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    Thus far this season, Crimson Tide athletes have produced 35 performances that have landed in the school's all-time top 10 (23 in the men's top 10; 12 in the women's top 10) in events that cross the spectrum of the entire sport ... senior pole vaulter Alexis Paine set a school record in the women's pole vault while winning the event Saturday afternoon at the Samford Multi and Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex ... Paine's winning mark of 4.35 meters (14 feet, 3 1/4 inches) broke the previous Alabama indoor record of 4.25m (13-11 1/2) that she set at last year's SEC Indoor Championships, becoming the first Crimson Tide female in the history of the track and field program to clear 14 feet indoors ... a pair of distance medley relay (DMR) units posted times that rank among the top 10 in Alabama indoor history last Friday night at the Armory Collegiate Invitational at the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City ... the men's DMR of Alex Amankwah, Dwight Davis, Jacopo Lahbi and Matt Airola finished in 9 minutes, 41.23 seconds to take third in the race while posting the eighth-fastest indoor DMR time in Crimson Tide history ... the women's DMR of Meropi Panagiotou, Kim Ficenec, Remona Burchell and Yanique Malcolm also finished third while posting a time of 11:26.70, the fourth-fastest indoor DMR time in Crimson Tide history ... nine Alabama athletes have performances this season that currently rank among the top 20 nationally in their respective events (according to - Monday, Feb. 10): Diondre Batson in the men's 60-meter dash (tie-12th, 6.61); Remona Burchell in the women's 60 (12th, 7.33); Jacopo Lahbi in the men's 800 (9th, 1:48.77); Yanique Malcolm in the women's 800 (2:00.58); Justin Fondren in the men's high jump (tie-18th, 7-1 3/4); Alexis Paine in the women's pole vault (tie-4th, 14-3 1/4); Jeremiah Green in the men's triple jump (tie-7th, 52-6 1/2); Charodd Richardson in the men's weight throw (11th, 69-7 1/2); and Elias Hakansson in the men's weight throw (67-9 3/4) ... three Crimson Tide relay units rank in the nation's top 20: the men's 4x400 (3:08.53); the women's distance medley relay (11:26.70); and the men's distance medley relay (9:41.23) ... Alabama resumes full team activity this Friday-Saturday (Feb. 14-15) at the Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
    Men - The No. 1 Razorbacks sent a small contingent to the New Mexico Invitational over the weekend in Albuquerque, home of the 2014 NCAA Indoor National Championships. Nathanael Franks and Larry Donald competed in the 60-meter hurdles, both setting personal records. Franks took down his previous PR of 8.73 with a time of 8.65. Donald held a previous personal record of 8.13 which he broke Saturday in the finals with a time of 7.98, which ranks sixth all-time at Arkansas. Neil Braddy tied his personal best 200-meter time of 21.24, finishing third. Arkansas will be back in action this weekend, February 14-15, as the Razorbacks host the Tyson Invitational at Randal Tyson Track Center. Women - The No. 6 Razorbacks took down 150 teams over the weekend for a victory at the Armory Collegiate Invitational this weekend in New York. The distance medley relay team shattered the school record with 10:57.15 to claim victory on day one at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. The quartet of Grace Heymsfield, Chrishuna Williams, Stephanie Brown and Dominique Scott broke the previous record of 11:00.23 set last year at the NCAA Championships. Friday's performance currently ranks third in the NCAA this season and ninth all-time in collegiate history. The pole-vaulting trio of Ariel Voskamp (13-11.25), Megan Zimlich (13-9.25) and Danielle Nowell (13-9.25) recorded personal bests. Arkansas will be back in action this weekend, February 14-15, as the Razorbacks host the Tyson Invitational at Randal Tyson Track Center.
