Bobcats win Sun Belt indoor championship

Texas State Women's & Men's Indoor Track & Field

Texas State’s Women’s Track & Field Team claimed its second-straight Sun Belt Conference Indoor Team Championship on Tuesday inside the Birmingham Crossplex. The women totaled 135 points, while the men finished with 101 points to take third place.

“We are proud of both teams and how they competed during the championships. Both teams faced adversity and competed tough throughout,” Jody Stewart, Director of Track & Field/Cross Country, said in a statement. “It’s year three of our coaching staff, we’re still building but we’re excited about the youth, character and direction of our program.”

Headlining the Texas State achievements in the tournament was redshirt sophomore Tramesha Hardy who earned four gold medals. Three of the medals were won in individual events, totaling a Women’s Top Meet Scorer of 32.5. Hardy repeated in the 60m (7.50), 200m (23.68) and 400m (54.39). 

Her final gold medal was earned in the 4x400m relay. The junior served as the anchor leg and was joined by junior Sydni Willis, junior DeAijha Hicks-Boyce and junior Esther Oyetunde. Also ending up on the podium in the 200m run was Hicks-Boyce who finished in third with a time of 24.33. Willis also earned a bronze medal in the 400m run, crossing the line in 55.35.

Redshirt freshman Devina Schneider almost repeated in the mile run but came up short. The 4:59.49 time, however, went down as the second fastest in Texas State program history and earned Schneider the bronze medal.

Sophomore Kylah Smith earned her first career indoor gold medal with a time of 8.45 in the 60m hurdles competition, while sophomore Kaylee Krenek added five points to the team’s total with a fourth-place finish in the 60m run with a time of 8.67.

Senior Mylana Hearn and Oyetunde won silver medals in the triple jump and 800m, respectively. Hearn shared the second-place spot with Appalachian State’s Chelsey Hargrave as both leapt 12.43m in the final attempt. Oyetunde was 0.01 seconds out of first place in the 800m with a time of 2:12:12. 

Texas State men had three individuals earn gold medals. Freshman Ben Collerton stood atop the podium in the heptathlon with 5,115 points. Collerton left his mark in the Texas State history books by becoming the first Bobcat to win a conference heptathlon title. 

Junior Alvin Chikaeze won the triple jump with a distance of 15.16m that he recorded on his final attempt of the day. Repeating as the Sun Belt champion in the shot put event was sophomore T’Mond Johnson who set a 19.05m mark. The attempt was Johnson’s personal best and ranks second in school history.

Earning bronze was Joe Austin and Joseph Meade. Austin recorded a personal best time of 1:52.51 in the 800m, while Meade collected his medal in the 5000m after posting a 14:46.07 performance. 

As the Indoor season comes to a close, junior Chelsie Decoud will continue to prepare for the NCAA Divison I Indoor Championships for the high jump competition in College Station. Decoud  The meet is scheduled to take place on March 9-10. 

While the rest of the team prepares for the outdoor season, Decoud will move onto College Station to compete in the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships. The meet is taking place on March 9-10. Decoud will be competing in the high jump after posting a record setting performance on Monday in the Sun Belt championships.

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