NACOGDOCHES – Sam Houston State’s Baylee Lara captured the women’s heptathlon to highlight day two action at the 2017 Carl Knight Invitational on Friday from Stephen F. Austin’s Fletcher Garner Track.
Lara posted 4,915 points during her first time competing in the multi-event to edge Rice’s Giulia Sportoletti, who took runner-up with 4,878 points, while finishing 85 points ahead of the next Southland Conference competitor.
The true freshman, who captured a top-two finisher in three of four events on Thursday, continued the momentum into the second day. The Woodlands product opened the morning with a third-place result in the long jump, picking up 645 points behind a leap of 5.31 meters.
In the javelin throw, Lara posted 449 points in sixth with a toss of 28.54 meters and secured the heptathlon victory, racing to a fourth-place result in the 800-meter run at 2:30.20. Lara trimmed nearly four seconds off her previous personal best, which came in late January at the Houston Invitational.
Meanwhile, Kagan Angers grabbed a fourth-place result in the men’s decathlon with a total of 6,249 points. After capturing first in the 100-meter dash and notching three-top three-finishers on Thursday, the junior continued strong on Friday.
Angers rounded out the event with a fifth-place result in the 1,500-meter run at 5:05.21. Angers took home sixth in the javelin (42.02 meters) and the pole vault (3.76 meters) as well as seventh in the discus throw (29.63 meters) and the 110-meter hurdles (16.39) to open the afternoon.
FIELD EVENTS RECAP
Anthony Garcia captured the individual title in the javelin throw with a toss of 61.67 meters and was joined by Hannah Callaway, who secured the top spot in the pole vault with a personal best in the outdoor season at 4.01 meters.
On the day, Sam Houston captured six top-three finishers on the field side. The Kats received a second-place result at 13.42 from Halie Daniel in the shot put, her best finisher during her freshman campaign. Michael Nichols also went second in the shot put with his best mark in two season at 16.01.
Ashton Summers took home third in the pole vault with his best result of the 2017 season courtesy of a height of 5.03 meters. Likewise, Tristyn Allen took the bronze with her best result of the season in the long jump at 5.83 meters, her second top-three finish in as many competitions this season.
Allen was followed by Courtney Lord who fell just shy of capturing a career-best while notching her best result of the 2017 season with a leap of 5.77 meters in fourth.
RUNNING EVENTS RECAP
Colton Stoker used a 9:36.62 to take home second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to highlight Friday action in the running events, his top finisher of the outdoor season through three events. On the women’s side, Kassandra Lune went eighth at 12:30.90 in the event.
Meanwhile, Alex Hernandez took fourth in the 5,000-meter run, blowing away his previous best in the event, capturing a personal record of 14:57.03. Grant Buley secured 11th in the event at 15:27.16, his best time of the 2017 season.
Elsewhere, Meaghen Seales ran 4:52.67 to finish 14th in the 1,500-meter run, trimming nearly four seconds off her previous personal best, set last time out at the Victor Lopez Classic, to set a new career-mark. Hannah Tarrant followed in 16th at 4:56.98 in her first time competing in the event.
The duo were joined by Lizzy Duenes, who took 18th at 4:59.39, also a personal best in the event, besting her previous mark from the Victor Lopez Classic.
Assistant coach Cutter Bernard on the performance from Baylee Lara…
“I am super proud of her. We didn’t quite score 5,000 points like we wanted to but she PR’d. Winning the event is always nice especially against a lot of conference competition. Especially being a true freshman competing by herself, I can’t ask for much more. I think it was that first step showing her how good she can be. I think in the future she can score really well in the hep and can compete on the national stage. It was a big stepping stone going into the next five weeks in conference.”
Assistant coach Cutter Bernard on the fourth-place result for Kagan Angers…
“His first day, we couldn’t have asked for anything better. We were very solid. We ended up scoring the most we’ve ever scored in the dec. He had a hard year last year. His only dec was at conference. It’s big. I know he didn’t quite win it but it was big on a personal level.”
Assistant coach Cutter Bernard on the performance from Hannah Callaway…
“For Hannah, she has been banged up the last couple weeks. We took Texas Relays off. For her it was a statement that she can be a front-runner in the conference. I think for her, it’s a very confidence booster.”
Assistant coach Cutter Bernard on other results and the takeaway from day two…
“For Courtney, we had been struggling a bit in the long jump. Today got her back to where she wants to be. Both of them once again were big confidence builders. In the men’s vault, Baylee and Ashton Summers both jumped close to outdoor PRs. They had good nights for themselves. Dylan Elliott got himself back in the groove. My takeaway tonight was there was good and bad but everyone grew and moved into right direction.”