Track and Field

Boone resigns as head coach

After notching four conference championships in four years, Dana Boone is resigning as head coach for the Texas State track and field team.

Boone, a three-time conference Coach of the Year, is accepting the associate head women’s coaching job at Texas Tech.

“I would like to thank Dr. Teis and Don Coryell for the tremendous opportunity they provided to me over the last four years,” Boone said. “It was truly a pleasure to lead this program. Thanks to everyone at Texas State for their support.”

Boone parlayed her success at Texas State into a stint as head coach for the USA Track and Field World Junior Championship women’s team in 2014. The United States tied for the most medals ever under her guidance.

Team shows promise for future

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When the outdoor season began for the Texas State track and field team, the Bobcats’ placing from week to week would show just how good the team could be.

It also showed that the team still had room for improvement.

At the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships, where the women took first and the men placed third, expectations were raised for the start of the outdoor season.

The Texas Relays were an opportunity to realize the expectations early in the outdoor season.

Newell, Saunders reach NCAA Championships

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Coach Dana Boone was hopeful that past performances would serve as a spark for the Texas State track and field team heading into the NCAA West Preliminaries. 

Anicka Newell (senior pole vaulter), Allie Saunders (senior jumper), and the men's 4x400 meter relay team made up of James Hilliard (junior sprinter), Anthony Johnson (junior sprinter), De'Marcus Porter (freshman sprinter), and De'Quad Binder (junior sprinter) all qualified for the NCAA Championships.

"There were a couple of places where we just didn't put some things together and just came up short," Boone said. "Overall the ones that did get it together ran tremendously and jumped and vaulted out of this world."

Track and field looks to improve in NCAA West Preliminaries

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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."

Beyond the game: Chelsie Decoud, freshman jumper

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Chelsie Decoud, freshman jumper, never had a chance to make long-lasting friendships like the ones she saw at school.

Decoud had to move from New Orleans during the fourth grade due to Hurricane Katrina. 

"Sometimes I see people post pictures of them and their friends from when they were younger and now," Decoud said, "I'd say I wish I was able to do that.” 

Her family moved in with an uncle in Mississippi, then to a shelter home in Arkansas before finally settling down in Houston. 

"I'm not used to being alone, but I'm used to adapting," Decoud said. "When I got here, it was easy for me to make friends, but at the same time if I'm not around anyone, it's like I'm also OK."  

Texas State finishes outdoor season at home

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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." 

Texas State ready for Bobcat Classic

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The Bobcat Classic will take place in San Marcos on Saturday April 25 and provide Coach Dana Boone with information about the Texas State track and field team before it heads into the Sun Belt Outdoor Conference Championships.

Boone is using the Bobcat Classic as a last opportunity to fix any remaining issues the team may have before the Sun Belt Championships. 

Boone is proud of the Bobcats after their performance at LSU Alumni Gold Meet. Darian Brown (senior thrower), Allie Saunders (senior jumper) and Talore Kelly (junior thrower) placed nationally in the meet. 

Texas State is in the top spot in 11 events in the Sun Belt Conference heading into the Bobcat Classic.

Track and Field claws at national rankings

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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.

Track and Field shines at UIW Cardinal Invitational

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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.

Texas State gears up for Incarnate Word

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The Texas State track and field team has reached the halfway point of the season with three meets remaining until the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. 

The Incarnate Word Invitational will be held in San Antonio and is one of the smaller meets Texas State will compete at during the outdoor season.

Texas State holds the top spot in 14 different events. Seeing Bobcats setting new personal bests becomes a more regular occurrence with each passing meet,.

Coach Dana Boone said the team is far from reaching its best despite setting personal records in the Baylor Invitational.

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