Texas State shines at Ted Nelson meet

Texas State Track & Field

Texas State’s track & field teams competed in the Ted Nelson Invitational inside the Gilliam Indoor Track & Field Stadium on Saturday. The Bobcats had 31 performances ranked in the top-10 for the Sun Belt this year.

The Women’s 4x400m relay team posted a conference leading time at the meet, while six individual runners led the conference as well. Junior Alvin Chikaeze recorded a 15.16m high jump, a foot improvement from the last meet, to lead the Sun Belt and place in the university's top-10. T’Mond Johnson left his mark in the history books with a 18.95 shot put toss. That shot put distance went down as the second longest toss in school history.

On the track, redshirt sophomore Tramesha Hardy and redshirt freshman Devina Schneider posted Sun Belt leading times. Hardy finished the 400m run in 55.19, while Schneider recorded a 5:00.97 time in the mile run. Dawnshae Evans, Esther Oyetunde, Syndi Willis and Hardy completed the 4x400 in 3:46.14 to lead the Sun Belt. The next closes school finished two seconds after the Bobcats crossed the finish line.

In the triple jump, Mylana Hearn recorded a personal best 12.81m jump. This is the best mark in the conference and ranks in the top-10 for school history. Courtney Johnson also made the school history books with personal best 1.77m high jump.

In eight events, Texas State finished with multiple top-10 marks. Joining Hardy in top times in the 400m race were Taffoya Shirley (57.20) and Dawnshae Evans (57.63) for fourth and fifth place finishes, respectfully. Raquel Robinson cleared the high jump with a 3.5 inch increase to 1.69m, while Lauren Purdon finished ninth with a 1.64m leap.

Taydria Nickerson had a four-inch improvement in the triple jump, recording a 11.75m leap and placing sixth in the conference. DeAijha Hicks-Boyce also had a sixth-place finish in her event, the 200m (25.21). Chrischaynie Washington placed two spots ahead of Boyce with a 24.97 run, fourth in the Sun Belt.

The men had a strong performance in field events with a handful of top-10 places in conference competition. Ronnie Briscoe ended with the number three leap at 14.29. Jaylon Jorge and Bobby Smith recorded distances of 17.28m and 16.65m, respectively. Jorge ranks fifth in the conference, while Smith holds the eight best throw this season.

Michael Madu and Carlos Wilson rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in the league’s ranking in the long jump. Wilson finished at 7.23m and Madu closed with a 7.04 leap. In the 300m, Logan Pittdman finished the race in 8:38.11 to place sixth. Also placing was Jose Angel Gonzalez in eighth place (8:44.19).

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Texas State’s next meet will be on Jan. 27 when the Bobcats visit Albuquerque for the New Mexico Team Inivitational.

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