BATON ROUGE, La. – The Texas A&M men’s and women’s track & field teams prepare to compete at the SEC Outdoor Championship meet hosted by LSU at Bernie Moore Stadium starting Thursday and wrapping up Saturday.
A highly competitive conference, the SEC is home to nine ranked women’s teams and seven ranked men’s teams. The Aggie women enter the meet ranked No. 7, while their competition includes No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Arkansas, No. 6 LSU, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Kentucky, No. 10 Ole Miss, No. 18 Alabama and No. 20 Tennessee. The Texas A&M men will face off against No. 1 Arkansas, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 6 LSU, No. 16 Georgia and No. 24 Auburn.
The Aggies enter the meet with 12 competitors ranked in the top three in their respective events, including two conference leaders.
Lamara Distin holds three consecutive SEC high jump titles to her name and enters as the favorite with her season best mark of 6-4.75/1.95m, which leads the nation. Distin has jumped at two meets during the outdoor season, clearing 6-4/1.93m to finish as the top collegian at the Mt. SAC Relays, and winning the LSU Alumni Gold meet with a clearance over 6-4.75/1.95m.
Teddy Radtke leads the conference with his 3000m steeplechase time of 8:54.00, which he ran at the Penn Relays. Radtke made a huge breakthrough at the SEC meet last year, finishing fourth in a time of 8:54.70, taking over 10 seconds off his previous personal best. He leads the SEC and is one of only conference two athletes to break the nine-minute barrier this year.
Other Aggies in the top three of their events include Jermaisha Arnold (No. 2 400m, 50.71), Tierra Robinson-Jones (No. 3 400m, 50.90), Julia Abell (No. 3 3000m Steeplechase, 10:13.74), Heather Abadie (No. 2 Pole Vault, 14-1.75/4.34m), Lianna Davidson (No. 2 Javelin, 187-4/57.09m), Joniar Thomas (No. 3 Heptathlon, 5557), Women’s 4x400m (No. 2, 3:25.79), Connor Schulman (No. 3 110m Hurdles, 13.54), Zach Davis (No. 2 Pole Vault, 17-7.75/5.38m) and Jack Mann III (No. 3 Pole Vault, 17-6.5/5.35m).
The Maroon & White return 14 athletes that scored at the 2022 SEC Outdoor Championship meet. Along with Distin (first, high jump) and Radtke (fourth, 3000m Steeplechase), the Aggies return Ryan Martin (eighth, 100m), Connor Schulman (seventh, 110m Hurdles), Tierra Robinson-Jones (sixth, 400m),
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