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May 10th, 2013
Lyssy wins WAC heptathlon



Danessa Lyssy won the heptathlon at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) track and field meet (Texas State sports information photo).


Texas State dominated in the heptathlon and decathlon events at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) track and field championships and the women’s team held the lead entering the individual events, which take place today and Saturday.

Danessa Lyssy blew away the school record en route to a first place finish in the heptathlon while Tina Valenzuela, Pilar Hastings-Smith and Carter Nell all set personal records.

Lyssy owned the former school record in the heptathlon with 5,206 points, but eclipsed that Thursday with a final total of 5,522 points to win the gold in the heptathlon and claim 10 points for the Texas State women’s team. Lyssy clinched a spot at the NCAA Nationals after already earning a berth in the NCAA Regionals with her high jump in the event Wednesday.

Valenzuela finished third with 5,120 points for six team points and Hastings-Smith earned Texas State two more points with a seventh place finish. The trio combined for 18 points to put the Bobcats in the team lead, 10 points in front of New Mexico State.

Lyssy won the long jump and finished second in the javelin throw Thursday while Valenzuela took third in the long jump. Hastings-Smith paced the Bobcats in the 800-meter run, finishing second with Valenzuela coming in third.

Nell set a personal record in the decathlon, putting up career bests in six events during the first two days. He netted the Texas State men’s team eight points with a second place finish, scoring 6,883 points in the decathlon.

Nell performed consistently well and caught fire toward the end. After consecutive fourth place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles and discus, he shot up to second in the pole vault and won the javelin throw before finishing second in the 1500-meter run.

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