Track and Field starts outdoor season at TCU Invitational

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Sports Reporter

The TCU Invitational signaled the start of the outdoor season for the Texas State track and field team.

It was Texas State's first meet since the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. 

"We do it every year," Coach Dana Boone said. "Typically we have really good performances at this meet.”

Boone said the team allowed weather issues to affect them more than usual. The team will need to build up its mental toughness to overcome future issues. 

Boone pointed out positives to take away from the meet—Chelsie Decoud, freshman jumper; Sydni Willis, freshman hurdler and Macahla Wesley, sophomore sprinter.

Decoud took the top spot at the TCU Invitational in the women's high jump. She recorded a 1.75-meter jump good for first in the Sun Belt Conference.

Willis narrowly missed out on winning the women's 400-meter hurdle by one-100th of a second as she ran a time of 1:01.58 Willis’ time, however, was still good enough to place first in the conference.

The sophomore duo of Wesley and Marika Brown, sophomore sprinter, finished first and second in the women's 200-meter. Wesley put up a time of 24.14. Brown recorded a time of 24.43. These runs put Wesley into second and Brown into fifth in the conference.

Other notable performances include Texas State placing second in the women's 4x100 relay and first place in the 4x400 relay.

The 4x100 relay consisted of Alexus Hebert (senior sprinter), Marika Brown (sophomore sprinter), Macahla Wesley (sophomore sprinter) and Allie Saunders (senior jumper), who finished in 45.69 seconds. TCU finished in 45.67 seconds, good for first place in the event. 

The 4x400 relay team consisted of Adams (sophomore sprinter), Kim Krtinich (senior sprinter), Abby Hani (sophomore sprinter) and Erika Martin (sophomore sprinter). The group finished with a winning 3:50.50 time, ahead of UT-Arlington, Kansas State and North Texas.

Jordan Huckaby, junior thrower, won the men's hammer throw and shot put at the meet. Huckaby recorded 57.29 meters in the hammer throw, putting him sixth in the conference. Huckaby’s 17.09-meter mark in the shot put is the best in the Sun Belt.

"Once you get a taste of winning, you want to win again," Boone said. "Outdoor can be a little tougher because there's more events, and we're are going to have to work hard if we want to win."

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