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Today in Aggie History, May 26: Fred Kerley breaks 25-year-old record in 400 meter race

Today in Aggie History, May 26: Fred Kerley breaks 25-year-old record in 400 meter race

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Fred Kerley breaks college record in men's 400 meters

Austin American-Statesman photo by Jay Janner: Texas A&M's Fred Kerley celebrates after breaking the college record in the men's 400 meters at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Austin.

May 26, 2017: Texas A&M's Fred Kerley won the men's 400 meters at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin with a 43.70 second run, breaking the 25-year-old record set by Quincy Watts. 

"Maybe one of the best collegiate performances in history," A&M track coach Pat Henry said. "You start looking at big-time huge performances ... 43.7 is just one of the greatest performances of all time."

May 26, 1899: Gov. Joseph Sayers invited the entire A&M student body to attend the governor's reception in Austin, according to A Centennial History of Texas A&M. The cadets left by train on May 26, 1899, and returned the next day, according to The Battalion.

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