As March draws to an end, the month’s last week marks an important one for the Texas State track and field. Texas Relays, one of the biggest and most significant meets in Texas as well as the country, is on everyone’s agenda.
Numerous teams from universities, high schools and independent competitors flock to Austin to take part in the event. Texas Relays began Wednesday morning and will run until Saturday evening.
For the Bobcats, the meet will show their potential to run against teams not only in the Southland Conference, but from around the nation.
Coach Dana Boone said the meet is a good way to see how Texas State compares to a wide range of competition.
“Texas Relays is a huge event in track and field,” she said. “It brings national caliber teams to the meet to run against each other. This gives our team an opportunity to run against the best and see where we stack up.”
Of the 66 total athletes on the Bobcat track and field team, 32 men and women qualified to participate in Texas Relays. This includes junior pole-vaulter Logan Cunningham, who has not competed since returning from the NCAA indoor championships.
Cunningham came back to Texas State named First-Team All American after winning eighth place in the vault. He said the break from the Bobcats’ last two meets was needed in order to peak later in the season.
“Since I went two weeks longer for the indoor season, I’m two weeks behind for outdoor and need to regroup,” he said.
Along with Cunningham, highly prospected athlete Chante’sean White, will represent Texas State along with the men’s 4x100 relay runners James Johnson, Reggie Reed, Timothy Young and Brandon Thomas.
White, who transferred from South Plains College to join the Bobcats this year, currently holds the top spot in SLC for women’s 400-meter hurdles and is ranked 47th in the nation. She has experience competing in Texas Relays and said she looks to the weekend with anticipation.
“I’m really excited about Texas Relays because I always get a chance to compete with some pretty good competition from different schools,” she said. “It’s so different. Just being around talent of all ages is an exciting feeling and I really enjoy it.”
Johnson’s team leads conference in the 4x400 meter relay, after winning the Victor Lopez Classic. Their time of 40.23 also allowed them to set a new Texas State record.