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The Texas State athletes celebrate after winning the men’s and women’s team championships in the Western Athletic Conference. TEXAS STATE ATHLETICS PHOTO

STAFF REPORT

Texas State added two more conference track and field championships to its register during the weekend as the men’s and women’s teams each won the Western Athletic Conference meet in Arlington.

The women’s team dominated with a 39-point victory, scoring 179 team points to 140 for second-place Texas-Arlington (UTA). The men’s team came from behind and scored a narrow win with 149 team points. Utah State finished second with 143.

It is yet to determined which and how many athletes Texas State will send to the preliminary rounds of the NCAA national championships. Those announcements will come this week.

Texas State head coach Dana Boone took home both the men’s and women’s WAC Outdoor Coach of the Year awards to make it three WAC awards after being named the women’s WAC Indoor Coach of the Year.

Senior Kelsey Titzman, the women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, also took home the women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year award. She won the shot put and finished third in the discus.

Senior Timothy Young was the high point scorer for the men, finishing with 36 points, 11 more than second place. He medaled in all four events he attempted, winning the 110-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash. Texas State’s Darian Brown was third on the men’s individual scoring list with 22 points, winning recognition as the WAC’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.

The women jumped out to an early start at the meet behind the record-breaking performance by Danessa Lyssy in the heptathlon and never looked back on their way to 13 medals, four of which were gold: Leslie Ables in pole vault (3.81 meters; 12 feet, 6 inches), Lyssy in the heptathlon (5,522 points), Titzman in shot put (16.23; 53-3) and Jalisa Hall in hammer throw (58.27; 191-2).

Young medaled in the 200-meter dash, finishing third with a personal best time of 20.90. That set up the discus squad to put the Bobcats ahead. Brown and company finished first, second, fourth and eighth to total 24 points for the team. Kole Knutson finished second while Jordan Huckaby took fourth. Roman Rodriguez finished eighth.

The meet came down to the final event, the men’s 4×400-meter relay. Texas State had to beat Utah State and UT Arlington to complete the sweep. The Bobcats blew them away and finished second in the race. James Hillard, Reggie Reed, William Murray and Anthony Johnson ran a time of 3:10.99 while Utah State and UTA finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with times slower than 3:15.00.

The men won three gold medals. Brown won the discus, while and Young won the 110-meter hurdles and the 100 meters with a personal record in the hurdles (13.94). Young set three personal records during the weekend. The other two were in the 200 meters (20.90) and the long jump (7.48; 24-6.5).

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