Track and Field opens outdoor competition at Texas Relays


Sports Reporter

The Texas Relays, one of the biggest track and field meets in the country, will feature athletes from all over the nation as well as international competition. 

Coach Dana Boone said the meet will set the tone for the outdoor season by allowing the Bobcats to compete against the best collegiate programs in the United States.

“(It is) always the meet that everyone looks forwards to,” Boone said. “Kicks off the outdoor season. We are excited about running, and the plan is to go up there and have a good showing.”   

The Bobcats will be recognized nationally if they make the finals. 

“Our mission and goal, as always, is to go and represent Texas State wherever we go and whatever we do,” Boone said. “I use Texas Relays as a standard, and the goal is to run at Texas Relays. That’s what everybody would hope to kick off the outdoor season—getting a chance to run at Texas Relays.” 

Amy Acuff, a five-time Olympian; Kineke Alexander, a two-time Olympian in the women’s 400 meter, and Andrew Riley, a 2012 Olympian in the men’s 110 meter hurdle, will participate in the Texas Relays.

Texas State hosts the Bobcat Invitational beginning March 26.

The Bobcat Invitational gives the athletes who do not qualify for finals at the Texas Relays another opportunity to improve and compete.

Boone especially hopes the team will make the finals for relay events such as the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter. The Texas Relays is focused on these events.

The 4x400 team of Briana Adams (sophomore sprinter), Kimberly Krtinich (senior sprinter), Abby Hani (sophomore sprinter) and Erika Martin (sophomore sprinter) won the event at the TCU Invitational, which was good enough for first place in the Sun Belt Conference.

“For track and field, there’s very few atmospheres that are like that,” Boone said. “A full stadium of people there to watch for track and field—the energy is good. When the weather is good, it’s lots of good times and a great environment.”

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