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Tarleton Sports Information

ABILENE Ė The Tarleton menís track and field team reached its highest finish ever with a second place finish in the Lone Star Conference Track and Field Championships held in Abilene last weekend. The TexAnns finished third with a strong meet as well.

The Texans, helped by the performance of 19 freshmen, scored 125 points to finish behind Abilene Christian (290), but Tarleton finished ahead of Angelo State (102), Texas A&M-Commerce (54), Texas A&M-Kingsville (50) and Eastern New Mexico (30).

The TexAnns scored 95 points to finish behind ACU (259) and ASU (223). Tarleton was ahead of TAMUK (41), TAMUC (40) and ENMU (23).

One of the highlights of Sundayís action was Danielle Youngblood who captured an individual title in the womenís 100-meter dash with a time of 12.02. Chelsey Bradford finished third in 12.17.

The womenís 4x100-meter relay finished third with a time of 47.04 and was run by Jessica Ryan, Courtney Pleasant, Bradford and Youngblood. The menís 4x100-meter relay, ran by Cameron Wilson, Theo Miller, Tremaine Wright and Roderick Smith, was second with a time of 40.83.

Garrett Thomas ran the 110-meter hurdles in 14.64 to finish fifth while Miller and Smith placed second and third in the 100-meter dash with times of 10.67 and 10.75, respectively. Wright was ninth in 11.07.

In the womenís 400-meter dash, Pleasant ran a 57.47 to finish third as Chad Edwards finished sixth in the menís 400 with a time of 49.76.

Sheila Bishop was fifth in the 800-meter race with a time of 2:22.23 while Casey Crabtree (1:56.47), Rey Hinojosa (1:56.63) and Bryan Ruiz (1:57.49) finished third through fifth, respectively, in the menís 800-meter dash.

Caitlin Warren was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:07.91 and Thomas was third in the menís 400-hurdles with a mark of 54.22 seconds.

Three TexAnns competed in the finals of the 200-meter dash with Youngblood (25.26) finishing second and Pleasant (25.82) finishing third. Ryan also ran in the race and placed seventh in 26.18.

In the menís 200, Wilson finished third with a time of 22.39 while Mille was fifth (22.63) and Griffin was sixth (22.79).

Claudia Castanon finished third in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:18.16 to break the old meet record of 17:26.83 set by Andrea Ratkovic of Texas A&M-Kingsville on April 25, 1987. The top three finishers all broke the old record. Morgan Kuykendall was seventh in the vent with a time of 19:42.91.

In the menís 5,000-meter race, Jared McNeil was third (15:25.10) and Gerzain Valenzuela was fourth (15:31.72) while Kevin Emmert (16:24.69), Ryan Quasada (16:46.40), Westyn Rosilies (17:09.40), Rey Hinojosa (17:18.35) and Travis Fort (17:38.63) also represented Tarleton in the event.

Castanon then finished third in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 11:02.86 while Kymberlee Trnka was fifth in 11:17.00.

Hinojosa finished third in the 1,500-meter run Sunday with a time of 3:52.12. McNeil (4:09.24), Rosilies (4:20.65) and Fort (4:30.17) also ran the race for the Texans.

Stephen Dombrowski finished fifth in the javelin throw with a toss of 181-04 Matt Linn was ninth with a chunk of 161-01 and Sam Lackey was 12th with a 118-01.

Meredeth Persinger was fourth in the shot put with a mark of 38-05.50 while in the menís shot put, Casey Keeter finished second with a throw of 52-06.50. Nolan Eubanks (48-01.75), Michael Pratt (40-08.75) and Lackey (37-01.00) also competed for the Texans.

Chayden Feist was second in the pole vault with a clearance of 16-05.25 and Justin Zimmerman cleared 14-07.50 to finish eighth.

In the final event of the day, the TexAnn women finished third in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:57.64. Running for Tarleton was Bishop, Pleasant, Ryan and Warren. The menís team finished fifth with a time of 3:22.55 and included Crabtree, Edwards, Anthony Gerhard and Laramie Huddleston.