BIRMINGHAM – SEC honors for men’s Runner of the Week and men’s Field Athlete of the Week were awarded to Texas A&M seniors Henry Lelei and Sam Humphreys from their performances at the Oregon Pepsi Team Invitational this past weekend.
Lelei broke his own A&M school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as he won the event in a world-leading time of 8:32.94. Lelei bettered his career best of 8:38.90 set a year ago in winning the Big 12 title and broke the 1996 meet record of 8:40.91. Lelei currently tops the collegiate and SEC ranks by nine-plus seconds.
In defending this 2012 victory at the Pepsi Team Invitational, Lelei posted one of the fastest times ever in the steeplechase during a dual, triangular or quad meet setting.
Humphreys returned to the Hayward Field venue he won the U.S. Olympic Trials in the javelin last summer and produced a winning mark of 256-3 (78.10) that topped the field by nearly 18 feet.
Finishing second to Humphreys was Olympic Trials runner-up Sam Crouser of Oregon, who threw 238-5 and entered the meet ranked third collegiately this season. Humphreys has been the collegiate leader this season ever since he opened up his outdoor campaign with a 267-1 (81.40) at the Arizona State Invitational in mid-March.
Texas A&M men remained the No. 1 team in the nation according to the USTFCCCA National Team Computer Rankings released on Tuesday while the Aggie women remain in the No. 3 position.
Ranked second behind the A&M men is Arkansas, who will host the Aggies this weekend in the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville. The rest of the top five includes Florida, Oregon and Texas. Kansas is still ranked No. 1 in the women’s field over No. 2 Oregon while Florida and LSU round out the top five. Arkansas women are currently ranked 12th.
Men’s Top 25
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. Arizona State; 18. Indiana; 19. Penn State; 20. Kansas State; 21. Arizona; 22. Minnesota; 23. Ohio State; 24. Baylor; 25. Georgia.
Women’s Top 25
1. Kansas; 2. Oregon; 3. Texas A&M; 4. Florida; 5. LSU; 6. Arizona; 7. Texas; 8. Arizona State; 9. Stanford; 10. Clemson; 11. UCF; 12. Arkansas; 13. Washington; 14. Texas Tech; 15. Iowa State; 16. Illinois; 17. Auburn; 18. Georgia; 19. Baylor; 20. San Diego State; 21. UCLA; 22. Nebraska; 23. Colorado; 24. Oklahoma; 25. USC.