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Texas A&M’s Webb dominates Texas Relays

March 31, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Taking off his cleats and sipping a cup of water after cruising to the 100 meters title at the Texas Relays, Texas A&M’s Ameer Webb looked to the future and smiled.

“We want that national championship,” Webb said. “We want to smash nationals.”

His optimism is understandable. The Aggies are fast and out it prove it.

Webb is a 200 specialist and his win in the 100 capped an impressive team performance that saw the Aggies men snatch three victories Saturday in the first big outdoor meet of the year.

Running on a sunny and pleasantly breezy day in front of about 20,000, the Texas A&M men won the 400 and 800 invitational relays and the women won the 400 relay.

Webb and teammates Michael Bryan, Prezel Hardy and Aldrich Bailey ran both of the winning relays. Their time of 38.64 seconds in the 400 was third-best in the world this year.

Webb took the 100 in 10.14 seconds in a race that he had under control from the start.

“After the relays, I just wanted to come out and put up a good time,” Webb said. “I didn’t expect to win like that. I’m proud of myself.”

Texas A&M women’ tied the meet record in the 400 relay in 42.56 seconds, matching the mark the Aggies set in 2010.

Louisiana State’s Kimberlyn Duncan defender her title in the women’s 100, coasting past the field with a wind-aided 11.06.

Like Webb, Duncan’s specialty is the 200 meters. They both won NCAA indoors titles in that event earlier this month and moving outdoors had little effect.

“I felt good,” said Duncan, who added she’ll start running the 200 next week. “I feel like I can win the (100), but there are girls out there who are going to push it. I’ll have to keep up with them. I’m ready to see what it looks like.”

Indiana’s Derek Drouin won the men’s high jump with a height of 7 feet, 6 ½ inches, topping a talented field that included four of the top six finishers at the NCAA indoor championships. Six jumpers cleared at least 7-3 Saturday.

“I think that I jumped pretty well. I said coming in I would be happy with 7-6 and got a good clearance out of that,” Drouin said. “Hopefully even higher heights will come toward the end of the season toward championship time.”

Drouin won a bronze medal at the London Olympics last year for Canada. Two-time defending Texas Relays champion and Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard of Kansas State faded to third behind Mississippi State’s Marcus Jackson.

Drouin, Jackson and Kynard also finished 1-2-3 at the indoors championships..

“It’s upsetting but it happens,” Kynard said. “Derek is a great jumper. We’ve been battling for a while ... We have a rivalry here, no bones about it.”

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