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Texas State’s track and field performers won seven events during the weekend at the Bobcat Classic as they prepare for next week’s Western Athletic Conference (WAC) meet in Arlington.


Texas State’s Sandra Venegas set a school record in the 5,000-meter run in the Bobcat Classic. TEXAS STATE ATHLETICS PHOTOS

“Overall, it was a good meet for the team with some solid performances and personal bests,” Texas State coach Dana Boone said. “We’re definitely on the right track. It’s good to have a meet like this right before conference. I feel like the team is ready and moving in the right direction.”

Texas State senior Timothy Young set a personal record and moved to the top of the WAC in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.90. He finished second overall, but first among collegiate athletes in the event.

Bobcat senior Sandra Venegas set a school record in the 5,000-meter run for the third time this season, finishing first with a time of 16:46.30 for a personal record, a Texas State record and the second best time in the WAC this season.

Texas State distance runners Michelle Jones took first in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:34.50 and Kimberly Krtinich won second with a personal record time of 4:36.35. Kelly Trevino also set a lifetime best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the Bobcats, finishing first with a time of 11:20.18.

Texas State’s Briana Sharp also set a personal record, winning the 800-meters with a personal best time of 2:09.02 to move into third in the WAC. Bobcat William Murray set a lifetime best in the long jump with a distance of 7.49 meters to put him second in the WAC.

Texas State’s Larron Black finished second in the men’s 400-meter hurdles at 51.59, while Chante’sean White and Jennie Thomas took second and third in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with times of 57.76 and 1:00.73, respectively. White’s 57.76 leads the conference.

Texas State’s Jessica Thomas finished with a first place distance, but, due to tiebreakers, came up second in the long jump with a distance of 5.93 meters. Bobcats Camille Bender and Allie Saunders followed by placing in the triple jump. Bend took first with a jump of 12.35 meters, a personal record, while Saunders finished third at 12.23 meters. They now sit third and fourth in the WAC, respectively.

Jalisa Hall finished third in the hammer throw with a throw of 55.96 meters, but competition was fierce as Texas State volunteer assistant coach Amanda Bingson won the event with a throw of 67.58 meters.

Texas State swept second, third and fourth in the women’s pole vault. Leslie Ables and Hannah McWilliams finished second and third, in that order, with a height of 3.70 meters while Anicka Newell took fourth with 3.60 meters.

Both Texas State 4×400-meter relay teams finished second. The women put up the second best time in the WAC at 3:41.37 with Amber Gilmore, Kelly Trinkaus, Chante’sean White and Jennie Thomas running the race. The men finished at 3:10.91, just 0.002 of a second behind the first place time 3:10.89. Black, Tyrone Jackson, Murray and Anthony Johnson represented Texas State in the race.


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