Track and field to face top programs at new stadium

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Sports Reporter

Big 12 opponents and with familiar faces await the Bobcats at the Baylor Invitational.

Coach Dana Boone said the team will enter the Baylor Invitational  ready for a challenge.

"It gave them some confidence, being able to compete and make the finals (at the Texas Relays) and then do well," Boone said. "I would believe that they go with confidence and (are) excited to compete and see if we can't improve on our performances from Texas Relays."

The invitational features schools from the Big 12 Conference such as Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU and Kansas State. UT-Arlington, alongside Texas State, will represent the Sun Belt Conference.

Boone expects the team will perform to the best of its ability regardless of the competition.

"The clock is the same no matter what conference you are in," Boone said. "Getting to line up against fast people or more talented people definitely will push you to better performances, so we definitely welcome that."  

Boone said the individual events at the Baylor Invitational will provide insight into where Texas State stands nationally. The invitational is not as group-heavy as the Texas Relays.

The Baylor Invitational is the first meet at the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium, a new venue constructed at the university. The stadium honors Hart, who coached the track and field team for 42 years. 

"More than anything it's a new track, it's a new environment, new facility and good competition, so that's what makes us look forward to the meet," Boone said. 

Boone hopes the weather is more favorable than it was at the TCU Invitational, where she felt conditions may have disrupted the team.

Texas State enters the Baylor Invitational holding the top spots in 10 different events in the Sun Belt Conference. 

Boone said she feels the team is prepared. 

The Baylor Invitational will be held April 3 beginning at 11 a.m. The hammer throw and running events start at 3 p.m.

"Get a little bit better than we were the week before—that's the goal, and then we make improvements,” Boone said.

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