The Texas State men’s and women’s track and field team are headed to the 2009 Southland Conference Indoor Championships being held at the University of Houston’s Bill Yeoman Field House Friday and Saturday.
Junior sprinter Iris Darrington leads the Texas State women. Darrington holds the second best time in the conference in the 200 meters with a time of 24.90 seconds, and has a time of 7.78 in the 60 meters, which is tied for the eighth best time with teammates Renee Shepard and Maria Gustafson. Darrington also has the third best mark in the 400 meters with a time of 57.42.
With a height of 1.76 meters (5 feet, 9.25 inches) Valerie Hancock has the second best mark in the high jump entering this weekend. Jennifer Matthews holds the top spot in the pole vault with a height of 3.52 meters (11-06.50).
Texas State’s Sara Olayiwola has the fifth-best mark in the long jump at 5.64 meters (18-06.00) and the second-best triple jump with 12.18 meters (39-11.50). Teammate Asiya Iskakova is in the No. 1 spot in the triple with 12.54 m (41-01.75).
Iskakova and Hancock sit in the third and fourth spots in the pentathlon, which promises a competitive field. Jiovanna Martinez and Kayla Smith both are in the Top 10 in their respective throwing events.
On the men’s side, De’Andrick Johnson leads a sprint core packed with explosive talent that may be unleashed this week. Johnson holds the league’s fourth-best time in the 60 meters (6.81), which is also the school record. Aaron Jones has a time of 6.85 in the seventh spot. Johnson also has the third best time in the 200 meters with a time of 22.10.
Clay Holland and Daniel Fahlenkamp are both in the Top 10 in the 60 meter hurdles with times in the low 8’s.
Three Texas State pole vaulters post heights in the front of the pack with Eric Williams having a height of 4.75 meters (15-07.00) to lead all Bobcats. Dmitri Kabakov and Jarrod Buddin both have heights of 4.61 meters (15-01.50).
Ikenna Obonna will enter the triple jump this weekend with the sixth best mark of 14.72m (48-03.50).
In the shot put, Kemeul Morales leads all throwers with a mark of 17.06 meters (55-11.75). Andy Ysebaert has the sixth best throw in the Southland with 15.46 meters (50-08.75), while David Hernandez has a throw of 15.40 meters (50-06.25).