By MICHAEL WRIGHT
SAN MARCOS – Both men’s and women’s tracks teams did very well at the Texas State Open that was held at Jim Wacker Field Friday night. Two Bobcats qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships and the teams combined to win ten events in the home meet. This was the opening meet of their outdoor schedule.
Rebekah Vickers and Kemuel Morales posted NCAA Regional Qualifying Marks during the event. Vickers, the senior from Pilot Point High School, qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships when she won the women’s pole vault and cleared 3.85 meters. Morales, the junior from Brownsville Pace High School, qualified by winning the men’s shot put with a mark of 16.80 meters. He also placed fifth in the men’s discus with a throw of 46.45 meters. Jennah Evans was runner up in the women’s pole vault behind Vickers with a vault of 3.55 meters.
Valerie Hancock just missed qualifying for the NCAA Regional Championships in the women’s high jump. She won the event after clearing 1.70 meters. That mark is just five centimeters shy of the regional qualifying mark. Texas State had the top two finishers in the men’s long jump. Jonathan Williams won the event with a leap of 6.83 meters. Erick Thomas came in 2nd with a jump of 6.75 meters. Williams also had a 4th place finish in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 14.00 meters. Giovanna Martinez won the women’s hammer with a throw of 46.39 meters and Kelli Van Vleet won the javelin with mark of 40.16 meters to finish out the field event winners.
Iris Darrington won the women’s 200 meter dash with a time of 24.74 seconds and came in 3rd in the 100 meters in 12.32 seconds. Liat Anav won the women’s 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.84. She was also part of the winning women’s 4×400-meter relay. She joined Amanda Rodriguez, Cara Forrest and Mary Beth O’Connor to win the in a time of 3:58.88. The Bobcats also won the men’s 4×400-meter relay in the final event of the day as Adam Higginbotham, Justin Longoria, Gerry Harris and Gerry Kammer combined for a time of 3:16.57.
Texas State continues its outdoor campaign when the Bobcats travel to San Antonio for the UTSA Relays on Mar. 14-15.Email | Print