The Texas State track and field team began its indoor season Saturday at the Houston Invitational, where four athletes won their events.
The men and women’s teams won three WAC championships last year in the Bobcats’ first and only season in the conference. Coach Dana Boone said the teams are looking to bring last year’s success to the Sun Belt Conference, where the level of competition will be raised.
Leading the Bobcats in the meet was the throws team. Sophomore Talore Kelly finished first in both women’s shot put and weight throw, where she set a meet record of 17.63 m.
Sophomore Darian Brown finished fourth in men’s shot put and first in the weight throw.
Brown set a meet record in the weight throw with a distance of 19.25 m. Freshman thrower Jordan Huckaby finished fourth behind Brown in the weight throws competition, posting a distance of 16.98 m.
“It was a good day for the throwers. The men and women’s vault group did a solid job as well,” Boone said. “For the spring group, we’re off to a better start than we have in a while. We had quite a few personal bests in those events. Those are some things that are a nice spark to add.”
Freshman pole vaulter Seth Arnold finished first in the men’s pole vault with a height of 5.3 m.
Sophomore pole vaulter Anicka Newell finished second in the women’s pole vault with a career best height of 3.85 m.
“I think a lot of our freshmen stepped up and performed well (this week). There were definitely some nerves, especially from the freshmen,” Boone said. “You could see some deer in headlights because it was their first time competing, and for some it was their first competing indoor. There are always a bunch of firsts, and it’s new for all of us because we’re in a new conference again.”
Some other notable performances included the women’s 4x400 relay team, who placed second behind Houston, with a time of 3:53.47. The runners in the group include freshmen Marika Brown, Amber Gilmore and Abby Hani, and sophomore Briana Sharp.
Freshman Mylana Hearn and sophomore Camille Bender finished first and second respectively in the women’s triple jump. Hearn posted a length of 12.15 m while Bender jumped for 11.57 m. Juniors Garrett Robinson and Danielle Candelaria both finished third in the men and women’s high jump. Robinson posted a height of 1.95 m, and Candelaria jumped for 1.70 m.
“Overall it was a good start (to the season). There were solid performances across the board,” Boone said. “We have some areas we can work on, and we can always get better. We all have things we can improve and work on.”
Texas State will head to College Station Saturday for the Texas A&M Invitational.