Track competes at Texas Relays, Bobcat Invitational over weekend

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Sophomore Jordan Huckaby threw shot put March 29 at the Texas State Track and Field Stadium.

The Texas State track and field team participated in the Texas Relays and hosted the Bobcat Invitational last weekend.

The Texas Relays, a meet spanning three days, is held at UT in Austin. The event features collegiate athletes from universities such as Duke, Baylor and North Carolina and includes high school and international athletes.

Coach Dana Boone prior to the meet said this was the teams’ best chance to showcase their ability in front of a large audience.

Tina Valenzuela, senior multis, finished in the top 20 in 100-meter hurdles, high jump, 200-meter dash, long jump, shot put and 800-meter run. She finished 21st in javelin throw.

Alexus Hebert, junior sprinter, checked in at 66th in the preliminary 100-meter dash.

Seth Arnold, sophomore pole-vaulter, achieved a 16-foot-6.75-inch jump that earned him 11th place in the event.

Sophomore Talore Kelly finished 15th in the hammer throw with a 180-foot-10-inch throw. Kelly won the shot put group with a 15.66-meter throw, the second-farthest mark in her career. She participated in the Bobcat Invitational, besting her previous career marks in hammer throw (56.47 meters) and shot put (15.41 meters).

The men’s 4x400-meter relay team, consisting of senior Reggie Reed and sophomores Anthony Johnson, Larron Black and James Hilliard, clocked in at 3:09.90 for the event. The group placed fifth in the preliminaries on the second day of the meet.
The 4x400-meter relay team posted a 3:09.66 time in the final that earned them fifth place and set a new best time for Boone’s tenure.

Freshman Keila Rodriguez, sophomore Amber Gilmore, junior Briana Sharp and senior Michelle Jones finished eighth in the women’s distance medley with a 11:47.40 time.

The track and field teams’ next meet is April 4 at the Texas State Invitational.