AUSTIN – Sam Houston State track and field split time across the country on the weekend, facing off against some of the best competitors in the nation while achieving several lifetime bests at the Texas Invitational and the Bryan Clay Invitational.
Sam Houston impressed in the pole vault at the Texas Invitational, going 2-3 in the event. Ashton Summers and Bailey Henderson each cleared 16 feet, 5 ¼ inches in the event, capturing second and third among 16 competitors respectively.
In the javelin throw, Anthony Garcia secured third with a toss of 215 feet, 11 inches, his best mark of the outdoor season and third-best in the Southland Conference. In the women’s pole vault, Margaret Lasalle also cracked the top-five, finishing fourth at 12 feet, 2 ½ inches and was followed by teammate Cameron Boedeker in a tie for fifth with the same mark.
In the women’s hammer, Yarixza Rivera went ninth among 22 competitors with a toss of 180 feet, 2 inches, while teammate Halie Daniel grabbed 21st at 125 feet, 9 inches. Daniel also took ninth in the shot put with a distance of 44 feet, ¾ inches.
On the men’s side, Joshua Hernandez grabbed ninth place with a mark of 205 feet, 1 inch while Michael Nichols secured 22nd with a distance of 152 feet, 9 inches. Nichols captured 12th in the shot put (50 feet) and teammate Joshua Hernandez followed in 14th (47 feet, 7 inches).
Melicha Smith took 12th in the 100-meter dash at 11.67, her fastest mark of the outdoor season and third-fastest time in the Southland. Teammate Moesha Straughter took 26th behind a time of 12.25. Smith notched another top-15 finisher in the 200 meters with a 13th-place time of 23.86, Straughter finished 29th (25.14), Charity Thomas ran a 25.32 for 31st and Avery Zamzow took 33rd (25.49).
In the men’s 100 meters, Chris Jefferson earned a fifth-place finisher and time of 10.39. He was joined by Lawrence Coleman in 14th (10.68), Bryan Henderson in 21st (10.77) and AJ Tisdel in 31st (10.94).
Jefferson, Coleman and Henderson were joined by McCall as the 4x100-meter relay team captured third with a time of 40.72, which stands as the fifth-fastest time in the Southland. Meanwhile, the women’s 4x100 squad of Aaliyah Lane, Kodii Church, Jordan Grady and Teona Spivey ran 3:52.63 for eighth.
Church took home an 11th-place result in the 400-meter dash (55.80) while on the men’s side, Eric Pouncy posted a 13th-place time of 48.72 while Zachary Gasca took 23rd at 50.17.
In the 800 meters, Rebekah Groth went 11th (2:26.18) as did Baylee Lara in the 100-meter hurdles, with a personal-best mark of 13.70, ranking fourth in the league. Lara was joined by Courtney Lord who took 25th with a time of 14.60. Lord also took 23rd in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 11 ½ inches.
The mens’ 110-meter hurdles saw William Stark notch a 12th place finisher (14.59). Stark also took seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (53.51).
In the women’s pole vault, Hannah Callaway took a ninth-place result, clearing 13 feet, 4 ½ inches, in the A-grouping. The mark was a new personal best for the senior and extended her league-lead in the event. The women’s discus saw Tasha Crosse take home ninth (150 feet, 7 inches). Crosse added a 16th place result in the shot put (41 feet, 6 inches).
In the men’s pole vault, Kagan Angers went 13th (21 feet, 11 inches). In the women’s high jump, Morgan Heinrich secured 16th at 5 feet, 2 ¼ inches for 16th and Joan Cepeda took 18th (5 feet, 2 ¼ inches).
BRYAN CLAY INVITATIONAL
Seven athletes kicked off action for the week at the Bryan Clay Invitational, hosted by Azusa Pacific, at Cougar Stadium.
In the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Evan Arambula took home eighth place among 64 competitors with a mark of 9:01.74, a lifetime best by more than 13 seconds for the leader in Southland. The senior also took 131st among 269 runners at 3:55.79 in 1,500-meter run and was followed closely behind by conference-leading teammate Jeffrey Moore in 142nd at 3:56.79.
Hannah Tarrant captured 14th in the 5,000-meter run at 17:47.52. In the men’s 1,500, Moore also brought home a 52nd place with a lifetime best mark of 3:46.94 out of 269 competitors, extending his conference lead.
Ana Moreno impressed, taking home 10th among 57 competitors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10:33.01. The senior trimmed nearly 11 seconds off her previous top mark for a lifetime best while pushing her lead in the Southland. In the 1,500-meter run, Nicole Aponte grabbed 51st with 266 competitors, at 4:27.55, ranking as a new personal best and top mark in the league.
Aponte was joined by Moreno who secured 129th out of a field of 266 with a time of 4:38.42, also ranking as a lifetime best. Elsewhere, in the 800-meter run, Jamie Eckford grabbed 64th among 145 competitors behind a time of 2:14.79, ranking just outside the league’s top five.