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April 1st, 2013
Bobcats succeed in two weekend track meets



Tyrone Jackson ran on Texas State’s conference best 4×440 relay performance Saturday at the Texas Relays (Texas State sports information photo).


Texas State’s track and field teams had a successful weekend shuttling back and forth between their own Bobcat Invitational and the Texas Relays in Austin.

For the weekend at the Texas Relays, the women had four performances that set the team’s new best marks, while the men’s 4×400 relay was a new team best.

Freshman Dasha Tsema finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 47.75 meters at the Texas Relays. The throw puts her atop the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in just her first season for the Bobcats.

Texas State also finished sixth in the premier event at the Texas Relays, the 4×400-meter relay. Freshmen James Hillard, Anthony Johnson, Tyrone Jackson and junior William Murray ran for a sixth place time of 3:10.76. The puts the team 25th nationally, but leading the WAC.

In the field, Kelsey Titzman threw at both meets. She finished eighth at the Texas Relays with a toss of 15.38 meters, but set a new WAC-leading mark and personal record at the Bobcat Invitational with a first place toss of 16.03 meters, besting second place by more than a meter. If she had hit the mark at the Texas Relays, she would have finished fifth. Titzman also took third in the hammer throw (47.95 meters) at the Bobcat Invitational.

Also placing at the Texas Relays Friday was Derrick Randle with an eighth place triple jump of 14.62 meters, Darian Brown with a ninth place shot put of 16.29 meters, and Murray with a 10th place long jump of 7.04 meters. Brown’s shot put and Randle’s triple jump are both the second best marks in the WAC for their respective events as both athletes set the top marks last weekend (14.65 meters for Randle in the triple jump and 16.53 meters in the shot put for Brown).

Back in San Marcos, at the Bobcat Invitational, Raymond Hatton also set a new WAC-leading mark, running for a second place time of 21.02 in the 200-meter dash. That time places him currently fourth in the nation. He kept up his good day with a time of 10.50 to finish second in the 100-meter dash.

Also in San Marcos, Danessa Lyssy set a new school record in the heptathlon with 5,206 points to finish first. Filling out two of the next three spots were Bobcats Pilar Hastings-Smith (third, 4,900) and Tina Valenzuela (fourth, 4,865). All three points totals would be top the WAC’s best mark. Lyssy’s point total currently places her third nationally while Hastings-Smith and Valenzuela sit with the sixth and seventh best point totals in the nation.

At the Bobcat Invitational, Texas State continued to set WAC-leading marks. Carter Nell set the high point total with 6,715 points in the decathlon, finishing third, while the women’s 4×400-meter relay team of Kimberly Krtinich, Amber Gilmore, Briana Sharp and Kellie Trinkaus finished first with a time of 3:49.69.

Carly Szabo set a season best and tied for third in the WAC with a high jump height of 1.65 meters, just 0.01 meters less than first place, to finish second in the high jump. In the men’s high jump, Garrett Robinson took first with a 2.00-meter jump while Alex Tripplett finished second with the same height.

The Texas State track and field team will next be in action in this upcoming weekend, hosting the Texas State Invitational at the Texas State Track and Field Complex Friday and Saturday.


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