HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will be traveling this weekend with select athletes participating at the Texas Relays in Austin and some competing at the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos.

The Bearkats are coming off of a strong showing in their previous meet, the 37th annual Victor Lopez Classic hosted by Rice last weekend in Houston.

The men’s 4-by-100 relay team currently holds the third fastest time in the country. The team posted a mark of 39.30 seconds, trailing only Florida and Houston on the national level. The team composed of Fabian McCall, Jo’vaughn Martin, Bryan Henderson and Chris Jefferson took first place at the Victor Lopez Classic.

Martin, the program’s freshman standout, sits atop the men’s national leaderboard for his mark in the 200-meter run. He posted a time of 20.51 at the Victor Lopez Classic. The Conroe native is following up a great indoor campaign with a blistering start to his outdoor season. In addition, Martin is currently ranked fourth in the country in the 100-meter dash. His time of 10.25 was set during the Texas Southern University Relays earlier this month.

Jefferson, a senior out of Jersey Village, is ranked in the top 25 in the country in the 100. His mark (10.40) was set last weekend in Houston. He competed in the 2018 Texas Relays and posted a time of 10.08.

Sophomore Clayton Fritsch is currently ranked second in the country in the pole vault. His mark of 5.56 meters was set during the Victor Lopez Classic.

For men’s field events, Aaron Akens has been a top performer for the Bearkats to start the season. The senior out of Mesquite is ranked in the top 25 in the country in the discus throw and top 20 in the hammer throw. Akens’ throw of 55.22 meters in the discus was set during the Abilene Christian University Wes Kittley Invitational and Multi 2019 earlier this month. His mark of 63.33 meters in the hammer throw came during the Victor Lopez Classic.

For the women’s side, senior Tristyn Allen is currently ranked in the top 25 in the country in the triple jump. Her mark of 12.58 meters was set in Houston last weekend.

The Men’s outdoor team is ranked 66th in the country per the NCAA Division I men’s preseason outdoor track and field rating. The Bearkats finished last season ranked 70th. The Bearkats are the highest ranked school in the Southland Conference.

The Texas Relays and the Bobcat Invitational will start Wednesday and run through Saturday.