COLLEGE STATION – The Sam Houston State Bearkat track and field team kicked off the 2018 indoor season with a bang on Friday as the women claimed five titles and the men two of their own at the Ted Nelson Invitational.
The meet, held at the Gilliam Indoor Track at Texas A&M, included teams from Louisiana Tech, UIW, North Texas, Louisiana, Texas A&M-Kingsville, ULM, UTRGV, Lamar, Houston Baptist, Texas Southern, Northwestern State and Prairie View in addition to the Bearkats.
For the women, four of their crowns came in the field events in addition to Camry Grigsby’s victory in the 800-meter run. The senior crossed in 2:13.90, more than two seconds clear of her closest competitor.
In the women’s triple jump Tristyn Allen took first with her leap of 41-7.75 feet and Darian Bucknor’s jump of 39-3.75 feet was good enough for third. Yarixza Rivera also took third place in the women’s weight throw with a throw of 56-1-1.25 feet.
Kristine Hanks, Halie Daniel and Jasmine Kellar helped the Sam women dominate the shot put with Hanks taking the top spot with a throw of 48-11.5 feet. Daniel captured third with a toss of 45-11.25 feet and Kellar finished sixth with her throw of 42-11.5.
Meaghen Seales kicked off the day’s running events in the women’s mile, finishing third in a time of 5:15.15 while freshman Rebeca Gonzalez finished seventh in her Bearkat debut in a time of 5:25.61.
The women’s 4x400 relay team comprised of Teona Spivey, Melicha Smith, Jasmin MItchell and Kodii Church turned in a third-place finish, coming in behind Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State with a time of 3:53.69. In the women’s 60-meter hurdles Baylee Lara’s 8.57 was good enough for third, as was Church’s 57.20 time in the 400-meter run.
On the men’s side the Kats turned in an impressive performance in the men’s pole vault by a pair of freshmen, taking both first and third places. Clayton Fritch kicked off his SHSU career by taking first with a fault of 16-07.5 feet and Cade Skuza’s 16-1.75 feet came in just two spots back of Fritch.
Tyler Adams had little issue taking the top spot in the men’s high jump, topping out with a jump of 7-2.5 feet with his next closest competitor being Houston Baptist’s Iyanu Adeyeye’s jump of 6-6.25 feet.
Zachary Johnson also took third place on the men’s side with a leap of 49-7.25 feet of his own. Meanwhile, the men’s 4x400 of Zachary Gasca, Joshua Mack, Ethan Woods and Lawrence Coleman came in just .23 seconds behind Texas Southern in second place in a time of 3:16.91.
Fabian McCall was just edged out of a first-place finish in the men’s 60-meter hurdles as Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Javier Lopez’s 7.93 was just in front of McCall’s 7.96. Tyler Adams finished two spots behind McCall in fourth with an 8.12.
The Bearkats will next take to competition in two weeks when they send athletes to both the Houston Invitational and the Texas Tech Invitatioanl & Multis in Lubbock. Each of those events is set to begin February 26.