Texas A&M Men & Women Claim Third-Straight NCAA Outdoor T&F Championship
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          Release: 06/11/2011
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Texas A&M made history by becaming the first program to win both men's and women's NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship team titles for three-straight years as the Aggies claimed the dual crown in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.

Both titles came down to the final event, the 4x400 meter relay, which TAMU swept in dramatic fashion to achieve the triple-double.

In the women's relay the Aggies entered the race tied with Oregon at 39 points apiece. Leading the team chase at that point was LSU with 43.5 points while Oklahoma sat in second with 42 points, however, neither team had an entry in the 4x400.

Jessica Beard powered to a collegiate best 49.14 split on the anchor leg as the Aggies set a school record of 3:26.31 over Auburn's 3:26.46. Meanwhile, Oregon placed third in 3:28.18. The final tally had Texas A&M on top with 49 points with Oregon second at 45. TAMU's time also set a Drake Stadium record.

The Aggie men also needed a victory in the 4x400 relay to claim their title. Tabarie Henry anchored in 44.86 to secure a 3:00.62 victory over LSU's 3:01.07 while Florida placed sixth in 3:05.20. After the race the point totals had Texas A&M on top with 55 points with Florida State in second at 54.

All three of the Texas A&M men's title have been narrow victories as the Aggies won the 2009 title by two points over a three-way tie for second and captured the 2010 title by a single point over the Gators.

The Aggie men and women also recorded runner-up finishes in the 4x100 meter relay to add to thier winning efforts.

Oklahoma recorded a program-best fourth place finish with 42 points. Prior to Saturday's finish, the Oklahoma women had a program-best finish of ninth at last year's NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., and a previous best of 29 points at the 1982 NCAA Championships. The Sooners were propelled by a national title in the javelin throw from Brittany Borman and runne-up finishes from Candyce McGrone (100 meter dash) and Tia Brooks (shot put).

The Texas Tech men finished second-best of all league schools with 26 points for ninth place. It is the second-best finish and point total by the Red Raiders in program history.

This year was the first time Kansas State has had both its men's and women's teams finish in the top 25 since 1999. With the women recording a 13th-place finish and the men tying for 16th, it is the first time the Wildcats have had both teams place in the top 20.

In individual event titles, the Big 12 recorded 26 top three finishes and nine titles.  

2011 NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

TEAM RESULTS
Men

1. Texas A&M - 55
9. Texas Tech - 26
12. Texas - 18
T16. Kansas State - 16
18. Kansas - 14
20. Oklahoma - 11
T32. Baylor - 9
38. Nebraska - 6
T41. Missouri - 5
T46. Iowa State - 4
T64. Colorado - 1

Women
1. Texas A&M - 49
4. Oklahoma - 42
T8. Texas - 19
13. Kansas State - 19
T17. Colorado - 16
T23. Kansas - 13
T32. Nebraska - 9
T34. Oklahoma State - 8
T38. Baylor - 7
T44. Iowa State - 5
T54. Texas Tech - 3

MEN'S MEDALISTS

Discus Throw

1. Julian Wruck, Texas Tech, 61.81m, 202-9
3. Mason Finley, Kansas, 60.16m, 197-4

Javelin
3. Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M, 75.05m, 246-2

100 meter dash
2. Mookie Salaam, Oklahoma, 9.97

400 meter hurdles
3. Bryce Brown, Texas Tech, 49.71

High Jump
1. Erik Kynard, Kansas State, 2.29m, 7-6.00

400 meter relay
2. Texas A&M, 38.91

1600 meter relay
1. Texas A&M, 3:00.62

Triple Jump
3. Julian Reid, Texas A&M, 16.77m, 55-0.25

WOMEN'S MEDALISTS
Long Jump
2. Ti'ana Mock, Oklahoma, 6.64m, 21-9.5

Javelin Throw
1. Brittany Borman, Oklahoma, 54.32m, 178-2

High Jump
2. Victoria Lucas, Texas, 1.83m, 6-0
3. Shanay Briscoe, Texas, 1.83m, 6-0

400 meter hurdles
3. Ryann Krais, Kansas State, 55.646

100 meter dash
1. Candyce McGrone, Oklahoma, 11.08

400 meter dash
1. Jessica Beard, Texas A&M, 51.10
3. Diamond Dixon, Kansas, 51.88

800 meter run
2. Natalja Piliusina, Oklahoma State, 2:02.16

Heptathlon
1. Ryann Krais, Kansas State, 5961

Shot Put
2. Tia Brooks, Oklahoma, 18.00m, 59-0.75

400 meter relay
2. Texas A&M, 42.93

1600 meter relay
1. Texas A&M, 3:26.31

200 meter dash
2. Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M, 22.34
3. Tiffany Townsend, Baylor, 22.58

3000 meter steeplechase
1. Emma Coburn, Colorado, 9:41.14
3. Shalaya Kipp, Colorado, 9:56.37

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