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STAFF REPORT

Texas State will have a nice contingent of track and field athletes at the NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary Round to be contested May 23-25 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

The Bobcats will be represented by 22 athletes in 20 events. Of their 22 athletes, 10 have top-25 performances nationally in their events.

Along with all that, Texas State already has advanced hepathlete Danessa Lyssy directly to the NCAA Final Championships in Eugene, OR, which will be held June 5-8. The heptathlon does not compete in the preliminary rounds. Lyssy is anked 13th in the region with her record breaking performance in the heptathlon at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships, scoring 5,522 points.

“It’s great for our program to have this many go to the preliminary round,” Texas State coach Dana Boone said. “We had 19 last year so adding more is a step in the right direction. This year, the goal is to get more to the final championships.”

Timothy Young will lead Texas State into the preliminary, competing in the 100-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, long jump and the 4 x 100-meter relay. Young is ranked in the top 10 in the region in the 100 and the 110 hurdles. Raymond Hatton, Reggie Reed, and William Murray will join Young to compete in the relay, but each have events of their own. Anthony Johnson will be an alternate in the relay.

Hatton and Reed both will run with Young in the 100. Hatton also will compete in the 200-meter run, while Murray will participate in the long jump. Freshmen Tyrone Jackson and Larron Black will compete in the 800-meter run and 400-meter hurdles, respectively.

As usual, All-American Logan Cunningham, currently ranked 16th, will represent Texas State in the pole vault. Sophomore Darian Brown will compete in the shot put and discus. Brown is ranked ninth in the discus and 14th in the shot. Kole Knutson will join Brown in the discus.

Lyssy will compete in the preliminary round high jump, along with Danielle Candelaria. Allie Saunders and Camille Bender will participate in the triple jump. Kelsey Titzman will be in the shot put, Dasha Tsema will be in the discus and Jalisa Hall will be in the hammer throw.

Chante’sean White will lead Texas State’s as the eighth-ranked athlete in the 400-meter hurdles. Chelsea Stephen and Alexus Hebert will be in the 100-meter dash, while Kimberly Krtinich and Briana Sharp will run the 800 meters. Sandra Venegas will go in the 10,000-meter run after setting her fourth school record of the year at the WAC Championships.

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