Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Another pair of honors were bestowed upon the Texas A&M men's and women's track and field teams for the 2011 season as Track & Field News announced the top teams from its annual national relay rankings, which appear in the October issue.
In the 55th edition of the national relay rankings by the monthly magazine, the Aggies topped the men's field with 45 points, enjoying an 11-point margin over Arkansas, while the women edged LSU by three points, 35-32. A&M's sweep of the relay rankings is the first since LSU accomplished the same feat in 2008 while Florida achieved the distinction in 2001.
"Relays for us are a huge part of the sport and we work hard to be successful at them," said Aggie head coach Pat Henry. "The other part of being successful in the relay events is you must have depth. Adding that depth to our team has been part of the challenge in building a championship program."
Of the eight relay events scored, seven are on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point basis for the top 10 positions. Those relay events include 4 x 100, 4 x 200, 4 x 400, 4 x 800, 4 x Mile, Sprint Medley and Distance Medley. The 4 x 100 hurdles relay consists of five positions scored 5-4-3-2-1.
The Texas A&M women bettered LSU, the 2010 women's relay rankings winner, by sweeping first place honors in four events. For the third year in a row the Aggies were number one in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays, added a second consecutive title in the 4 x 100 hurdles and earned number one status in the 4 x 400.
A&M had the collegiate leading time for the 2011 season in the 4 x 200 (1:29.96), 4 x 400 (3:26.31) and shuttle hurdle relay (53.41) and were second nationally in the 4 x 100 (42.87), an event the Aggies defeated LSU in three of their four meetings this past spring.
Totaling 32 points, LSU topped the field in the sprint medley relay for a third consecutive year and finished second in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 while placing seventh in the 4 x 400. The rest of the women's field included Georgetown (28), Texas (23), Arkansas (20), Villanova (17), Auburn (16), with Central Florida, Duke and Oregon (15) tied for eighth.
For the A&M men the 45 point tally came from being ranked first in the 4 x 400 and runner-up in the 4 x 100, 4 x 200 and sprint medley along with a third place in the 4 x 800.
The Aggie men were collegiate leaders in the 4 x 100 (38.38), 4 x 400 (3:00.45) and sprint medley (3:15.18). They ranked second nationally in the 4 x 200 (1:20.72) and third nationally in the 4 x 800 (7:14.02).
Behind the Aggies and Arkansas the rest of the men's top 10 teams included LSU (26), Baylor (23), Indiana (20), Penn State (19), Florida (18), Florida State (16), and a tie between BYU and Minnesota (15) for ninth.
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