HOUSTON - The Sam Houston State Bearkats continued a strong start to the season during the inaugural FasTrack Invitational and Multi at the Yeoman Fieldhouse on Saturday.
Freshmen sprinter Jo’Vaughn Martin maintains an impressive start to his first season as he competed in the 60-meter dash posting a final time of 6.68. The time was good for second in the event and gave him the top spot amongst all Southland Conference runners.
Sam Houston had strong representation in the 200-meter race with three top five finishers. Junior Bryan Henderson (21.63) finished in the top spot followed by freshman Christian Hamberlin (22.05) and senior AJ Tisdel (22.07). In the 400-meter event Sam Houston again had multiple runners finish in the top three with senior Eric Pouncy (48.99) and Ethan Woods (49.41) finishing number two and three respectively in the event.
A week after setting a school record in the 60-meter hurdles junior Fabian McCall finished second with a time of 7.93 and was joined by teammate Joshua Smith who finished fourth with a time of 8.15.
Squad A for the men’s 4x400 Relay team finished first with a time of 3:16.12 and squad B finished in third with a time of 3:21.13.
The team took top honors in the field events: Steven Gruss (1.93m) finished second in the high jump, Clayton Fritsch (5.48m) took first place in pole vault, Joshua Hamilton (14.62m) placed second and Aaron Akens (17.95m) finished second in the weight throw.
For the women's side sophomore Kenaysia Dixon placed first amongst Southland runners in the 200-meter race with a time of 25.06.
After a season opening first place finish in the 60-meter hurdles a week ago Lara Baylee provided more of the same. The junior sprinter finished with a time of 8.55 which was a faster finish than her time last week (8.61).
The 4x400 Relay team had a second place finish from their A squad and a third place finish from their B squad.
The women were phenomenal in the field events, and had several top finishers. Senior Makenzie Smajstrla (1.67m) finished first in the high jump and the junior Cameron Boedecker took top honors in the pole vault event.
Sam Houston State will return to Houston this coming week to compete in the the Houston Invite & Multi.
The meet will begin on Friday Jan 25 and run through Saturday.