Mu announced her commitment while receiving the
Youth Athlete of the Year award at the USATF Night of Legends on Saturday.
After a late
start to the recruiting process, eight home visits and an undisclosed number
of official visits, Mu was ready to share the decision that everyone was
waiting for ... when they least expected it.
the senior went on her first official visit to the Aggies, but she was also showing
interest in Oregon, Penn State, Illinois, Ohio State, Kansas, Tennessee and
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The Aggies, who produced 2019 World Athletics 800-meter Champion Donovan Brazier, have
already done some stellar recruiting this season, with the commitments of
Dominique Mustin, Laila Owens, Alicia Burnett and Angelica Street, but the future
dominance of Mu -- an Olympic hopeful and potential pro-prospect -- brings this group over the top.
The women of
Texas A&M have placed at least top five at outdoor nationals 11 times in
the past 13 years. The Aggies' last national championship was in 2014, but after
placing fourth in 2019 they could be on the horizon of something special with
this new group.
Mu will definitely
be the catalyst for the Aggies, and she is arguably their most decorated commit in history, following the likes of Samantha Watson.
Still, the remaining two seasons of 2019-2020 remain important for Mu. Indoors, she was US No. 1 at 400m, 600m, 800m and 1,000m. She went
on to set the American record in the 600m with a time of 1:23.57, becoming the youngest
American to do so.
outdoor season, she dropped her 400m to a new PR of 51.98 at New Balance
Nationals Outdoors, third best in the country. Following
that performance, her season became 800m focused.
Mu placed fifth in the 800m at
the USATF Outdoor Championships in 2:01.17.
also named to three USATF teams last summer: The Pan American U20 team, Pan
American Games team and the USA v Europe Match team.
As the sixth-fastest
800m runner in high school history, Mu's impact will be immediate. She's the
fastest half-miler since former Aggie, Sammy Watson, in 2017.
With her current
PR's, Mu would've been within hundredths of a 2019 NCAA indoor title and possibly
obtained an outdoor championship title in her 2:01.17 effort.
* Athing Mu in the 600m at the VA Showcase
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The Aggies are solidifying
themselves as the 800m powerhouse in the NCAA. They've produced two national
champions in Jazmine Fray (2019) and Watson (2018) and a NCAA runner-up in
Devon Dixon (2019).
Texas A&M is
looking to continue this dominant tradition, by bringing in the best the event
has to offer in each gender.
In addition to
Mu, the Aggies gained US No. 8 half-miler, Mustin; the fastest male 800m runner
in the class of 2020, Brandon Miller; and Asian U18 champion, Allon Tatsunami
Mu and her
fellow incoming recruits have made College Station the place to be. The women of
Texas A&M could arguably have the best recruiting class this year with Mu
leading the way.