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A&M track and field finishes second at SEC outdoor championship

The Texas A&M track and field team finished second in both divisions at the 2015 Outdoor SEC Championships in Starkville, Mississippi this weekend. The No. 9 women finished 23.5 points behind champion Arkansas with a team total of 104 points. The No. 1 men tied with Arkansas to earn a share of the runner up position behind men’s champion Florida. 
“I’m pleased with the efforts of the vast majority of the group,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry to the media after the meet. “We left a lot of points on the table, especially on the men’s side. I think the ladies performed at a pretty high level. Once again to be second in the Southeastern conference is a huge accomplishments for both of these groups.”
Senior sprinter Shavez Hart was awarded the SEC’s Commissioner’s Trophy as the highest point scorer in the men’s division. Hart earned a total of 21 ¾ points for his squad with after winning first in the 100 meters (10.13), finishing second in the 200 meters (20.23), running legs on the first place 4×100 relay and fourth place 4×400 meter team.
“This was my goal coming into the meet, to be honest, and I got it,” Hart told the media in Starkville. “I was confident in all of my events, so I knew I was capable of having a great performance, but to actually do it was pretty awesome watching everything unfold.”
Hart’s housemate and fellow senior, Deon Lendore, posted the second fastest time in the world this season in his open quarter mile victory. Lendore, who was also the anchor leg for the mile relay team, ran a 44.41 to win his fourth consecutive outdoor conference title. That time trails only defending Olympic champion Kirani James’ season mark of 44.22.  It’s also the second fastest 400 in school history, behind Lendore’s record-breaking time of 44.36 at last year’s SEC outdoors.
Latario Collie and Audie Wyatt both posted second place finishes for the men in the field events. Collie, broke the A&M school record in the triple jump with a mark of 56 feet, 7.25 inches. Wyatt, a freshman newcomer, took second in the pole vault with a career best of 17 feet, 11.75 inches.
On the women’s side, Shelbi Vaughn won her third consecutive SEC title in the discus. Vaughn won her event in dominating fashion, breaking her own championship meet record and finishing a full 24 feet in front of her competition with a mark of 211 feet, 8 inches. Vaughn’s mark is the best American throw this season and the fifth best performance in collegiate history.
“I came in wanting to break my SEC meet record,” said Vaughn to the media. “It’s really great to win a third consecutive title, not many people can say that and I have one more year to go to get a complete set of wins.”
Sophomore Shamier Little overcame multiple weather delays and managed to break the school record in the 400 hurdles. Little won the event with a world leading time of 54.68, a time that broke the previous school record she set last year as a freshman at the NCAA Championships. This is the third individual conference championship for in her two-year career. Little is the defending NCAA outdoor champion in the 400 hurdles.
“It was pretty exciting considering the weather conditions,” Little said. “I was a little worried with the rain, mainly with my glasses and my vision. Once I got to the line and the gun went off I just had to set all of that behind. In the beginning of the race I didn’t want to let Harrison get too far away from me. By the eighth hurdle, where the race really starts, is when I felt like I had it and I kicked in to bring it home.” 
The women’s 4×100 relay team won their ninth consecutive conference title with a blazing time of 42.61. Their time broke the previous meet record of 42.80 set by LSU in 2008. The quartet of Jennifer Madu, Ashton Purvis, Kamaria Brown, and Aaliyah Brown not only broke the SEC meet record, their time moved them up to No. 3 on this season’s world list and broke the previous collegiate best time of 43.03 set by the squad earlier this season. 
K. Brown also added to her team total by taking second place in the women’s 200. A. Brown took the top stop in the open 100. Freshman Kristen Clark finished third in the women’s javelin.

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