    Auburn track and field competed at the 39th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational over the weekend in Lincoln, Neb. Junior thrower Valentina Muzaric recorded a new school record in the shot put with a throw of 17.00m, which ranks as the longest throw in the SEC this season and fifth longest in the nation. Freshman Emily Stevens won the 800 meter race by over two seconds, with a personal-best time of 2:11.02. Junior Samantha Berggren placed fourth at 2:16.16 In the triple jump, freshman Marshay Ryan notched a new personal record with a jump of 42-2.25/12.86m, which ranks third nationally among freshmen. Distance runners Veronica Eder and Taylor Duncan finished in the top-5 in the 3000 meter with personal best times of 9:48.09 and 9:48.46, respectively. Freshman Susan Rachel Givens set a new personal record in the mile with a time of 4:56.14. Freshman Teray Smith placed fifth in the 200m with a personal best 21.27, which ranks sixth among freshman nationally and third among SEC freshman. Heptathlete Parker Shearer recorded four personal bests in the pole vault (4.00m), 60m dash (7.55), high jump (6-5.50/1.97m) and shot put (41-11.25/12.78m). The Tigers return to action February 14-15 at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
    The No. 2/No. 4 Florida track and field squads headed north to Virginia for competition at the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet Feb. 7-8, taking mostly a contingent of field athletes and several sprinters to the invitational at Rector Field House. The meet was another successful one for the Orange and Blue, with multiple event wins, season and personal-best marks. Jayla Bostic (WT), Jared Watkins (PV), Eddie Lovett (60mH) and Dedric Dukes (200m) all won their respective events in Blacksburg. Collaboratively, the Gators walked away from the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet with five career-best performances: Jayla Bostic (WT), Jared Watkins (PV), David Levin (WT), Dedric Dukes (60m), Stipe Zunic (SP) and a hand full of season-best performances, including Marquis Dendy (TJ), Dedric Dukes (200m) and Ciarra Brewer (LJ). In the SEC, UF holds the top marks in the m800m (Ryan Schnulle), w3000m (Cory McGee), m60mH (Eddie Lovett), the men’s 4x4 relay, the men’s long jump (Marquis Dendy) and the women’s triple jump (Ciarra Brewer). Florida’s men’s 4x4 currently ranks tops in the world (3:04.46) and NCAA, while Brewer’s triple jump leads all NCAA competitors so far this season. Next up, the Gators will get their first glimpse of the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium this season when UF visits College Station for the Texas A&M Invitational Feb. 15. The competition will serve as a preview to the facility for Florida, as the Aggies play host to the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships Feb. 27-March 1. The Gators will additionally send their distance corps to the Husky Invite Feb. 14-15, while UF middle-distance runner Cory McGee will compete in New York at the iconic Millrose Games Feb. 15 in the Wanamaker Mile. Florida will also send a relay contingent to the Iowa State Classic in Ames, IA, which runs Feb. 14-15.
    Men - The Bulldogs scored six top collegiate finishes and a handful of updates to the school's all-time top-10 lists at the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Va.  Junior Nick Vena improved his No. 4 mark in school history in the shot put after launching an effort of 62 feet, 11 1/2 inches.  His throw won the competition as Vena topped SEC leader and Kentucky junior Brad Szypka.  Senior Johnathan Smith tied for the third-fastest 60m time in school history with a 6.75 to win.  Smith also earned runner-up honors in the 200m Invitational with a 21.40.  In the Open 200m, sophomore Jamario Calhoun had the top collegiate finish (second overall) with the eighth-best time (21.39) in the Bulldog record books.  Georgia also went 1-2 in the 400m as Drew Branch (47.60) finished just ahead of Reggie Glover (47.87).  Moving up to the 800m, junior Charles Grethen broke 1:50 to win with a time of 1:49.69.  The Bulldogs also finished first in the 4x400m relay as Maurice Freeman, Branch, Calhoun and Glover clocked a 3:10.44.  Georgia splits squads and travels to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Invitational and to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic over the weekend. Women - The Lady Bulldogs registered three victories and set a school record during the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet.  Two of the victories came from senior Megan Malasarte.  The Fayetteville, Ga., native topped a 16-year-old school record in the 800m with a mark of 2:06.16, which is No. 10 on the national performance list.  Malasarte also clocked the 10th-fastest 400m time (54.89) to lock down the top collegiate finish behind former Georgia NCAA champion Shaunae Miller.  Sophomore Chanice Porter also surged into the national lead in the long jump with a personal-best effort.  Porter traveled 21 feet, 2 3/4 inches to shoot to No. 3 on the school's all-time list with the longest jump since Hyleas Fountain set a school record of 21-7.25 to win the 2004 NCAA Championships.  Several other Lady Bulldogs made additional revisions to the school record books, including Kendell Williams recording an 8.32 in the 60m hurdles and Rashan Brown running a 24.01 in the 200m. Georgia splits squads and travels to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Invitational and to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic over the weekend.
