LUBBOCK – The Sam Houston State Bearkats competed in the Texas Tech Open on Friday and Saturday at the Sports Performance Center in Lubbock. The team had note-worthy performances from both the women and the mens side.
The first day of action saw quite a few athletes either best or tie their personal results.
For the women the first day was highlighted by Baylee Lara and Selena Wright in the 60-meter hurdles. Lara’s finishing time was 8.48 which is now the her personal best in the event. Wright finished fourth in the event, with a final time of 8.67 and a preliminary run of 8.63. The preliminary finish is now her personal best time for the event.
The field events for the women’s side was full of standout performances as well. Tristyn Allen participated in the long jump and jumped 19’ 2.5”. The result was the best she’s had in the event so far in the early part of the season. Lara also participated in the long jump and jumped a personal best 18’ 9.25”. Junior Lauren Labay competed in the pole vault “B” section and finished second and tied her personal best for the event with a jump of 12’ 1.5”.
The men’s side had athletes show out during the meets’ initial day including more school records being broken. Senior Chris Jefferson broke a school record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.65. Jefferson broke a record that was interestingly enough set by fellow teammate Jo’vaughn Martin earlier in the season. That time also ranks 19th in the nation for the 60-meter event. Martin would compete in the same event and finish fifth with a time of 6.82.
Fabian McCall, who is currently ranked nationally for the 60-meter hurdles finished second during Friday’s competition with a time of 7.87. He was joined by teammate Joshua Smith who completed the event in 7.99.
Senior Eric Pouncy set a personal best in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.00, which was good for fourth place.
Joshua Hernandez and David Thomas both set new personal bests in the men’s weight throw. Hernandez finished second and Thomas finished seventh respectively.
The second and final day of action saw more personal and school records being set.
Jefferson followed up an incredible first day of competition by breaking another school record. He surpassed his previous benchmark in the 200-meter dash on Saturday by finishing with a time of 20.67. Fellow sprinter Martin would complete the event with a time of 20.81, and that time would be a personal best and good enough for second all-time in Sam Houston State history. Both athletes would supplant the previous school record set by Jefferson in 2018 when he ran the 200-meter dash in 20.92 seconds.
To round out the men’s running events, Jordan Leon competed in the mile and won the event with a time of 4:21.91, which is a personal best.
For the women, Allen jumped for 41’ 2.5” and walked away as the event champion. In the women’s shot put Jasmine Kellar set a personal best with a throw of 47’ 1.5” and Hallie Daniel set a season’s best with a throw of 47’ 1.5”.
Sam Houston State will make their way back to Houston on Friday to compete in the Howie Ryan Invite. The meet will be a one day event.