Lincoln, Neb. — Texas State senior pole-vaulter Rebekah Vickers and junior thrower Kemuel Morales were the top finishers for the Bobcats at the NCAA Midwest Regional Track and Field Championships. Vickers posted an 11th-place finish after clearing 12 feet, 6 inches on her first attempt in the women’s pole vault.
Morales also finished in 11th place with a mark of 53 feet, 7 ½ inches on his first attempt in the men’s shot put, while Katie Hanie had a 13th-place showing in the women’s discus after posted a throw of 155 feet, 10 inches on her first attempt.
Jonathan Ochoa also finished 13th in the men’s javelin with a throw of 202 feet, 4 inches on his second throw.
Ashley Austin had a mark of 17 feet, 10 ¼ inches in the women’s long jump, while Kevin Aje posted a time of 10.83 seconds in the second heat of the men’s 100-meter dash.
The meet continues Saturday with Valerie Hancock competing in the women’s high jump, Ikenna Obonna contending in the men’s triple jump along with Casey Cummings, Dimitri Kabakov and Jared Buddin competing in the men’s pole vault for the Bobcats.
The top-five finishers in each individual event and the top three relay teams earn automatic entry into the NCAA Track and Field Championships, held June 11-14 in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition, six-to-eight competitors are added to each event based on season-best marks, once each of the four Regional Championships has concluded.
By RICHARD POULTER
Sports Information Director