Track and field hosts second outdoor meet of season

Sports Reporter

Texas State track and field hosted the second meet of its outdoor season this weekend as the teams continue to prepare for the Sun Belt Championships in May.

The Texas State Invitational was the second straight home meet at the Track and Field Stadium. The meet featured competitors from Prairie View A&M, Purdue, Concordia University and Texas Southern in addition to the Bobcat athletes.

The Bobcat throwers had one event this weekend in which they placed outside of the top-three. Sophomore Talore Kelly, freshman Julie Lange and sophomore Roman Rodriguez did not finish lower than third in any of their respective throwing events.

Kelly finished first and second in the hammer throw setting personal bests in both. Lange finished ahead of Kelly, in discus, with a throw of 161-ft-4.61-inches.  

Kelly’s hammer throw was good enough to rank second on the year in conference behind South Alabama’s Bobbie Williamson. Lange’s hammer throw performance ranks eighth.

Marika Brown, freshman sprinter, finished second in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 100-meter dash. Brown set a personal best in the 200-meter with a time of 23.24 seconds, placing her atop the conference in the event. Brown already holds the top spot for the 100-meter in the Sun Belt.

Michelle Jones, senior mid-distance runner, bested her personal record in the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:30.20, good enough to finish third in her event.

“It’s a lot better than I was doing during indoor season,” Jones said. “The third lap was better than what I normally run and so that was what I kind of focused on. I had nothing left for the last 200, but the third lap is the most important part in it makes or breaks races so I think I did really well.”

Jones looks to round out her outdoor season by improving on the one thing she felt hindered in Saturday’s race—finishing.

“Just finishing,” said Jones. “I didn’t have the finish. I wanted to at this one, so definitely just holding on for 200 more meters to finish.”

Jones’ performance ranks as the third best performance of the season for a Sun Belt middle distance runner.

Larron Black, sophomore hurdler, placed fifth in the 110-meters and said he was not satisfied with his performance Saturday afternoon.

“Honestly today I didn’t feel like I had one of my best performances, but we had a lot of things going on,” Black said. “We had a couple of mishaps with the hurdle placement. Overall, I feel like today I didn’t have my best performance, but I learned something from it.”

Black said he knows what to take with him into this weekend at the Texas Longhorn Invitational and for the rest of the outdoor season.

“Whatever the environment is you have to shape and adjust to it,” Black said. “You can’t really come up with any excuses and stuff like that. Just kind of make things work even if you feel like things are against you.”

Allie Saunders, junior jumper, placed first in her first outdoor competition of the year with a career-best triple jump distance of 12.77 meters. Saunders now ranks second in the conference for the best performance of the season behind Western Kentucky’s France Makabu.