    Men - The UK men’s team was led at last weekend’s Doc Hale VT Elite meet by senior, defending SEC mile champion Matt Hillenbrand. He posted a conference-leading mile time of 4:01.27 that made him the meet’s top collegian finisher. Terence Boyd placed sixth in a strong long jump field, with a top jump on his third attempt: 7.23m/23’ 8.75”. Charles Moushey raised his personal best pole vault clearance by a half-of-an-inch to 5.08m/16’8”, and he is now just three quarters of an inch away from Sheldon Riffle’s Kentucky indoor freshman record. He placed ninth in a field, which included three professionals. Justin Kretchmer finished second in the high jump with a top clearance that tied his season-best at 2.14m/7'0.25". Ryan Ratliff placed fifth with his indoor best clearance 2.03m/6'8". Bradley Szypka placed second in the shot put with a final throw of 18.75m/61’6.25”, while Andrew Evans’ second throw, which traveled 17.89m/58’8.5” – a two-and-a-half-foot personal best – was good for seventh place. Isiah Kent placed 11th and Nathan Donnellon was 13th. Kadeem Kushimo won his heat, and placed sixth overall in the 200m invitational, running 21.73 in his first indoor race at the distance. Women - The eigth-ranked UK women’s team continued to progress during last weekend’s Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite Meet. Leading the way was junior Dezerea Bryant, who won the 60m and 200m – in a world-leading 22.82 seconds – and was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week for her efforts. Bryant’s time of 22.82 was significant on multiple levels as the performance smashed her previous school-record of 23.04 set a new personal best for the two-time indoor 200m All-American (nine times in all events) and is just 0.14 seconds outside the all-time collegiate top-10 in the event. Her nation (and world) leading 200m time of 22.82 means she now has the fastest collegiate time this season in both the 200m and 60 (7.19). The performance makes Bryant the 15th fastest American collegian of all-time at 200m. Bryant’s teammate, Kendra Harrison, also enjoyed a strong meet winning her signature event: the 60m hurdles and also placing second to Bryant in the 60m and 200m.  Harrison ran the nation’s 10th fastest 60m and the No. 11 time in the country at 200m, in her debut at the distance.  Chelsea Oswald won the 5k with the SEC’s third best time this year, 16:57.92. The women’s 4x400m relay team of Angelica Whaley, Morganne Phillips, Leah Nugent and Sha’Keela Saunders ended the meet for UK on a high by winning the women's invitational 4x400m relay with a time of 3:40.46, which ranks 29th nationally. Saunders finished the meet having won two events as she won the “open” 200m competition on Friday in addition to anchoring the relay. Madison Jacobs made a breakout performance in the shot put with a more than a 2.5-foot PR throw: 15.18m/49'9.75", a mark which ranks 50th nationally and is the leader among SEC freshman. She won the first flight and finished second overall. Michelle Canterna placed seventh in the pole vault with a top clearance of 3.86m/12'8", two centimeters shy of her indoor best as she was unable to get over the bar at 4.01m.
