SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two individuals and a relay team from Sam Houston State have earned the right to participate in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will be held June 5-8 in Austin.
Sophomore pole vaulter Clayton Fritsch tied for first at the West Region Preliminary Championships hosted by Sacramento State University May 23-25 with a jump of 17 feet, 7 inches to earn a top-12 performance. This is the second consecutive year he has advanced to the NCAA Championships.
Senior Chris Jefferson placed 10th in the men's 100-meter run in Sacramento with a time of 10.30 seconds to secure a top-24 spot at the NCAA Championships. The reigning Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year will be competing at the national championships for the third time.
Jefferson, who placed 14th in the 200-meter run at the preliminary meet, will also be running in the 4x100-meter relay at the NCAA Championships with teammates A.J. Tisdale, Jo’Vaughn Martin and Bryan Henderson. They placed ninth in Sacramento with a time of 39.76 seconds which is 21st in the field of 24 relay teams competing at the NCAA Championships.
Several seniors finished their Bearkat careers competing at the West Preliminary Championships.
Aaron Akens, who was the Men’s Outstanding Field Events Performer at the SLC championships, placed 34th in the discus (172 feet, 5 inches) and 14th in the hammer throw (209 feet, 2 inches). Michael Nichols placed 32nd in the shot put (59 feet, 5 inches).
Senior Saige Revell placed 27th in the triple jump (49 feet, 1 inch), and Tyler Adams also competed at the West Preliminary Championships in the high jump.
On the women’s side, senior Lauryn Caldwell came in 23rd in the discus with a throw of 166 feet, 4 inches, and senior Yarixza Rivera finished 40th in the hammer throw with a toss of 180 feet, 8 inches.
Other competitors for Sam Houston State at the West Preliminary Championships were junior Josh Hernandez who was 24th in the hammer throw (201 feet, 6 inches) and junior Halie Daniel who was 39th in the shot put (48 feet, 3 ¼ inches).
Sophomore Josh Smith placed 18th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.06, and Martin also finished 21st in the 200 meters (21.25).