Texas State finishes outdoor season at home

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Sports Reporter

The Texas State track and field team ended the Bobcat Classic with nine first-place finishes.

Coach Dana Boone said the Bobcat Classic, the last home meet of the year, was a good performance before the team heads into the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. 

"I feel like the takeaway is that this meet was a confidence builder for the athletes moving forward," Boone said.  

Boone said the Bobcats performed well, but she mentioned that little mistakes were keeping them from elevating their finishes.

"As a coach, you always feel that there's more you can get," Boone said. “We're going to keep plugging away in hopes of preparing for conference." 

The Bobcat Classic was the last home meet for the seniors on the team. They were honored before the meet and given framed pictures of themselves in action. 

"I think a lot of them had a good day today,” Boone said. “It's their last time to compete on the home track. I think that builds momentum."

Anicka Newell, senior pole vaulter, won the women's pole vault with 4.06 meters and kept the top spot in the Sun Belt Conference.

Alexus Hebert (senior sprinter), Allie Saunders (senior sprinter), Macahla Wesley (sophomore sprinter) and Marika Brown (sophomore sprinter) ran 45.22 in the women's 4x100-meter relay, securing first place at the meet.

Esther Oyetunde (freshman sprinter), Amber Gilmore (junior sprinter), Briana Adams (sophomore sprinter) and Nia Dorner (sophomore sprinter) recorded a time of 3:40.95 in the women's 4x400-meter relay, earning first place.

Anthony Johnson, junior sprinter, had a season-best time of 46.73 seconds in the men's 400-meter, taking third place at the meet.

Tyrone Jackson, junior distance runner, won the men's 800-meter with a time of 1:51.75.

Julie Lange, sophomore thrower, claimed first place at the meet in the women's discus with her throw of 51.56 meters.

The Sun Belt Outdoor Championships are within sight for the team. 

"As long as the athletes believe and things are moving in the right direction—which they are—we're putting ourselves in a position to be in the hunt for a title, and that's all we want to do," Boone said. 

The Sun Belt Outdoor Championships will be held May 8-10 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

"You want to be in the fight," Boone said. "We're definitely prepared to fight."   

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