ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. / HOUSTON – The Sam Houston State track and field team went through its final tune up of the indoor season prior to the Southland Indoor Championships, splitting its squad and sending athletes to a pair of meets over the weekend.

The Kats sent athletes to both the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, along with the Howie Ryan Invitational in Houston. Sam Houston would come back from New Mexico with a pair of individual titles, while Baylee Lara would return from Houston with a title in the 60-meter hurdles to her credit.

Coach Dave Self’s crew will now turn its attention to Birmingham, Ala., and the Southland Conference Indoor Championships, set for Feb. 21-22.

Don Kirby Invitational – Albuquerque, N.M. (Full Results)
Chris Jefferson turned in another great effort in his events, turning in a third-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.74 in the finals in addition to coming in fifth in the 200 meters with his time of 21.11. 

Fabian McCall finished with his best time of the indoor season as he posted a 7.87 in the 60-meter hurdles, a mark that is tops among all Southland runners this season.

Josh Hernandez would give the Kats a second men’s title with his throw of 63-06 in the weight throw, a mark nearly a foot better than his closest competitor, Justin Stafford of UCLA. Zachary Johnson’s 50-02.75 was good enough for fourth in the triple jump.

On the women’s side, reigning SLC Athlete of the Week Camry Grigsby finished fifth in the 800-meter run. She turned in a time of 2:06.93, a mark nearly six seconds better than her previous season best set a week ago in Lubbock.

Freshman Selena Wright turned in an 8.41 in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles to finish fifth, while Tristyn Allen shined in the triple jump with her third-place finish after her distance of 42-02.25.

Howie Ryan Invitational – Houston (Results)
On the women’s side, Jasmin Mitchell would turn in a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.50, and Rebeca Gonzalez’ time of 5:11.87 in the mile gave her sixth in the field.

Baylee Lara claimed her first title of the season with an 8.50 in the 60-meter hurdles and also added a fourth-place finish in the long jump with her jump of 17-11.75 and a leap of 5-06 feet from Courtney Lord was good enough for fifth place in the high jump.

On the men’s side, Alex Hernandez turned in a time of 8:47.15 for third place in the 3,000 meters and Tyler Adams’ jump of 24-02.25 feet in the long jump was good enough for second place. Clayton Fritsch made noise in the pole vault on Friday by taking the crown by clearing 17-00.75 feet, two spots ahead of teammate Ashton Summers.