Romano and Radtke Record 1-2 Finish in Steeplechase at SEC Outdoor Championships – Texas A&M Athletics

Romano and Radtke Record 1-2 Finish in Steeplechase at SEC Outdoor Championships - Texas A&M Athletics

BATON ROUGE, La. – Francesco Romano and Teddy Radkte took the top two places in the 3000m steeplechase as the Texas A&M men’s and women’s track & field teams completed day two of the SEC Outdoor Championship meet at Bernie Moore Stadium on Friday.
Running his first SEC Outdoor Championship ever, Romano made a huge move with three laps to go, taking the lead and holding on all the way to the line, crossing in 8:54.79, taking more than five seconds off his previous personal best. His time moves him to the No. 7 performer spot in school history. Running behind him, Radtke made a move of his own with a half mile to go, taking the second position and showing off his strong kick to hold onto silver, completing the Aggie 1-2 finish. The duo received the Aggies’ first SEC steeplechase medals since Raymond Gonzales earned silver in 2018.
Heather Abadie improved her school record in the pole vault, clearing 14-3.25/4.35m to earn the silver medal. Abadie has finished in the top three of all eight pole vault competitions this season, finishing first or second in seven of those. She has placed in every SEC competition she has competed in for the Aggies dating back to February 2022. With the clearance, Abadie now holds the top six marks in school history. Ava Riche also earned a point in the pole vault competition, clearing a collegiate personal best 12-11.5/3.95m.
Joniar Thomas walked out of the pentathlon competition with the silver medal around her neck, scoring a personal best 5941 points. Thomas recorded lifetime bests in each day two event, long jumping 20-10/6.35m, throwing the javelin 139-10/42.64m, and running 2:23.20 in the 800m. Her overall score makes her the fourth best pentathlon performer in Texas A&M history, while her long jump makes her the No. 8 best jumper in school history. Her pentathlon total and 100m hurdles performance from yesterday (13.71) are pending ratification to be Grenadan national records.
Carter Bajoit finished fourth in the high jump, clearing 7-0.5/2.15m, his season best. The finish is Bajoit’s highest career placement at an outdoor SEC meet and ties his highest jump in the past year.
In the women’s 3000m steeplechase, Julia Abell finished fifth to give the Aggie women an additional four points. Abell’s time of 10:24.30 is her second fastest time ever and registers as the No….

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