Aggies finish third in NCAA championship
Published: Monday, June 11, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07
The A&M track and field team concluded its season Saturday at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The Aggie men and women teams each placed third. This summer marked the first time since 2008 that the Aggies left the NCAA Outdoor National Championships without the gold medal.
The Aggie men compiled 40 points over the four days of events. SEC teams Florida (50) and LSU (48) finished in first and second place respectively. The Aggie men had a pair of silver medalists including 200-meter sprinter Ameer Webb and 110-meter hurdler Wayne Davis II.
The tournament got off to a slow start for the No. 1 A&M men’s team who seemed riddled with bad luck. South Central Region’s male track athlete of the year Prezel Hardy Jr. narrowly missed qualifying for the 100m finals which could have been the difference between bronze and gold medals for the Aggies.
As for the women’s team, they surged on the final day of competition to rise from 17th place to earn the bronze medal with 38 points. The tournament as a whole was dominated by LSU who finished with a whopping 76 points. The lady Tigers doubled A&M’s point total and took care of second place Oregon (62) with ease. In the 4 x 100-meter relay, the Aggie women recorded the fastest runner-up time in the history of the NCAA Championship Tournament with a time of 42.82 seconds.