Athletes break school records at Howie Ryan Invitational in Houston

Sports Reporter

The Texas State track and field team achieved record-breaking performances last weekend when the Bobcats returned to Houston to compete in the Howie Ryan Invitational.

Leading the way was the throws team. Sophomore Talore Kelly and junior Darian Brown both broke school records in the women and men’s weight throws competition.

Kelly finished second in her event with a throw of 18.41 meters, which was enough to break Jalisa Hall’s record of 18.39 meters set last year at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships.

Brown finished first in his event with a throw of 19.92 meters. The mark was enough to break the school record Brown previously owned of 19.47 meters set last year at the WAC Indoor Championships.

“It’s a blessing—at the same you have to keep looking forward, and hopefully I can do it again next week,” Brown said. “Consistency (has been the key for me so far this season). Honestly, Coach (Nathan) Ott is the mastermind, and I’m just the workhorse behind it. I’m just listening to him, and he has me doing the right things.”

The women’s distance medley team finished first in the event with a time of 11:50.94. The performance was fast enough to set a new school record, breaking the time of 11:59.22 set in 2007. The event’s runners included freshman Keila Rodriguez, sophomore Amber Gilmore, junior Briana Sharp and senior Michelle Jones.

“Some things definitely started coming together, so I was happy to see that,” said Coach Dana Boone. “Good things happened in the throws, and it was good to see the distance medley break the school record time. That was impressive.”

The men’s distance medley came in second with a time of 10:19.38. The runners were senior Reggie Reed, freshman Justin McMillin and sophomores Joseph Rodriguez and Cameron Shoppach.

The men’s 4x400 meter relay team comprised of seniors Reggie Reed and Raymond Hatton and sophomores Anthony Johnson and Larron Black finished fourth in the meet with a time of 3:19.57. The women’s 4x400 meter relay team consisting of freshmen Marika Brown, Abby Hani, Erica Martin and Brianna Adams finished second in the meet with a time of 3:51.38.

 “There were a lot of individual performances that you could finally start to see coming together,” Boone said.

Other notable performances included those of junior Michael Grijalva and sophomore Joseph Pena, who both competed in the men’s 5,000-meter run and finished in second and third place.

For the 60-meter hurdles event, senior Chelsea Stephen finished fourth with a time of 8.50. The time was good enough to tie the school record Stephen set last year at the WAC Indoor Championships.

In the men’s pole vaulting competition, sophomore Seth Arnold put up his second first place finish this year.

Arnold had a height of 17 feet, 1.5 inches. There were no other competitors in the event that had a height above 16 feet. Junior Anicka Newell finished in a four-way tie for second place in the women’s pole vault.
Finishing out the performances of the day was junior Allie Saunders who finished second in the women’s triple jump with a distance of 12.30 meters.

“I was very pleased overall,” Boone said. “Sure there are areas where we can improve, but overall it was much better performances (this week).”

The Bobcats will travel to Birmingham, Al. this weekend to compete in their next competition at the Samford Multi and Invitational.