Track & Field Finishes Strong At Bobcat Classic
North Texas Takes Home Four First-Place Titles
SAN MARCOS, TX -- The North Texas track & field teams put together a strong team performance Saturday at the Bobcat Classic at the Texas State University Track and Field stadium.
Both North Texas teams finished in third place out of 12 teams. The Mean Green had a stellar team performance with four titles and 13 podium finishes.
"It's always great to compete against teams during a scored event," head coach Carl Sheffield said. "It helps out confidence as a team to see where our strengths and weaknesses are. The sprinters always seem to run well here. Most of the team came away with a personal best or quite near. I felt really good about our overall performances as a team."
On Friday, the Mean Green came away with two titles in javelin as freshman Kristyn Archuleta and sophomore Javier Lopez-Ibarra finished first. Archuleta picks up her third outdoor title in javelin and threw her second-best mark at 47.20 meters (154-10 feet). Lopez-Ibarra earned his second first-place finish with a career-best mark of 63.15 meters (207-02 feet), third-best in school history.
Freshman Linnea Larsson-Huusko finished second in the hammer throw with a career-best mark of 52.14 meters (171-01 feet). Junior Kevone Kennedy came in third in the hammer throw with a career-best mark of 53.88 meters (176-09 feet).
In pole vault, freshman Bailey Ashmore finished second at 3.75 meters (12-3.50 feet) and sophomore Blake Skoog came in third at 3.50 meters (11-5.75 feet). Freshman Jacob Franks placed third in pole vault with a career-best mark of 4.70 meters (15-05 feet).
Senior Dominique Drayden placed fourth in long jump with a career-best mark of 7.25 meters (23-9.5 feet).
On Saturday, freshman Karl Sralla placed fourth in discus with a personal-best throw of 50.85 meters (166-10 feet). Kennedy finished fifth in discus with a throw of 50.33 meters.
In the 1500-meter run, sophomore Kellee McCann came in third with a time of 4:39.48 and junior Christina Moralez finished fifth at 4:41.20.
Senior James Coleman finished fourth in the 1500m run with a time of 3:52.50. Junior Mike Lowe came in seventh (3:56.54) and freshman Florian Lussy placed eighth at 3:59.36.
The Mean Green finished first and second in the 110-meter hurdles after junior Tevaun Scallion ran a new personal best time of 14.48 and freshman Jacob Kevetter was second at 14.69.
Senior Jamison Justice came in fourth and ran a personal-best time of 47.79 in the 400-meter dash. Freshman Na'Jee Wickliff finished seventh with a time of 48.19.
Freshman Kacie Mayberry finished fourth in the 800-meter run at 2:11.89 and junior Victoria Junious was fifth at 2:13.72. Classmate Artesha Richardson came in fourth and ran a personal-best time of 24.37 in the 200-meter dash. Her time of 24.37 is a new country record in Anguilla.
Freshman Hayden Murphy came in third in the 5000-meter run with a time of 15:37.66.
Senior Collin Heard fell just short of a personal-best in the 200-meter dash after placing first with a time of 20.86. Sophomore James Cole finished second with a personal-best time of 20.97.
The women's 4x400-meter relay team (Richardson, Bria Williams, Darrian Johnson, Junious) placed fourth with a time of 3:56.35.
In the final event, the men's 4x400-meter relay team (Heard, Cole, Wickliff, Justice) finished third with a time of 3:13.71.
-Freshman Howard Grant finished seventh in long jump at 6.92 meters
-Sophomore Cassidy Adams placed seventh in her first 3000-meter steeplechase at 11:46.47, fourth-best in school history
-Sophomore Catalina Uriarte also ran her first 3000m steeplechase at 12:36.91
-Sophomore Kyle Maloney came in fifth in the 3000m steeplechase at 9:56.55
-The women's 4x100-meter relay team (Bria Williams, Richardson, Breanna Eckels, Jazmine Martin) came in fourth at 47.09
-Senior Kylee Kittrell finished 10th in the 1500m run at 4:51.67
-Junior Siara Obasuyi finished ninth in the 100-meter dash at 12.20
-Senior Adam Hasan placed eighth in the 100m dash at 10.72
-Junior Zach Kirkland came in fifth in the 800m run with a time of 1:52.99
-Scallion finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 54.28
North Texas will have two weeks to prepare for the Conference USA championships starting May 11-13 hosted by UTEP in El Paso.