at No. 13.
A significant influx of marks moved the Aggie women to the No. 3 position. Kansas remains No. 1 with Oregon at No.2. Following A&M are Florida, Arizona, Texas, LSU, Arizona State, Stanford, and Clemson among the top 10.
In addition to the world-leading 42.56 the Aggie women ran to win the Texas Relays 4x100, a 3:27.27 performance for third place in the 4x400 relay also enhanced their ranking.
Three A&M sprinters also posted times under 11.30 in the 100 meters. The trio included Ashley Collier (11.15w), Ashton Purvis (11.20w) and Jennifer Madu (11.26w). LaQue Moen-Davis produced a wind-aided mark of 44-2.75 in the triple jump while her series included a 43-2.5 mark that ranks No. 6 on the Aggie all-time list. In the heptathlon career best scores were turned in by Jena Hemann (5,531) and Annie Kunz (5,442).
USTFCCCA NATIONAL TEAM COMPUTER RANKINGS
1. Texas A&M; 2. Arkansas; 3. Florida; 4. Oregon; 5. Texas; 6. Florida State; 7. Auburn; 8. USC; 9. Wisconsin; 10. LSU; 11. Mississippi; 12. UCLA; 13. Mississippi State; 14. Texas Tech; 15. Oklahoma; 16. Nebraska; 17. Indiana; 18. Arizona State; 19. Minnesota; 20. Kansas State; 21. Arizona; 22. Penn State; 23. Baylor; 24. Ohio State; 25. Oklahoma State.
1. Kansas; 2. Oregon; 3. Texas A&M; 4. Florida; 5. Arizona; 6. Texas; 7. LSU; 8. Arizona State; 9. Stanford; 10. Clemson; 11. Arkansas; 12. UCF; 13. Texas Tech; 14. Baylor; 15. Washington; 16. Illinois; 17. Iowa State; 18. UCLA; 19. Georgia; 20. San Diego State; 21. Nebraska; 22. Auburn; 23. Oklahoma; 24. Colorado; 25. USC.