HUNTSVILLE- It was a busy weekend for the Sam Houston State Track and Field team. The Bearkats competed in three competitions: the Bryan Clay Invitational & Multi (Azusa, CA), the Michael Johnson Invitational (Waco) and the Beach Invitational (Long Beach, CA).
SHSU bounced back after a weekend of inclement weather with one event winner and many personal records set.
Chris Jefferson was the standout of the event for the Bearkats, as he took hold of the top spot in the 100m dash. He recorded a time of 10.41.
Fabian McCall competed in the 110m hurdles, placed second, and set a personal record with a time of 13.94.
In the field events, Clayton Fritsch came in third in the pole vault and posted a mark of 5.57m.
Bryan Clay Invitational
In the men’s running events Jefferson placed fourth with a time of 21.03 in the 200m race and Bryan Henderson set a personal record with a time of 21.15 in the event. Senior Jordan Leon placed third in the 5000m event with a time of 14:53.19. McCall placed third in the 110m hurdles with a finishing time of 14.02.
In the men’s field events Fritsch placed fourth in the pole vault recording a jump of 4.95m.
In the women’s running events freshman Cryslan Tucker came in fourth and set a personal record in the 5000m race with a time of 17:52.16.
Michael Johnson Invitational
Both David Zavala and Brendan Gilbert set personal records in the 3000m Steeplechase. Zavala recorded a time of 10:30.69 and Gilbert posted a time of 10:37.91.
In the men’s field events, seniors Aaron Akens and Michael Nichols set personal records in their respective events.
Akens placed third in the hammer throw and recorded a throw of 65.75m. Nichols posted a mark of 18.18m in the shot put, good for fifth.
For the women, senior Lauryn Caldwell set personal records in both the discus and hammer throw events. She recorded a throw of 52.50m in the discus, good for third, and 55.16m in the hammer throw, where she came in fourth.
The track and field team will be back in action for the Southland Outdoor Championships on May 3rd. The men and women took the championship last season. The women posted a final score of 167, with the next closest school, SFA, scoring 117. The men posted a score of 130, ahead of Abilene Christian, who posted 117 points. The event will run through the weekend wrapping up on the 5th.