Men's, women's teams honored at Texas Relays


Sports Reporter

The Texas State track and field team showed it can perform against the best athletes in the nation at the Texas Relays.   

"I think this was one of our best relays that we've had since we've been here," said Coach Dana Boone. "There was a lot of good performances across the board. I was very proud of how the Texas State track and field team represented us." 

Macahla Wesley (sophomore sprinter), Nia Dorner (sophomore sprinter), Marika Brown (sophomore sprinter) and Briana Adams (sophomore sprinter) ran a time of 3:39:54 in the women's 4x400-meter relay, placing third behind Purdue and Oklahoma. The time moved the women into first in the Sun Belt Conference.

In the men's 4x400-meter relay, De'Marcus Porter (freshman sprinter), Anthony Johnson (junior sprinter), James Hilliard (junior sprinter) and De'Quad Binder (junior mid-distance) had a run time of 3:08:72, finishing second in the group and claiming first place in the Sun Belt Conference.

Boone said the meet was the first time in her coaching tenure at Texas State that the men and women’s relay teams made the finals.

Julie Lange (sophomore thrower), Chelsie Decoud (freshman jumper) and Seth Arnold (junior pole vaulter) had notable achievements in the Texas Relays.   

Julie Lange, sophomore thrower, had a distance of 53.26 meters in the women's discus, earning second in the group. She is now first in the conference.

Chelsie Decoud, freshman jumper, placed ninth in the women's high jump with 1.76 meters, putting her first in the Sun Belt Conference.

Arnold’s 5.50-meter vault earned him first place in the relay. He vaulted into first in the conference rankings.

Boone said she cannot yet tell where the team stands in the nation. She looks forward to the future meets. The team, she said, has a lot to work on.   

The Bobcats’ next meet is Friday April 3 at the Baylor Invitational.

"I think I might have a better indication next week about national rankings and all of that," Boone said.  "(We’re) definitely off to a good start. We had some great performances over the last three days of competition between the Texas Relays and our own Bobcat Invitational, so we are definitely putting ourselves in a good position." 

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