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Texas A&M Inks State’s No. 3 800m Prospect

A native of Lake Jackson, Texas, Whitmarsh is the No. 3 800m recruit in the Lone Star State, and ranks No. 19 nationally.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M men’s track & field program and head coach Pat Henry announced the signing of Robert “Sam” Whitmarsh to a National Letter of Intent.

 

“This kid is about 6’5” and has tremendous upside,” Henry stated. “He has one of the best 800m times in the country and I think he will surprise people at the 400m. He is similar to a lot of our half-milers that we currently have and have had in the past, not only are they great 800m runners but they can run a really fine 400m.”

 

A native of Lake Jackson, Texas, Whitmarsh is the No. 3 800m recruit in the Lone Star State, and ranks No. 19 nationally.

 

In 2019, Whitmarsh exploded on the track & field scene as a sophomore. He won seven of the eight 800m races entered en route to the UIL 6A Track & Field Championship with a personal best time of 1:51.73.

 

Showcasing his versatility, Whitmarsh also won seven 400m races in 2019 including the UIL 6A – District 23 Championship where he clocked a personal best time at 48.25.

 

As a junior, he was a UIL 6A State Cross Country Championships qualifier after finishing second at the UIL 6A – District 23 Cross Country Championship and 13th in the regional meet. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic ending his track season early, Whitmarsh swept the 400m and 800m in all three of the meets he entered.

 

This past October, Whitmarsh claimed the 2020 UIL 6A – District 24 Cross Country Championship 5000m title with a time of 15:37.22. He finished top three in all six of the meets he entered in the fall.

 

Robert “Sam” Whitmarsh (Brazoswood HS/Lake Jackson, Texas)

Personal Bests: 

200m – 23.11

400m – 48.25

800m – 1:51.73

Three-Mile (xc) – 15:28.11

5000m (xc) – 15:37.22