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May 11th, 2009
Bobcat women second at league track meet


The women’s track and field team for Texas State finished second at the Southland Conference outdoor championships during the weekend at Stephen F. Austin.

The Texas State men’s team finished in sixth place.

Valerie Hancock scored 20 most points for the women’s team, the most of any Bobcat, by claiming the heptathlon and high jump titles. Texas State earned six individual crowns during the championships.

Stephen F. Austin won the women’s team championship with 173.50 points. Texas State was second 135.50. Rounding out top five women’s finishers were UT Arlington with 125 points, Sam Houston State with 99 and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 95.

Jennifer Matthews won the gold in the pole vault with an NCAA Regional qualifying height of 3.85 meters (12-07.50). She claimed the title after surpassing a height of 12.1.50 (3.70m), but Matthews continued to vault until she reached the regional qualifying mark.

In the triple jump, Asiya Iskakova followed up her indoor title with another championship in the outdoor event. Her fifth attempt netted her the gold medal and a NCAA Regional qualifying mark when she bounded 40-11.50 (12.48m). Teammate Sara Olayiwola also had a strong meet and finished third with a mark of 39-3.25 (11.97m) on her final attempt.

The Bobcats also scored first- and third-place points in the women’s discus. Trailing heading into the sixth and final throw, Katie Hanie hurled the discus 159-1 (48.50m) to overtake McNeese State’s DeAnn Washington for the title with an NCAA Regional qualifying mark. Texas State’s Jiovanna Martinez rounded out the medal winners with a third-place throw of 153-11 (46.91m).

Southeastern Louisiana won the men’s team championship with 105 points. Sam Houston State was second with 100. The next three finishers were Texas-San Antonio with 88.50, Texas-Arlington with 85.50 and Stephen F. Austin State with 68.50. Texas State was sixth with 65 points.

Goldstein Okafor grabbed third in the triple jump with a bound of 15.09 meters (49-06.25) for Texas State. Teammate Ikenna Obonna was fourth with a jump of 15.00 meters (49-02.50).

Among other Texas State performers, Andy Ysebaert took fifth in the men’s discus with a mark of 163-05 (49.80m). Jarrod Buddin finished fourth in the men’s pole vault with a height of 4.75 meters (15-07).

Stefon Hargrove clocked a time of 10.61 in the 100-meter dash for sixth place. Brandon Thomas was eighth with a time of 10.83.

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