Texans, TexAnns see success at Texas Relays, Bobcat Invitational


Lindsey Hinton

Bethany Brooks/ Senior Reporter

Some members of the Tarleton State University Texan and TexAnn track teams competed in the Texas Relays in Austin on March 26-29, while others went to San Marcos for the Bobcat Invitational at Texas State University.

Randall Kadlacek was able to hit a personal-best time in the 110m hurdles with a sixth place finish in 14.57, beating last week’s time of 14.66. This finish moved him up to tie for No.7 in the nation.

Also in Austin were the men’s mile relay team of Marquis Thompson, Blake Eschbach, Cameron Krc, and Gilson Umunnakwe. The team ran their best time of the season with 3:13.92 and finished in seventh. This finish bumped the relay team from No. 9 in the nation to No. 7.

Rounding out the Austin meet were Chase Rathke and Dylan Willett with their 1500m runs. Rathke won the race with a time of 3:49.87 and Willett finished second with 3:51.06. Both runners beat the NCAA provisional mark and were the top college runners at the meet – including the Division I runners.

In San Marcos at the Bobcat Invitational, Rathke hit his first NCAA provisional qualifying mark of the season with his 800m run. He finished the race in fourth place at 1:51.78, which moved his rank to No. 3 in the nation. Willet also ran the race with a personal-best of 1:57.00.

Also seeing success in San Marcos were Aly Coughlin and Lindsey Hinton. Both TexAnns beat the school record in the 1500m run. Coughlin is the new record holder and finished second in the race with a time of 4:36.42, while Hinton finished third in 4:37.18. Coughlin’s time is just 1.08 seconds shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Also running the 1500m was Katelin Huckabee, who finished 14th with a time of  4:53.27.

The Texans and TexAnns will run in San Angelo on April 5 in the David Noble Relays.