Tarleton track breaks records at ACU Invitational


The next meet for the teams will be at Texas A&M-Commerce on April 19 at the Lion Invitational.

Bethany Brooks/Senior Reporter

The men and women’s track teams at Tarleton State University competed in the Abilene Christian University Invitational track meet on Saturday, April 12 in Abilene. The meet consisted of Division I and II universities.

The school record in the hammer throw was broken on both the men and women’s side. Twenty-two top-eight finishes, six NCAA provo marks and two gold medals helped make the meet a success for Texans and TexAnns.

In field events, Kenny Odunaiya was able to break his own record in the hammer throw with a throw of 165’ 6” for a seventh place finish at the meet. For the women’s record, Brianna Johnson broke Beth Wells’ 14-year-old record with a throw of 153’ 4” for a sixth place finish.

A provisional mark and personal best were hit by Davene Carter in the high jump with 2.08m (6’ 9.75”) for one of the two gold medals brought home by the teams.

Travis Allison also competed in the event. Allison’s fourth place jump was maxed at 1.98m (6’ 6”).

Odunaiya also saw success in the shot put with a fourth place throw of 15.93m (52’ 3.25”).

For the women, Marissa Westbrook took fifth in the shot put with a throw of 12.91m (42’ 4.25”) and Nikki McNorton finished fourth in the high jump with a height of 1.61m (5’ 3.25”).

In distance and relay, 12 top-eight finishes were accomplished.

Chase Rathke’s fourth place finish in the 800m was timed at 1:51.21. The men’s mile relay A team finished third with 3:10.61, just 0.37 seconds short of the school record.

Dylan Willett (4:06.03) finished seventh in the 1500m run, Luke Scribner (38.28.12) took third in the 10K, and the men’s B mile relay (3:15.82) finished third.

In women’s, Katelin Huckabee had the second gold medal of the day with a time of 18:50.59 in the 5000m run.

Also finishing in the top-eight were Aly Coughlin (2:19.75) with a sixth place finish in the 800m, Lindsey Hinton (4:39.96) with a third-place finish in the 1500m, Lauren Finley (20:22.74) with a fifth place finish in the 5K, and the women’s mile relay with fifth place and a time of 3:51.34.

Sprints and hurdles had three provisional marks and four top-eight finishes.

Cameron Krc managed to get his first provo mark of the season in the 400m with a time of 47.72 for eighthplace. Kadlacek (14.63) and McNorton (14.07) ran the 110m and 100m hurdles for sixth place each. Kadlacek also placed eighth in the 400m hurdles in 55.26.

The next meet for the teams will be at Texas A&M-Commerce on April 19 at the Lion Invitational.