After a quick turnaround from Saturday’s competition at Louisiana Tech, the Sam Houston State men’s and women’s track & field programs will compete in the Texas Relays Wednesday-Saturday, March 26-29 in Austin.

The meet will offer the Bearkats an opportunity to compete against some of the best athletes in the country including the likes of the Southeastern Conference and Big 12.

The Bearkats will participate in a total of 22 events including 12 for the men and 10 on the women’s side.

The Kats action at the Relays will kick off Thursday with competition in the distance disciplines including the 1500 meter run which will feature SHSU senior Alyssa Dooley. Dooley currently ranks first in the Southland Conference in the event and was the conference’s outdoor champion in the 1500 in 2012.

On Friday, the field events get underway including the pole vault, shot put and long jump as well as competition in the sprint medley and distance medley relays.

The Relays will conclude on Saturday with an assortment of events including the discus throw, 4x100 meter relay, 100 meter hurdles and the 110 meter hurdles which will feature Bearkats Jay Roberson and Matthew Viverette amongst 71 competitors.

Mitchell, Kristen – Men 100 Meter Dash University Prelims
Wright, Jarrick – Men 100 Meter Dash University Prelims
Roberson, Jay – Men 110 Meter Hurdles University Prelims
Viverette, Matthew – Men 110 Meter Hurdles & 400 Meter Hurdles University Prelims
Ponce, Palo – Men 5000 Meter Run
Schreiber, Karl – Men 5000 Meter Run
Sam Houston St. – 4x100 Meter Relay University Prelims
Sam Houston St. – 4x400 Meter Relay University Prelims
Sam Houston St. – Men 1600 Sprint Medley Invitational University
White, Charles – Men Triple Jump Section B Univ/Coll
Christensen, Brek – Men Hammer Throw Univ/Coll

Nwegbo, Lauren – Women 100 Meter Dash University Prelims
Demas, Danielle – Women 100 Meter Hurdles University Prelims
Starr, Sabrina – Women 100 Meter Hurdles University Prelims
Amaku, Ruth – Women 400 Meter Hurdles Prelims
Kimble, Alexandria – Women 400 Meter Hurdles Prelims
Dooley, Alyssa – 1500 Meter Run Section B Univ/Coll
Sam Houston St. – Women 4x100 Meter Relay University Prelims
Sam Houston St. – Women 4x400 Meter Relay University Prelims
Sam Houston St. – Women 1600 Sprint Medley Invitational Univ/Col
Quillin, Adrienne – Women Hammer Throw Univ/Coll 

• Sam Houston State’s Alyssa Dooley (1500 meter run), Matthew Viverette (110 meter hurdles), Adrienne Quillin (hammer throw) currently rank first in the Southland Conference in their respected categories.
• After a runner-up finish at the Jim Mize Invitational, SHSU pole vaulter Garrett Larson places fourth in the country amongst all freshman competitors and 24th nationally in his category.
• Senior Matthew Viverette’s two first place finishes this weekend improve his career total to 15, the most amongst active men’s competitors.
• No Bearkat competitor struck gold at a higher rate during the indoor season than senior Sabrina Starr who placed first in four of five finals (80%).
• Sam Houston’s fast-paced outdoor schedule will see the Kats compete in eight meets over the course of one month in preparation for the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships in Conway, Ark.

Head Coach David Self on upcoming schedule:
“The calendar has been very strange this year the way everything fell. The Texas Relays are very early. Normally, we have two outdoor meets to get ready. The people that did real well indoors you kind of open them up in Texas Relays whereas this year it’s our second meet right off the bat. The outdoor season is real short this year. We’re cramming quite a bit of competition in real early on. With how we got the meets and how we got it spaced out, we’re going to be okay.”

Self on importance of Texas Relays:
“If you’re a Texas school, you have to go. It’s a chance for you to get in and mix it up. It’s as close to the national meet as you’re going to get without going to the national meet. You have an environment that’s really only second to the Penn Relays. You’ve got a stadium that seats about 25,000 people; it’s packed, it’s loud and you’ve got schools from all over the country. You will see schools from the Big 10, the Pac-12, the Atlantic 10, the Big East and the SEC so it’s a chance to run with the best in country.”