Track and field prepare for consecutive meets at home, in Austin

Sports Reporter

Coach Dana Boone and the track and field teams are preparing for a busy week as the Bobcats compete in the Texas Relays Wednesday in Austin and host the Bobcat Invitational starting Thursday afternoon.

The 87th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays will be held March 26-29 at Mike A. Myers Stadium at Texas. The relays contain a wide variety of talent to showcase from high school and collegiate athletes to international competitors.

The event has been known to bring in large crowds due to the significance of the spectacle and has become a social gathering in Texas, but Boone says first and foremost it is about the athletes.

“Obviously, the Texas Relays are something the athletes always look forward to each year,” Boone said. “It’s the biggest stage where lots of teams from across the country come to Texas. It’s a chance for us to line up against some of the better teams in the country and see where we stack up.”

Texas State kicked off its outdoor season Friday at the TCU Invitational. Darian Brown, junior thrower, broke two school records in first place performers in the shot put and hammer throwing (18.67 meters and 60.51 meters).

“Darian is on a new level this year,” Boone said. “He has definitely raised the bar and continues to push himself and set a level of excellence that I can’t say enough about. I’m very pleased with what’s going on with him and how he’s getting better in all three of his events, which is exciting for him. I wish nothing but the best for Darian.”

Brown will compete in the shot put and discus on the first day of the Texas Relays, skipping the hammer throw on the second.

“Coach (Nathan) Ott is the genius,” Brown said. “I’m just the workhorse behind it all. He’s given me multiple new concepts, critiques and has kind of changed my whole mentality. I’m just getting started and I’m excited to see what this year holds for me.”

Boone and Brown said the Texas Relays are a great measuring stick to see where Texas State’s program is in comparison to the rest of the nation.

“It gives us a chance to see what our capabilities are in terms to making nationals,” Boone said. “If you can make a Texas Relays final, you have a good shot at making it to the preliminary rounds. That’s going to be the goal.”

Universities participating include Arkansas, Auburn, Duke, Baylor, Penn State and Florida State along with countless schools within the State of Texas.

Coinciding with the Texas Relays is the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos starting Thursday at the track and field complex across from Bobcat Stadium.

Brown said it is going to be a welcomed change to have a familiarity with the facilities coming this weekend.

“We practice on this track all the time,” Brown said. “The fact that we have conference here is definitely a great feeling for outdoor season. It’s a chance to see where we stand on our track.”

Brown said fatigue will not be an issue, and Boone said she is going to make sure the team is ready for both events with the two competitions coming up this week.

“We’re excited to kick off our season with our first home meet,” Boone said. “We’ll have people competing at both the Texas Relays and the home meet so it gives everybody an opportunity to see our athletes compete.”