Jody Stewart talks about State's women's indoor championship

Texas State Track & Field

Texas State is becoming a force during indoor track season.

The women’s team took home the Sun Belt Championship Tuesday night by a point-margin of 67. The men’s team finished in second after winning the conference title a year ago. In his first two seasons as director of track and field/cross country, Jody Stewart has already earned two conference championships.

“We had a lot of challenges this year and we were able to persevere and that’s what I’m really proud of with this group,” Stewart said. “The thing we talked about was going back to what we always do, execute our plan.

“We knew coming in that the meet was going to be tough. “We were coming in as the underdogs and our methods were that we were going to fight to the end.”

Even after the women led at the end of day one on Monday, Stewart said there wasn’t a moment he thought they would run away with the title like they ended up doing. Led by Tremesha Hardy’s four gold medals, Texas State’s 166 points was the most in program history at a conference meet.

Hardy won gold in the 60-meter (7.46), 200-meter (23.69) and 400-meter (53.84) with her fourth medal coming as the second-leg of the team’s 4x400-meter relay team. All three of her individual medals were personal bests and are among the top 10 marks in school history.

“The exciting part about that was that it was something (Hardy) wanted to do,” Stewart said. “She did all the preparation and it came back to execution. She executed the plan and did that extremely well.”

Hardy finished with the most individual points (32.5) of the event.

After suffering a stress fracture in her right shin during the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, senior Mylana Hearne battled back to win the silver medal and notch a personal record, 12.79 meters, in the triple jump.

“She had a great outdoors, had some challenges postseason and the way she was able to persevere through some of those challenges was amazing,” Stewart said. “That was great for the whole team, to watch from where she was this fall, to where she’s at now. But the exciting part is where she’s going to be this spring. I think she’s going to be better than where she was the previous season.”

For Texas State’s men’s team, after graduating 10 seniors from last year’s conference winning unit, Stewart commends a second place finish.

“When you graduate 10 and you’re still able to bounce back with a very young group, for those guys that was an outstanding meet,” Stewart said.

The highlight for the men’s team happened to be the photo-finish between D’Marcus Porter and Lincoln Warren in the 400-meter. Both split the gold with a time of 47.81 with teammate Belson Pierre finishing in third. Texas State had five of the eight runners in the event. 

“In my meeting to those guys I was like, guys I don’t care who’s first, second and third, let’s just go get the points,” Stewart said. “I’m extremely proud of them. They executed that plan across the board. They did an outstanding job of executing and being able to score 29 points in an event it outstanding.”

What’s next for Stewart and his conference championship program? Moving on to the outdoor season. Texas State’s men’s and women’s teams both finished third in outdoors in 2016.

“We just keep working. We’ll fine tune the things we’ve got to do better. That’s just the thing, you’ve got to keep improving your level of execution each week and I think we’ve got that, but we’ve got to keep going.”

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