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College Track and Field: Bobcats shine at Invitational

Texas State put on an impressive performance last weekend at the Texas State Invitational, the teams third home meet of the season.

The squad finished with 13 first-place finishes and many more with top performances.

Tyrone Jackson took the mens 800-meters with a first place time and personal record of one minute, 49.72 second, also placing him second in the Western Athletic Conference.

Danielle Candelaria won the high jump with a jump of 1.74 meters, putting in her in a first-place tie for the highest jump in the WAC. Carly Szabo finished fourth in the event.

The Texas State throwers made a strong showing as well.

Darian Brown finished second overall and first among collegiate athletes with a shot put of 18.20 meters, the longest distance in the WAC. He followed it up with a first-place throw of 55.68 meters in the hammer throw, putting him second in the WAC in that even.

The Bobcats dominated the hammer throw with Texas State men claiming second, third and fourth behind Brown, and the women took first, second, fourth and fifth. Jalisa Hall won the event with Talore Kelly in second and Dasha Tsema in fourth.

Both Kelly and Tsema took events of their own. Tsema won the discus with a WAC-leading throw of 48.68 meters while Kelly took the shot put with a throw of 13.99 meters.

In the mens discus, Kole Knutson won with a toss of 52.07 meters, placing him second in the WAC. Jordan Huckaby took second with a throw of 48.77 meters.

In the mens vault, All-American Logan Cunningham won first with a WAC-leading jump of 5.27 meters. Not far below him was Landon Ferguson with a third-place vault of 5.07 meters, putting him fourth in the WAC.

Leslie Ables finished second with a height of 3.65 meters to make the second highest pole vault in the WAC this season. The highest belongs to her teammate, Hannah McWilliams, who took fourth in last weekends event.

Garrett Robinson and William Murray each took third place in the high jump and long jump respectively, while Allie Saunders finished second in the triple jump.

The mens 4x100-meter team of Timothy Young, Raymond Hatton, Murray and Anthony Johnson claimed first place with a time of 40.52, the second fastest time in the WAC.

Johnson also finished first in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 47.60 for second in the WAC. Murray was just behind him in second, finishing at 48.19, fourth in the WAC. Young won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.27.

Joseph Rodriguez finished third in the 1,500-meter run (3:57.07) while Michelle Jones and Maria Lopez took the top two spots in the womens 1500-meter run with times of 4:37.27 and 4:43.83, respectively. Kelly Trevino finished third In the womens 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:38.15).

The womens 4x400-meter teams (Hayley Helfenbein, Kellie Trinkaus, Jennie Thomas and Chantesean White along with Amber Gilmore, Kimberly Krtinich, Briana Sharp and Pilar Hastings-Smith) won second and third with times of 3:44.50 and 3:48.65. The top team owns the fourth-best time in the WAC.

Thomas also finished second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:00.54) placing her second in the WAC. Sharp also finished second in the 800, while Krtinich took third.

Texas State will be back in action in Austin Saturday at the University of Texas Invitational.

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