NACOGDOCHES – Sam Houston State was dominant on the final day of the Carl Kight Invitational, setting several new personal bests while moving up the conference performance list to conclude the three-day event at Stephen F. Austin’s Fletcher Garner Track.
Sam Houston captured the women’s 4x100-meter relay title, running 45.84 as the team of Charity Thomas, Moesha Straughter, Jordan Grady and Melicha Smith posted a new season-best for the event with a mark that ranks second in the Southland Conference.
Grady added to her stellar day in the 400-meter dash, capturing the top spot with a time of 54.63. The mark is the best in the Southland this season. The senior was joined by Kodii Church, who took runner-up, moving up to third on the conference’s performance list at 55.81.
The men’s 4x400-meter relay team of Eric Pouncy, Jeffrey Moore, Lawrence Coleman and Ethan Woods captured first place, running 3:13.34, ranking fourth in the league. Moore added another first-place result in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:50.97.
Tasha Crosse posted the conference’s best mark this season in the league, winning the discus throw with a toss of 159 feet, 7 inches. The result also marked a new personal record for the junior. The Kats were also dominant in the hammer as Yarixza Rivera took second with the conference’s top mark of 181 feet, 4 inches.
The women’s 4x400-meter squad moved into fourth place in the league with a second-place result. The unit of Aaliyah Lane, Kodii Church, Jordan Grady and Teona Spivey posted a time of 3:45.87 and finished as the top conference competitor.
Nicole Aponte took second in the 800-meter run and finished as the top conference competitor at 2:12.12. The time ranks first in the Southland as Sam Houston holds the top two spots in the event with Camry Grigsby in second.
Joshua Hernandez won the individual title in the hammer throw, while maintaining second in the league with a toss of 202 feet, 4 inches. Teammate Alex Hernandez set a new personal best as the freshman moved up to third in the league with a fourth-place time of 14:57.03 in the 5,000 meters.
The Bearkats went 2-3 in the 100-meter dash as Melicha Smith posted a second-place time of 11.70 and teammate Moesha Straughter took third at 11.78. Smith added a second-place result in the 200-meter dash at 23.98.
In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, William Stark took second with a time of 53.40, moving up to fourth in the league. He added another runner-up finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a mark of 14.55. Elsewhere, Ethan Woods and Eric Pouncy went 3-4 in the 400-meter dash at 48.15 and 49.00.