Track and Field shines at UIW Cardinal Invitational

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Sports Reporter

Coach Dana Boone said the Texas State track and field team was “underachieving” heading into the UIW Cardinal Invitational.

But the team, Boone said, was close to making a breakthrough. 

Texas State ended the UIW Cardinal Invitational Saturday with 13 first-place finishes.

“I think it was a great opportunity,” Boone said. “It was a low-key meet, and they were able to get some work done and without a lot of pressure.” 

Boone said the UIW Cardinal Invitational provided information about the team’s progress. The coaching staff will use the performance to determine the next step the team needs to take.

Boone said the meet gave her a chance to see some athletes compete for the first time and decide how she will use some of them later during the season.

The highlight of the meet for Boone was the women’s 800-meter. Esther Oyetunde, freshman sprinter, and Amber Gilmore, junior sprinter, recorded 2:10:49 and 2:10:99 for the event.

Oyetunde and Gilmore took first and second at the UIW Cardinal Invitational, placing them second and third within the Sun Belt Conference.    

Boone highligted Ben Ijah, senior jumper, who claimed first place in the men’s triple jump with 14.50 meters.

Jordan Huckaby, junior thrower, and Julie Lange, sophomore thrower, won two events during the UIW Cardinal Invitational. 

Huckaby threw for 16.88 meters in the men’s shot put and 57.11 meters in the hammer throw.

Lange had a distance of 15.30 meters in the women’s shot put and 52.13 meters in the discus.

Antonisha Stewart (sophomore hurdler), Victoria Johnson (sophomore hurdler) and Abby Hani (sophomore hurdler) had a one-two-three finish in the women’s 100-meter hurdle. Stewart finished in 14.04 seconds, with Johnson (14.64 seconds) and Hani (15.08 seconds) following.

Kelly Trevino, senior distance runner, set a time of 18:36:04 in the women’s 5000-meter, taking the top spot at the UIW Cardinal Invitational.

Boone said the uncompetitive nature of the meet helped the Bobcats, allowing them to focus on key details. Attention to detail resulted in several first-place finishes.

The next competition for Texas State is the LSU Alumni Gold meet held April 18 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

“This was probably exactly what we needed as we prepare for the rest of the season,” Boone said.   

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