LUBBOCK, HOUSTON – The Sam Houston State Bearkats sent athletes to both the Texas Tech Classic & Multis and the Houston Invitational for the weekend, showing strong at both meets.
The Bearkats will return to Houston next weekend to take part in the Howie Ryan Invitational
Texas Tech Classic & Multis
Tyler Adams turned in a performance in the men’s heptathlon, setting a facility record and qualifying for the NCAA meet with 6,016 points. The senior from Buffalo, Texas, took first in five of the seven events, including the long jump, high jump, 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000-meter run. Teammate Kagan Anders finished in ninth place with 4,727 points against competitors from schools such as Texas Tech, Auburn, Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Abilene Christian and ULM, among others.
Adams took first place in the heptathlon’s long jump, leaping 24-7.5 feet on his third long jump while finishing second in the high jump and 60-meter dash. He closed out the meet with time of 2:44.85 in the 100-meter run.
On the women’s side Courtney Lord and Baylee Lara finished ninth and 11th, respectively in the pentathlon. Lord totaled 3,688 points with her highest finish being seventh place in the high jump and long jump. Meanwhile, Lara totaled 3,596 points, finishing as high as sixth in the 60-meter dash.
Selena Wright turned in a seventh-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.67, while Chris Jeffreson’s started off a big day for him with a time of 6.78 seconds on the men’s side was good enough to take the meet’s top spot. He would follow that up with a time of 21.18 seconds in the 200-meters to claim that title as well.
In the high jump Mackenzie Smajstria and Morgan Heinrich each leapt 5-5 to come in a tie for sixth.
The women’s 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Teona Spivey, Wright, Church and Kenaysia Dixon combined to turn in a time of 3:48.82, finishing second behind the University of Oklahoma.
Yarixza Rivera kicked off Friday well for the Bearkats, finishing second in the weight throw, tossing 58-01.25 feet on her third throw of the morning. Halie Daniel was not far behind, coming in fifth with a throw of 52-10.5 feet. Daniel would also finish fourth in the shot put, two spots behind teammate Kristine Hanks who finished second with a throw of 48-09.50 feet.
Josh Hernandez showed well on the men’s side in the weight throw as well, finishing fourth with his throw of 60-03.00 feet, while Aaron Akens’ throw of 56-03.25 was good enough for sixth.
In the long jump, Zachary Johnson took the top spot with his leap of 24-03.00 on his final jump. He would also take second in the triple jump with a distance of 50-01.75 feet. Saige Revell also finished sixth in the long jump of 21-04.75 was one spot back of Johnson in the triple, while Joshua Hamilton came in ninthin the long jump with a leap of 21-02.75.
On the distance side, Kassandra Luna’s time of 19:33.07 was good enough for ninth place in the women’s 5000-meter run. Grant Buley’s time of 15:37.51 was good enough for fifth on the men’s side.
The women’s distance medley team of Rebeca Gonzalez, Camry Grigsby, Jamie Eckford and Meaghen Seales finished just behind SMU for second place with a time of 12:13.34.
Gonzalez would also come in second in the women’s 800 meters on Saturday with a time of 2:18.78 while Grigsby’s time of 5:06.39 in the mile run was good enough for sixth.
Tristyn Allen continued her strong start to 2018 with wins in the long jump and triple jump, flying 20-00.25 feet to take the top spot in the long jump and 40-10.25 in the triple jump.
Jordan Leon would finish fourth in the men’s 3000-meter run with his time of 8:40.48 and Michael Nichols would take third in the shot put with his toss of 54-04.00