Courtesy of Tarleton Sports Information
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tarleton State sprinter Calvin Graham finished fourth in both the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships Saturday, headlining a strong showing by the purple and white.
Graham closed out the meet for the Texans, taking fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.89, .09 seconds behind bronze. Less than an hour earlier, Graham had come even closer to medalling, finishing fourth with a time of 10.48 — .03 seconds off third place.
Also running in the finals Saturday was Tarleton’s women’s 4x100 relay team of Kandis Brooks, Courtney Pleasant, Chelsey Bradford and Danielle Youngblood. The quartet shaved several seconds off their qualifying time (46.65) to finish eighth, with a mark of 46.49.
Stephen Dombrowski opened the day for Tarleton by placing 13th out of 18 in the javelin finals. His final throw, of 58.14 meters, was his best of the day.
The championships began Thursday, and Tarleton head coach Pat Ponder was “really proud of how our kids competed” early in the meet.
“We did some good things today that set us up for the next two days of competition,” Ponders said after the meet’s first day.
Relay runners Brooks and Youngblood each competed in other events at the meet. Brooks was fourth in her heat of the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.15, but didn’t qualify for the finals. Youngblood ran a 12.26 in the 100-meter dash, but also finished short of the finals.
Garrett Thomas finished the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.77 to finish fourth in his heat, but he missed the finals by .37 of a second.
Pablo Gutierrez threw 13.41 meters (44-00.00) in his first outdoor nationals.
Distance runner Rey Hinojosa ran a 4:02.31 1,500-meter race, finishing 18th.
Justin Hobbs closed his career with a 52.65 400-meter hurdle race Thursday. He did not advance to the finals after finishing fifth in his heat.