Though the Texas State track teams finished no higher than sixth as they opened their indoor season last weekend, the Leonard Hilton Invitational in Houston brought the Bobcats good news.
Sprinter Aaron Jones broke the Texas State school record in the 60-meter run with a time of 6.85 seconds, breaking a nine-year-old record held by Brian Hood. Teammates De’Andrick Johnson and Brandon Thomas also qualified for the finals placing sixth, seventh and tenth with times of 6.92, 6.94 and 6.97, respectively. Johnson took fifth in the 200-meters, crossing the line in a time of 22.64.
Overall, the Texas State men’s team finished sixth at the meet held by the University of Houston, while the women’s team came in eighth.
Three Texas State male athletes placed in the top 10 in field events. Leading the way, pole vaulter Eric Williams finished third with a height of 4.75 meters (15 feet, seven inches).
On the women’s side, Iris Darrington won the 200-meter title, beating out 47 other runners with a time of 24.96.
Three Bobcat women placed in the high jump. Valerie Hancock led the way with a second place finish, jumping 1.75 meters (5-08.75). Katie Evans took seventh at 1.65 meters (5-05). Asiya Iskakova finished ninth with a final height of 1.60 meters (5-03).
Jennifer Matthews finished third in the pole vault at 3.45 meters (11-03.75), while Jannah Evans placed seventh at 3.30 meters (10-10).
The Texas State track and field teams will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 30, for the University of Houston Combined Events and the Houston Invite.