Track and Field claws at national rankings


Sports Reporter

The Texas State track and field team earned 12 first-place finishes at the UIW Cardinals Invitational last week and hoped to carry that momentum into the LSU Alumni Gold meet.

The Bobcats did not replicate the high number of wins from the week before, but three athletes made names for themselves nationally. 

Allie Saunders, senior jumper, placed fourth in the women's triple jump at the LSU Alumni Gold meet with a recorded 12.89 meters, marking a season best. The jump puts her in first place in the Sun Belt Conference and 11th in the nation.

Darian Brown, senior thrower, took first in the men's shot put with his season-best distance of 19.05 meters. The win put Brown in second place in the Sun Belt Conference and 19th overall in the nation.

Talore Kelly, junior thrower, threw a season best in women’s shot put with 15.77 meters, placing her in fourth at the meet. Kelly moved into second in the Sun Belt Conference and 33rd nationwide.

Three other Bobcats joined the leaderboard in addition to the nationally ranked athletes.

Joseph Pena, junior distance runner, took first in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a career-high time of 9:18.35.

Sydni Willis, freshman hurdler, claimed second in the women's 400-meter hurdles and kept her top spot in the Sun Belt Conference.

Nikki Sanchez, freshman distance runner, came in second in the women's 1500-meter when she recorded a time of 4:35.40, which helped her rise to eighth in the conference.

The next meet for Texas State is the April 25 Bobcat Classic at home.   

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