    Senior Denise Hinton, junior Vernon Norwood and the men’s 4x400-meter relay each cracked the Top 10 of the NCAA rankings this season, while the Tigers and Lady Tigers took home three event titles and set 13 indoor personal bests during Saturday’s finale at the Aggie Invitational at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Hinton cracked the nation’s Top 5 with a throw of 70 feet, 1 inch in the weight throw, while Norwood raced into the Top 10 with a time of 46.31 seconds in his LSU debut in the 400 meters before anchoring the Tigers to a seasonal best of 3 minutes, 6.62 seconds in the 4x400-meter relay to headline the top performing Tigers and Lady Tigers during the meet’s finale. Senior Jasmin Stowers also set a meet record in winning the 60-meter hurdles, while junior Tori Bliss won the shot put and freshman Nataliyah Friar claimed the long jump title on the women’s side on Saturday. Their efforts helped LSU sweep runner-up spots in the final team standings on both the men’s and women’s sides as the Tigers scored 91 points and the Lady Tigers scored 96.5 points for a pair of second-place finishes behind the homestanding Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies scored 150 points on the men’s side and 172 points on the women’s side to take the top spots in the final standings. The Tigers and Lady Tigers will continue their regular season next weekend when they make their annual trip to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete at the two-day Tyson Invitational being held from Feb. 14-15 at the Randal Tyson Track Center. They will then host their only home meet of the 2014 indoor season on Friday, Feb. 21, at the LSU Twilight being held at the newly-renovated Carl Maddox Field House.
    Ole Miss
    Men - The No. 21 Ole Miss men set a school record in the distance medley relay and had a number of other standout performances in New York at the prestigious Armory Collegiate Invitational last weekend. The Rebels’ DMR team of Robert Domanic, Montez Griffin, Sean Tobin and Daniel Bulmer shattered a 29-year-old school record by running 9:40.17, which ranks them 12th in the NCAA this year and placed them runner-up to Wisconsin in the championship division race. Junior Robert Semien clocked a personal best of 7.81 to finish third in the 60m hurdle final and move up to No. 3 in school history and top 20 in the nation this season. Freshman Jalen Miller blazed his way to third place in the 60m final with a personal-best 6.62 that moved him up to No. 11 in NCAA this year and keeps him at fifth-best in school history. Also in the 60m, Kailo Moore (a running back on the football team) made his college track debut and also advanced to the final. His times of 6.79 in the 60 and 21.68 in the 200 both rank top 10 among Division I football players this indoor season. Bulmer, who anchored the DMR team, ran a time of 8:12.19 in the 3,000 meters on Saturday, which moved him into fifth place in the school record books. Freshman Trevor Gilley burst onto the scene by winning the college division mile run with a season-best time of 4:08.65 that ranks him ninth in school history. Sophomore Onyi Afoaku set a personal best with a shot put of 57-0.25 that placed him eighth in the high-level competition on Friday. He remains No. 2 in school history in that event. Junior Malcolm Davis placed third in the long jump college division with a PR of 24-3.75 that ranks him tied for sixth among SEC athletes this year. Sam Kendricks did not compete in New York and dropped to No. 2 in the NCAA pole vault ranks as Akron’s Shawn Barber jumped 18-6.75 to eclipse Kendricks’ 18-4.75. Kendricks, the reigning NCAA outdoor champion and a Bowerman watch lister, will be back in action this weekend in New Mexico. The Rebels have one more weekend of competition this Friday and Saturday (split between the Don Kirby Elite Invitational and the Husky Classic) before the SEC Championships in College Station (Feb. 27-March 1). Women - The Ole Miss women saw one school record fall and several athletes post season-best or career-best marks at the prestigious Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City last weekend. The Rebels’ 4x200m relay squad of Mary Ashton Nall, Kierra White, Erika Sisk and Kennadi Bouyer broke a 25-year-old school record when they clocked 1:43.66. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of that record is that only one of those (Bouyer) is a sprint specialist. The others are a multi-eventer (Nall) and two jumpers (White and Sisk). White and Sisk both established season bests in the triple jump at 40-0.5 for White and 38-8.25 for Sisk. That ranks them No. 9 and No. 13 in school history, respectively. Junior Taryn Hartfield made it to the final of the 60m hurdles, where she placed seventh in 8.62. She ran a season-best 8.47 in the semifinals. Sophomore Mary Alex England ran a personal-best 17:19.47 in the 5,000m to place fifth in the college division and ascend all the way up to No. 2 on the all-time Rebel list. Senior Amy McCrory ran a personal best of 5:02.91 in the mile, which is good for No. 8 in school history. The Rebels have one more weekend of competition this Friday and Saturday (split between the Don Kirby Elite Invitational and the Husky Classic) before the SEC Championships in College Station (Feb. 27-March 1).
