Track and field competes in Texas A&M Invitational


Sports Reporter

The Texas State track and field team set three new school records at the Texas A&M Invitational.

The women placed fifth at the meet, while the men placed second matching their performance from earlier this season at College Station.

"We were just focusing on certain areas," Coach Dana Boone said. "We're only a couple weeks out from conference and we're just trying to get some quality races under our belt."

Marika Brown, sophomore sprinter, set a new school record in the indoor women's 200 meter with a time of 24.06 seconds that moved her to the top spot within the SBC.  Fellow sophomore sprinter, Macahla Wesley, also set a new personal record in the 200 meter with a time of 24.26 and is now third in the SBC.

Macahla Wesley and Marika Brown however, didn't compete in women's 60 meter this past weekend.  Boone said the reason they didn't participate in the 60 meter event was so that they could be fresh for the 200 meter event and improve and sharpen their running on a bank track.  

At the meet Talore Kelly, junior thrower, broke a school record in the women's weight throw after setting a new school record in that event last weekend at the Howie Ryan Invitational.  Kelly threw for a distance of 19.26 meters that earned her second at the meet and put her into first in the SBC. 

Darian Brown, senior thrower, who was coming off  record breaking performances in the weight throw and shot put last weekend at the Howie Ryan Invitational, set a new school and personal record in the shot put with a throw of 18.68 meters and moved to second in the SBC. 

Jose Angel Gonzalez, freshman distance runner, competed in the 5,000 meter for the first time in his college career and ran a time of 15:06.60 which put him into sixth in the SBC and forth at meet.   

De'Marcus Porter, freshman sprinter, and Anthony Johnson, junior sprinter, both ran in the men's 200 meter and both finished with the time of 21.52 seconds which for both Porter and Johnson is a new personal best in the event and are tied at fifth in the SBC. 

"I feel good, there were some good performances" said Boone. "A lot of athletes have moved up on the conference list after this weekend, several school records were broken this weekend, it's definitely a strong team and a team that shows that it's going to continue to fight to get better as the season goes on."

Texas State will go back to the University of Houston this weekend to compete in the Houston Invitational which will be the last meet of the season before the Bobcats head to the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships.