Track and field looks to improve in NCAA West Preliminaries

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Sports Reporter

The last time the Texas State track and field team competed was in the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championships, where the women placed second and the men third.

While it has been three weeks since the outdoor championships, Coach Dana Boone feels that the time off has helped the team shake off any rust that they have gathered during the break.

"If anything, it should make them more hungry because they haven't had an opportunity to compete for a few weeks," Boone said. "I'm sure they're looking forward to competing."

Boone said the results from the outdoor championships left the Bobcats dissatisfied because they felt they should have performed better. Boone is looking at that experience as motivation for the NCAA West Preliminary, which takes play May 28-May 30.

"Of course we would have liked to have won some more titles,” Boone said. “We had some very solid performances and good things happen, so hopefully yes, we will use that momentum."

Texas State will send 29 members of the team to participate in the NCAA West Preliminary.

"I thought there would be a few more,” Boone said. “I honestly thought there would be a few more, but it's a good number so we're pleased with it."

With the semester completed, Boone said the Bobcats have been given some relief as they no longer have to worry about finals or schoolwork. They can place all of their focus on the NCAA West Preliminary.

Weather has provided some setbacks for the Texas State track and field team, but Boone said that it has not been an issue. Instead, Boone moved practice times around in order to deal with the weather.

"I would hope that they would feel a lot better and good about preparing because this is all they're doing right now,” Boone said.

Boone said the two events that Texas State has the strongest chance of winning would be Anicka Newell, senior, for the women's pole vault and Allie Saunders, senior, for the women's triple jump.

Boone did not count out the relay events. She said winning depends on whether they can finish the job when it counts.

Overall, Boone said the Texas State track and field team is looking to turn revenge from past tournaments into motivation for the NCAA West Preliminary.