    Mississippi State
    Experiencing the Big Apple in style, Mississippi State track and field capture second-place finishes at the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational on Saturday. Competing against 101 universities from across the country, the Maroon and White topped Southeastern Conference rivals Alabama, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The MSU women tallied 62 points on the weekend to finish behind No. 7 Arkansas, while the men totaled 59 points, nearly outscoring No. 4 Wisconsin (62 points). The Bulldogs’ accomplishments were seen across the board as they posted top performances both on and off the track. All-American Brandon McBride clocked a 1:48.29 to win the 800-meter run, narrowly missing a meet record by five hundredths of a second. Marcus Jackson, who won the high jump at Indoor Nationals in 2013, finished second at the New Balance Track and Field Center by clearing 7-03.75 in the event.  The MSU men’s and women’s relay teams saw a variety of Top 5 finishes as the day continued. The women’s distance medley relay team clocked an 11:38.93 to win the event. Katie Huston led the quartet, running the 1200-meter leg, while Shayla Luckett ran second (400 meters), Kaelin Kersh ran third (800 meters), and Emma Neigel, who ran 1600 meters, anchored the race. Both Bulldog 4x800-meter relays posted second-place finishes, the women in 9:00.63 and the men in 7:33.15. Dudley’s men were only 0.03 seconds shy of first. Freshman Rhianwedd Price found herself making an immediate impact for the Lady Bulldogs as took first in the 1000-meter run championship, posting a 2:47.32. Later, she also had a third-place time of 4:41.75 in the women’s one mile championship, a speed that places her third on MSU’s all-time performance list. Fellow newcomer Euricka Hardy also garnered a top score for the women during the 60-meter dash college section. The Oma, Miss., native finished second with a time of 7.57. Juniors Erica Bougard and Ocian Archer saw two more Top 5 running performances as Bougard placed third in the 60-meter hurdles championship (8.41) and Archer finished fifth in the women’s 500-meter dash championship (1:13.64). Triple jumper and All-American Jason Harper finished fourth in the event with a leap of 50-10.00. Lady leapers Rochelle Farquharson (41-05.75) and Ebony Brinker (41-05.25) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. McBride (1:01.40) and Scottie Hearn (1:01.58) led the way for the Maroon and White in the men’s 500-meter dash championship, finishing second and third, respectively. All-American Jarrett Samuels closed out action for the men with a leap of 24-01.00 in the long jump championship to finish fifth. After returning home from New York City, the Bulldog squads will begin preparation for the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville on Feb. 21-22.
    The University of Missouri split their weekend between the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City, and the Missouri Invitational at home in Columbia.  Between both meets, the Tigers emerged from the weekend with two Missouri School Record performances, two new All-Time Top Ten marks, and 12 personal record performances.  Kicking off the weekend was junior Kearsten Peoples in New York with her second School Record of the season.  Peoples threw 16.93m (55-6.5) to win the shot put competition and extend her own School Record, broken last year, by 2.25-inches.  Sophomore Markesh Woodson also had an exciting weekend, matching his own School Record of 6.60 in the 60m dash to place second in the event.  Woodson now holds the No. 2 spot in the SEC, is No. 6 in the NCAA, and No. 15 in the U.S. for his performance over the weekend.  Peoples also holds excellent rankings across the board after the weekend, coming in at No. 2 in the SEC, No. 6 in the NCAA, and No. 12 in the U.S. for the shot put.  Back in Columbia, freshman Lynnsey Brim continued her climb up the All-Time Top Ten list in the 60m dash, running a season's best of 7.77 to come in at No. 8 in the record books.  The second All-Time Top Ten improvement came at the hands of junior Maggie Givens, who won the pole vault competition with a mark of 3.95m (13-0.5) to take the No. 3 spot in Mizzou history.  The Tigers will hit the road for the last time before the SEC Championships this weekend as they travel down to Fayetteville for the Tyson Invitational (Feb. 14-15).
