By: Tyler Pounds, Athletics Communications
BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s and women’s track teams won the Texas Aggie Invitational Saturday night at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. The women’s team won with 178 points, while the men’s team won with 144 points.
Texas A&M ended the evening victorious in thirteen events, including the 4x400m mixed relay. The women’s team won eight events, while the men finished first in four. Deshae Wise finished as the top middle schooler in the women’s 60m hurdles, placing second behind Aggie pro and Tokyo Olympian Annie Kunz.
Six Aggies have climbed the ranks on Texas A&M’s Top 12 Indoor Artists of All Time list, including two in the men’s high jump. Carter Bajoit and Mason Corbin went bar for bar finishing the night with personal bests at 7-1.5/2.17m to become the eighth best performers in school history. Bajoit, already a member of the seven-foot club, rose from No. 11 on the list. Corbin, entering the competition with a personal best of 6-11.5/2.12m, set a double personal best with clearances of 7-0.25/2.14m and 7-1.5/2 .17 m. The Katy native became the 12th all-time inside Aggie to join the illustrious seven-foot club.
Rookie Heather Abadie improved on her college-best clearance to 13-8.5/4.18m, which improved her No. 3 ranking on the all-time indoor list. Senior Zhane Smith cracked the top 12 with a time of 7.29 over 60m, making her the ninth fastest Aggie of all time. Rookie Gemma Goddard and junior Gavin Hoffpauir etched their names in history as Goddard became the 11th fastest female indoor mile performer at 4:51.67, while Hoffpauir became the 12th fastest performer men’s fast on the indoor mile at 4:06.19.
A total of 34 Aggies have set or tied personal bests, including Keanu Jones and Sydnee Stewart at multiple events. Jones, a freshman from Brenham, tied his personal best in the 60m at 6.82 and clocked a new personal best in the 200m at 21.76. Stewart, a sophomore from Grand Prairie, recorded personal bests in the 60m (7.54) and 200m (24.62).
Texas A&M is heading to Lubbock on January 28 to compete in the Texas Tech Open.
Texas A&M Quotes
Head Coach Pat Henry
Overall I thought it was really good. Deshae [Wise] looked a little better. It was good to have Annie Kunz here. Deshae improves every time she hits the track and it was a good race. Zhane Smith’s 60m was very good and she also had a good long jump, with Deborah [Acquah] who jumped 21-2. heater [Abadie] continues to look good in the pole vault. We had a lot of personal bests, including Luke Barrett who placed second in the shot put. Our distance group looked good today. Henry Jaques, a new guy who just started the program, got on the track and ran 8:20, which is a good opening time for him at 3km. Our female milers ran well. Gem [Goddard] ran a 4:51 today and Julia [Black] ran 4:55 which was a 10 second PR. Keanu Jones, who has run 6.82 on several occasions, will run faster once he gets more familiar with the 60m. The 60m is just different from the 100m and so for a freshman it’s hard to train. Overall I think we got some good things out of ourselves today. We have a certain consistency with certain people who will help us on the road.
in the men’s high jump group…
“In my years here, we’ve never had three guys on 7-1. These guys are gaining confidence and there is a good dynamic within the group. It’s a proud bunch of guys out there.
High jumper Mason Corbin
by joining the seven-foot club…
“It’s hard to put into words. I waited over four years to break through that seven foot barrier. When I entered university, I had to start over; I had a new approach and a new technique. It’s my last year and it couldn’t have been a better time to break through that barrier. I’m so glad it all came together. To be able to do PR twice in the same meet, and look up and see my family and friends supporting me was amazing.
on the brotherhood of the men’s high jump team…
“The band with Carter [Bajoit]James [Lamberth]and Ich [Williams] got closer. We all get along well, we train hard, we push each other in training and we all love to see each other succeed. Right now, having three seven-footers on the same team is a big deal in the NCAA. I know Ish has it in him too. While I’m here, I’ll try to be a good mentor to him and help him reach the highest possible heights.
on the technical staff…
“We have a great group of coaches around us. Coach Brady and I are always on the same page. When I look at him, I already know what he’s going to say that I need to fix. Coach Mo has been amazing. He helps me with all the technical aspects that I never think about. I also have to credit my strength coach, Coach Kubicek. I feel stronger than ever. We’ve worked really hard in the offseason and he pushes me to be the best version of myself.