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Texas A&M University Wins State Farm Lone Star Showdown

May 19, 2009

DALLAS -- Texas A&M University has once again retained the trophy as champions of the State Farm Lone Star Showdown.

On the strength of its women's conference title and men's second-place performance at the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Aggies scored two points in the Showdown standings in this year's final weekend of competition to pull even with the University of Texas.

Each school finished with 9.5 points in the final standings, but as defending champions, Texas A&M will keep the trophy for another school year, according to the rules agreed upon by both universities.

"I am so proud of our Aggie student-athletes and coaches and their combined efforts in keeping the State Farm Showdown Trophy here in Aggieland," said Bill Byrne, Athletic Director, Texas A&M University. "Much like the Ryder Cup, when you have it in your possession, the opposing team has to take it from you."

"It came down to the final meeting this year which just happened to be at the Big 12 Track and Field Championships, and our men's and women's squads, led by Coach Pat Henry, swept the points to secure a tie with 9.5 points for each school," Byrne said.

"You can see the competitiveness each time these flagship schools of the great State of Texas square off," Byrne said. "We appreciate State Farm and the extra attention that is afforded to all of our teams when we meet in friendly athletic competition."

The State Farm Lone Star Showdown, which is administered by IMG, was created prior to the 2004-2005 school year in order to highlight the rivalry between the state's two largest public universities in all sports. The University of Texas was crowned champions each of the Showdown's first three years, but Texas A&M has now won the trophy each of the last two years. State Farm has been the presenting sponsor of the Showdown since its inception.

The 2009-2010 State Farm Lone Star Showdown begins when the Aggie and Longhorn volleyball teams face each other in Austin on September 30.

For more information, please contact:

Adam Hochfelder, IMG College 972-392-5753
Brad Hilliard, IMG College 469-463-0760

For more information about the State Farm Lone Star Showdown, please visit www.lonestarshowdown.net.

For more information about Texas A&M athletics, please visit www.aggieathletics.com.

For more information about The University of Texas athletics, please visit www.texassports.com.

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