    South Carolina
    South Carolina traveled to New York City to compete in the Armory Collegiate Invitational, the USTFCCCA’s National Meet of the Week…the No. 15 women’s squad captured third place in their first scored meet of the season with a total of 55 points…senior high jumper Jeannelle Scheper stayed undefeated in 2014, taking the championship division at a meet-record height…Scheper cleared 6’2” (1.88m) and easily bested the field…the St. Lucia native was awarded the Evelyn Lawler Lewis Award, which recognizes the meet’s outstanding female competitor...Scheper topped a 1-2 Gamecock finish as redshirt sophomore Sarah Graham took second with a new lifetime best by over two feet at 5’10” 1Ž2 (1.79m)…Graham’s clearance is the second-best height in school history, behind Scheper’s school record of 6’3” 1Ž4...the women’s 4x200m relay defended South Carolina’s meet championship, running the fourth-best time in meet history at 1:37.18…in the 4x400-meter relay, the Gamecock women grabbed another win…the team of freshman Precious Holmes, sophomore Tyler Brockington, junior Tamera Harris and freshman Briana Haith ran a 3:37.79…the time is the 15th fastest time in the NCAA…riding a two-meet win streak, Holmes ran a collegiate best in the 400-meter dash championship division in the prelims and then set a new lifetime best (53.33) in the finals to capture second place...Holmes is the second-fastest freshman in the country at the distance and the fastest freshman in the SEC…she holds the 14th-best time in the NCAA this season…junior All-American Erika Rucker made her 2014 debut in the 400-meter dash over the weekend, finishing in fifth in the championship division (54.04)…freshman Marisa Bellamy collected her first collegiate win in the 400-meter dash collegiate division…Bellamy won and PR’d in both the prelims and the finals (55.30)…fellow freshman Maya Evans narrowly missed out on the win in the 500-meter college division…Evans’ second-place finish was good enough to score for South Carolina when added to the championship division times…before helping the women’s 4x4 to the win, Brockington set a new personal best in the 200-meter dash, racing to a fourth-place finish in the championship division at 24.09…in the 5,000-meter run, freshman Mary Reiser posted the sixth-best time in school history (17:17.94) for a third-place finish in the collegiate section…the men’s team was hampered by multiple injuries, but still saw some success on the track… in the 60-meter dash, juniors Kendall Kee and Eric Winfrey earned tickets in to the championship finals…Kee ran a 6.68 in the finals to take fourth and Winfrey took seventh with a 6.76… senior Chris Royster qualified for the 200-meter dash finals with the third-best time in the championship prelims…in the finals, Royster took fourth at 21.60…sophomore Jermaine Collier advanced all the way through the men’s 60-meter hurdles before being carded with a false start in the finals...fellow sophomore Dondre Echols, looked to be on his way to a solid weekend in the hurdles, but didn’t race in the semifinals as a precaution… up next, the Gamecocks head to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
    The Tennessee men's and women's track and field program finished third in the team standings to wrap up competition Saturday at the Aggie Invitational. UT attained four individual victories, 13 athlete personal bests, and 37 top-10 finishes on the day. Tennessee took third overall in both competitions with 90 and 88 points respectively. Texas A&M placed first and LSU was second on the weekend on the men's and women's side. During the two-day meet, the Big Orange achieved five event wins, 14 athlete personal bests, and 43 top-10 finishes. Next up for Tennessee track and field is the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Feb. 14-15.
