AUSTIN – A pair of school records fell and the Sam Houston State Bearkats turned in a strong showing over the weekend at the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Sprinter Chris Jefferson set a new Bearkat mark in the men’s 100-meter dash on Friday, reaching for the finals with the second-fastest qualifying time in the field. His wind-legal time of 10.16 surpassed the former school record of 10.24, set in both 2015 and 2003.
Jefferson would follow that up a day later with a 10.08 in the event for a fourth-place finish, coming in behind only Christian Lyon (Barton County CC), Micah Larkins (10.02) and Andre Ewers (Florida State). Each of the Division I times rank as the top three times among Division I runners in the nation this year.
On the women’s side, Courtney Lord highlighted the weekend, finishing seventh in the heptathlon with a school record 5,184 points, a total that is 10th best in the nation to this point of the year. She did the bulk of her damage in the jumps, finishing fifth in the heptathlon high jump with a leap of 5-6.5 feet, and fourth in the long jump with her jump of 19-02. She also came in fourth in the javelin with a throw of 122-05.
Teammate Baylee Lara also came in 15th with a personal best of 5,065 points. Lord and Lara’s totals rank as the second and third best among Southland Conference athletes this season.
Fabian McCall did not qualify for the finals in the 110-meter hurdles, but still posted a time of 14.05 seconds in the preliminaries, which Is the fastest in the SLC this year. It was the same for Camry Grigsby in the women’s 800-meter run as her time of 2:10.61 came in as the fastest in the league this year, but was not enough to push her into the meet finals.
McCall was also a part of the men’s 4x100 relay team that qualified for the finals, while freshman Clayton Fritsch highlighted the weekend’s field events for the Kats by taking his section of the men’s pole vault with a leap of 16-10.75. Tristyn Allen turned in a triple jump of 42-00 feet that was only good enough for eighth in the meet, but still ranks as the best of any SLC athlete so far this year.
Kristine Hanks’ throw of 51-6.25 was good enough for fifth in the women’s shot put, while Joshua Hernandez and Aaron Akens each posted the top hammer throws in the league this year. Hernandez finished sixth in the event with his throw of 204-11 while Akens finished 10th with a toss of 193-11.
The Kats will head to SFA this weekend for the Carl Knight Invitational.