Texas A&M’s Jazmine Fray Runs Massive PB to Break NCAA 800m Record

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by LetsRun.com
February 11, 2017

Texas A&M University is becoming 800m University.

Sophomore Jazmine Fray, a virtual unknown on the national stage, ran a massive PB of 2:00.69 at the Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational to break the NCAA indoor 800m record of 2:00.85 (Nicole Cook from 2005) .

Prior to today’s Fray’s personal best was 2:03.25 outdoors and 2:04.76 indoors. She skipped the 2:01s and 2:02s in their entirety to get the NCAA record.

Fray had shown in 2017 that she has good speed and endurance as she had run 53.91 for 400m and run 4:44.87 for the mile, coming close to the Texas A&M record in the mile. None of that showed she was ready for her amazing performance on Saturday.

Post-race, Fray said, “I just think it’s crazy, that’s not what I was striving for. I wanted to run fast, I wanted to run 2:02 or 2:01. I didn’t even know what the collegiate record was going into the race. When I ran 2:00 I didn’t know I had broken the collegiate record. … It’s really exciting and one of the first times that I’m genuinely really proud of myself. It was really special, and it was special to do it for my team. I looked to the side and the whole team was cheering for me. They’re standing up to watch me, they’re so excited and clapping. I feel like I did it for them.”

Last year A&M had men’s 800m sensation Donavan Brazier who would run 1:43.55 by the end of the season under the tutelage of coach Alleyne Francique.

Event 28  Women 800 Meter Run
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    Facility: F 2:06.27  2007        Brie Felnagie, North Carolina        
     Clemson: C 2:01.64  2015        Natoya Goule, Clemson                
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  H# Points
==========================================================================
Finals                                                                    
  1 Fray, Jazmine             SO Texas A&M              2:00.69F  1       
       29.347 (29.347)         58.958 (29.612)       1:29.378 (30.420)    
     2:00.683 (31.305)                                                    
  2 Farrow, Ersula            SO Clemson                2:05.01F  1       
       29.568 (29.568)         59.333 (29.765)       1:30.843 (31.510)    
     2:05.008 (34.165)                                                    
  3 Barnett, Grace            JR Clemson                2:07.91   1       
       31.466 (31.466)       1:02.923 (31.457)       1:34.579 (31.657)    
     2:07.903 (33.324)                                                    
  4 Williams, Kristyn         SO Alabama                2:07.99   1       
       29.613 (29.613)       1:01.403 (31.790)       1:34.851 (33.448)    
     2:07.986 (33.135)                                                    
  5 Warner, Lakeisha          FR Clemson                2:09.37   1       
       29.905 (29.905)       1:01.445 (31.540)       1:35.358 (33.913)    
     2:09.370 (34.013)                                                    
  6 McGowan, Imani            SO Clemson                2:09.93   2       
       30.053 (30.053)       1:02.552 (32.499)       1:35.874 (33.323)    
     2:09.923 (34.050)                                                    
  7 Gaudreault, Gabriella        Unattached             2:10.11   2       
       31.186 (31.186)       1:04.023 (32.838)       1:36.315 (32.292)    
     2:10.106 (33.791)                                                    
  8 Maydew, Dana              SO Clemson                2:12.41   2       
       30.835 (30.835)       1:03.940 (33.105)       1:37.756 (33.816)    
     2:12.403 (34.648)

In the video below Fray talks about coming to A&M and how when she was first recruited by the Aggies she thought the school was too good for her. “No I won’t do an official visit there because I can’t run there… (They are too good) I can’t do that,” she says. Clearly that is not the case. Congrats to Jazmine.

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