    Texas A&M
    Texas A&M swept team titles for the third time this indoor season at home as they hosted the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational. Three SEC teams competing in the meet claimed the top three positions in both team scoring chases. The Aggie men totaled 160 points over LSU (99) and Tennessee (92) while the A&M women amassed 172 points to better LSU (96.5) and Tennessee (90) as well as the rest of the nine-team field. Texas A&M’s final home meet this Saturday prior to the SEC Championships will include conference foes Florida and Georgia among a field that includes Clemson, Cal State Northridge, Oklahoma, Rice and Texas State. Men – Deon Lendore ran the 200m for the first time indoors and equaled the world-leading time of 20.68 for the 2014 season as he took over the collegiate lead from teammate Prezel Hardy, Jr. Lendore’s time bettered roommate Shavez Hart’s 20.72 for second place while Michael Byran (20.98) and Hardy (21.11) completed an Aggie 1-2-3-4 finish. Lendore bettered the meet record of 20.69 set by Curtis Mitchell in 2010. In the 400 Aldrich Bailey, Jr. matched his time of 46.25 set the previous week in claiming a win and then anchored the 4x400 to a 3:06.18 victory with a 45.97 split. Wayne Davis II won the 60 hurdles in 7.80, Devion Harris cleared 6-11 for the high jump victory, Jeffrey Prothro claimed the triple jump with a 49-3, and Josh Hernandez was awarded the 800 with a 1:51.51. Women – Brea Garrett became the collegiate leader in the weight throw and the No. 10 collegian all-time with a six-foot improvement to 74-4 ¾ (22.66). Garrett’s series included five marks over her previous A&M school record as well as three attempts that surpassed 71 feet. She broke the meet record of 72-2 ¼ (20.00) set in 2013 and just missed the facility record of 74-5 ½ (22.69) set during the 2011 NCAA Championships by Felisha Johnson of Indiana State. Aggie Jena Hemann just missed her school record in the pentathlon by 14 points as she scored 4,003 for the victory. Texas A&M enjoyed a 1-2-3-4-5 finish in the 5,000 meters as Grace Fletcher won the race in a meet record of 16:13.71, improving her previous best by 44 seconds, with Hillary Montgomery second in 16:19.91 to improve her previous best by 36 seconds as A&M frosh Karis Jochen posted a 16:48.97 in her debut at the distance. Kamaria Brown broke the meet record in the 400 as her 52.73 topped the 52.79 set by Oregon’s Keisha Baker in 2010. Aggie Janeil Bellille set a career best of 53.05 as runner-up to Brown. Brittany Wooten became the No. 2 performer in A&M history with a winning height of 13-4 ½ (4.08). Olivia Ekpone won the 200 meters in 23.67 with Shamier Little placing second with a 23.72. Little added a personal best in the 60 hurdles as her 8.43 placed fourth.
    Traveling to New York for the New Balance Armory Collegiate Invitational, the Commodores thrived throughout the two-day event, eventually leaving town with a bevy of impressive numbers. They held down seventh-place among the 100-plus schools at the meet on Saturday night. … The Commodores had a large number of showings that ranked among the top-10 in the program's history, including a school record set by freshman Sarah Bell in the pole vault, a first-place finish by senior Liz Anderson in her first-ever indoor 5K and an attention-grabbing performance by freshman Courtney Clayton with a second-place finish in the 800. … Bell set a new school indoor record in the pole vault by clearing 13-01.50. … Anderson, competing in an indoor 5000-meter run for the first time in her decorated career, posted a first-place time of 16:36:11. Anderson dominated the event, finishing eight seconds ahead of second-place finisher Emily Durgin (16:44.13) of Connecticut. Anderson's time was the third best mark in the program's history. … Clayton earned a second-place finish in the 800 with a time of 2:07.60. It was a new personal best for Clayton, and the second-best time in Commodore indoor history. … Other top marks included: Carmen Carlos taking fifth in the 3000-meter dash with a time of 9:41.65 (ninth best on the Vanderbilt all-time list); Brionne Williams finishing in a three-way tie for fifth in the high jump, clearing 5-07.25 (sixth best on the Vanderbilt all-time list); Simone Charley earning ninth in the triple jump at 41-00.25 (third best on the Vanderbilt all-time list); Skyler Carpenter taking 10th in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:15.37 (second best on the Vanderbilt all-time list); Jennifer Cannon earning ninth in the high jump at 5-05.25 (tied for eighth on the Vanderbilt all-time list); Hannah Jumper finishing ninth in the 1-mile run at 5:01.08. … Vanderbilt will have a split squad next weekend, with some athletes going to Seattle and others to Arkansas for the Tyson Invitational.