Track and Field

Track and field hosts second outdoor meet of season

Texas State track and field hosted the second meet of its outdoor season this weekend as the teams continue to prepare for the Sun Belt Championships in May.

The Texas State Invitational was the second straight home meet at the Track and Field Stadium. The meet featured competitors from Prairie View A&M, Purdue, Concordia University and Texas Southern in addition to the Bobcat athletes.

The Bobcat throwers had one event this weekend in which they placed outside of the top-three. Sophomore Talore Kelly, freshman Julie Lange and sophomore Roman Rodriguez did not finish lower than third in any of their respective throwing events.

Track and field prepare for consecutive meets at home, in Austin

Coach Dana Boone and the track and field teams are preparing for a busy week as the Bobcats compete in the Texas Relays Wednesday in Austin and host the Bobcat Invitational starting Thursday afternoon.

The 87th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays will be held March 26-29 at Mike A. Myers Stadium at Texas. The relays contain a wide variety of talent to showcase from high school and collegiate athletes to international competitors.

The event has been known to bring in large crowds due to the significance of the spectacle and has become a social gathering in Texas, but Boone says first and foremost it is about the athletes.

Beyond the game: Reggie Reed

Since joining a summer team at the age of 10, senior runner Reggie Reed’s life has revolved around track.

“When I was in elementary school I always thought I was the fastest kid in school,” Reed said.  “I always wanted to race against everyone else who thought they were the fastest and see what it was like.”

Reed grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where he attended many high schools including Desoto, Duncanville and Lancaster. It was at Desoto where Reed competed and won the state championship for both the 4x100 and the 4x200 meter relay teams.

“It was great,” Reed said. “We had good support from the people in Dallas, and we won it by a big margin so it was nice.”

Athletes break school records at Howie Ryan Invitational in Houston

The Texas State track and field team achieved record-breaking performances last weekend when the Bobcats returned to Houston to compete in the Howie Ryan Invitational.

Leading the way was the throws team. Sophomore Talore Kelly and junior Darian Brown both broke school records in the women and men’s weight throws competition.

Kelly finished second in her event with a throw of 18.41 meters, which was enough to break Jalisa Hall’s record of 18.39 meters set last year at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships.

Brown finished first in his event with a throw of 19.92 meters. The mark was enough to break the school record Brown previously owned of 19.47 meters set last year at the WAC Indoor Championships.

Howie Ryan Invitational to test Bobcats in Houston after week off

The Texas State track and field team will look to improve this weekend when the Bobcats travel back to Houston for the Howie Ryan Invitational.

Texas State is one of 10 schools attending the meet. The other teams competing are Lamar, McNeese State, Sam Houston State, Northwestern State, Rice, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Houston Baptist, Houston and San Diego State.  

The Bobcats traveled to Houston Jan. 11 to open their indoor season. The team has now had two weeks to prepare for this meet after having last weekend off. Coach Dana Boone has mixed feelings about the extra week off.

Get to Know: MIchelle Jones

IJ: What’s your favorite movie?
MJ: Anchorman, the original one. It’s just silly.

IJ: What’s your favorite TV show?
MJ: At the moment, Dexter, I started the whole series at the beginning of Christmas break, and I only have five more to go.

IJ: What motivates you?
MJ: Constantly getting better, being able to compete against people and making the team better.

IJ: What’s your favorite Texas State memory?
MJ: There are so many. Because it was so recent, winning conference last year. It was huge, we hadn’t done it in a while, and I got to be a part of one of the teams that did.

Track and field teams finish sixth at A&M invitational

The Texas State men and women’s track teams both finished sixth with matching 42-point days in College Station Saturday when they competed in the Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational.

The Bobcats looked to gain momentum and record top times within the Sun Belt Conference in College Station following their performance at Houston last weekend. Junior thrower Darian Brown was honored as the Sun Belt Conference Athlete of the Week following a record-setting weight throw distance at Houston.

Beyond the game: Tina Valenzuela

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According to junior track runner Tina Valenzuela, her ultimate goal at Texas State is to become an All-American track star.

Valenzuela said she began with track in 7th grade because she “wanted to be like her sister” who also ran track. She went to San Benito High School, where she was crowned district champion in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and the long and triple jumps—all multiple years in a row.

“My biggest struggle has been the transition from moving from high school to college with track,” Valenzuela said. “You go from being a stud in high school, and then in college you get put on your butt, basically. It’s a lot different.”

Texas State performs in first indoor meet of season

The Texas State track and field team began its indoor season Saturday at the Houston Invitational, where four athletes won their events.

The men and women’s teams won three WAC championships last year in the Bobcats’ first and only season in the conference. Coach Dana Boone said the teams are looking to bring last year’s success to the Sun Belt Conference, where the level of competition will be raised.

Leading the Bobcats in the meet was the throws team. Sophomore Talore Kelly finished first in both women’s shot put and weight throw, where she set a meet record of 17.63 m.

Sophomore Darian Brown finished fourth in men’s shot put and first in the weight throw.

Get to Know: Dana Boone

IJ: What was your favorite memory as an athlete?
DB: One of my fondest memories was the first time I jumped 21 feet, 9 inches. I still have that feeling of euphoria. It was so much fun and exciting at the same time.

IJ: What about as a coach?
DB: As a coach, it’d have to be my first NCAA champion, when Candyce McGrone won the NCAA title in 2011.

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