Track and Field sets records at Howie Ryan Invitational


Sports Reporter

The Texas State track and field team earned a spot on the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Assosciation’s regional rankings for its performance at the Howie Ryan Invitational.

The Texas State men’s team is ranked sixth in the South Central Region. The women’s team placed seventh.

The performance was reassuring for Coach Dana Boone but did not reach her expectations.

"We're definitely making moves to be conference-ready,” Boone said. “Even though everything didn't go exactly the way I hoped, there were still a lot of good performances. From a conference perspective we're on track and we're doing what we need to do."      

Darian Brown, senior thrower, set school records in the weight throw and shot put.

Brown took the top place in the Sun Belt Conference with a 20.71 meter mark in the weight throw. The following day, Brown’s 18.46 meter throw in the shot put pushed him into second in the conference.

Jordan Huckaby, junior thrower, and Roman Rodriguez, junior thrower, set personal records during the meet in shot put with Huckaby throwing for 16.99 meters and moving himself to third in the conference. Rodriguez threw for 16.54 meters, exceeding his previous career-high of 16.46 at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championship and placing sixth at the invitational.

Aaron George, sophomore long jumper and sprinter, placed first at the invitational in the long jump with a leap of 7.68 meters and moved up into second place in the rankings.

Talore Kelly, junior thrower, broke a school record in the women's weight throw during the Howie Ryan Invitational by throwing for 19.09 meters and placed first at the meet. Julie Lange, sophomore thrower, set a new personal record in the women's weight throw with 16.94 meters and is now sitting in third place within the conference. 

Macahla Wesley, sophomore sprinter, ran the 60-meter in 7.52 seconds, placing second at the meet and moving into first in the conference. 

Texas State’s fourth meet of the season is the Texas A&M Invitational Feb. 6-7 in College Station.

"It was a very good meet overall,” Boone said. “There was a lot of good things and some not-so-good things, but overall I was pleased with the outcome. There will be adjustments based on races from this weekend's performance. Every event group has different things they need to work on."