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TRACK & FIELD CENTRAL: Texas A&M Challenge

Jan. 24, 2013


TEXAS A&M MONDO CHALLENGE
Jan. 25-26, 2013   |   All Day
Gilliam Stadium   |   College Station, TX

STARTING BLOCKS
  • For the second-straight season, the UT track & field team will participate in the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge, where it will join forces with the Aggies to represent the SEC in a tri-conference dual against the Big 12 and Pac-12 at Gilliam Indoor Stadium in College Station, Texas.
  • The annual event, which is set to begin Friday at 7 p.m. ET and run all day Saturday, features two teams from the Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC in a conference challenge format where the leagues compete as one against the other conferences.

  • The Big Orange and first-year member Texas A&M will unite to represent the SEC; TCU and Texas Tech will compete for the Big 12, while Arizona State and USC will carry the banner of the Pac-12.
  • Three top-five teams will be in attendance this weekend as the Aggie men and women rank No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, while Arizona State's men's squad sits at No. 4 in the nation.

RETURNING INDOOR ALL-AMERICANS

LAST SEASON'S MONDO CHALLENGE

  • The Lady Vol distance medley relay opened the event by posting a NCAA qualifying time and one of the fastest marks in school history. Then-seniors Chanelle Price, Ellen Wortham and Brittany Sheffey as well as now-senior Nijgia Snapp covered the distance in 11:02.74 - the fifth-best readout in UT history.
  • The Big Orange collected two victories and four runner-up finishes, and provided 21 other point-producing performances on day two at Gilliam Indoor Stadium.
  • The Lady Vols contributed heavily to the SEC's triumph in the women's conference showdown. Price won the women's 800m in a meet record 2:05.33. Annie Alexander and Kia Jackson added runner-up finishes in the shot put and long jump, respectively.
  • The Vols provided a 1-2-3 sweep in the pole vault, as former Vol Robert Rasnick and then-sophomores Chase Brannon and Tyler Porter placed first, second and third, respectively. Matthew Hoty also carded a second-place mark in the men's shot put.
  • The SEC tallied 216 points to hold off the Big 12 (214) and the Pac-12 (178) on the women's side. In the men's competition, the Big 12 prevailed with 277.25 points, followed by the Pac-12 (227.25) and SEC (164.50)

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