LUBBOCK – For the second straight week the Sam Houston State Bearkat track and field squad took its act to the Texas high plains, taking part in the two-day Texas Tech Open.
Each team showed well with Josh Hernandez’s win in the weight throw highlighting the men’s weekend, while the women would also return home with a pair of titles of their own.
In the women’s 800-meter run, Camry Grigsby took the top spot, turning in a time of 2:12.15 for the win, edging Arkansas freshman Ruth Wiggins by nearly a full second to do so. Jamie Eckford and Rebeca Gonzalez also added to a strong showing in the event by the Kats, finishing sixth and eighth respectively.
Grigsby was also part of the women’s 4x400 relay team along with Teona Spivey, Kenaysia Dixon and Kodii Church that was nearly six seconds quicker than the rest of the field in claiming the event crown.
Meaghen Seales’ time of 5:14.22 was good enough for second place in the women’s mile run, while in the 60-meter hurdles Baylee Lara turned in a top-5 finish with a time of 8.60 seconds.
On the field side of things, Morgan Heinrich’s leap of 1.67 meters was enough for third place while Makenzie Smajstrla came in two spots back with her jump of 1.62 meters. Tristyn Allen would finish fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 41-02.25 feet, while the Kats would put two throwers in the top five of the shot put with Kristine Hanks finishing third (47-09.00) and Halie Daniel coming in fifth (45-11.25).
Yarixza Rivera placed second in the weight throw with her toss of 54-05.50 feet and Sydney Marr was just three spots back of her in fifth as her first throw of competition flew 52-01.75 feet.
For the men, Chris Jefferson continued to show well with a pair of third-place finishes in the 60-meter dash (6.75) and the 200-meter dash (20.85). Fabian McCall would just miss the top spot in the 60-meter hurdles but was still the top collegiate finishes, coming in behind Jamaican Duece Carter with his time of 7.95 seconds.
Hernandez got into the win column, taking his first title of the season in the weight throw as his throw of 64-02.50 on his final toss was good enough to edge past Texas Tech’s Eric Kicinski. Aaron Akens would also finish fourth in the event (56-07.50) and Michael Nichols would come in sixth (54-04.00).
Derek Williams’ high jump of 6-03.50 finished him seventh while Ashton Summers and Clayton Fritsch finished 1-2 in the pole vault, led by Summers’ vault of 17-04.25 feet. Zachary Johnson would finish fourth in the men’s long jump with a jump of 24-03.75 and Nichols’ would take second in the shot put with a throw of 55-03.50.