No. 9 Texan track takes second, No. 25 TexAnn track takes third at McMurry

Bethany Brooks/ Senior Reporter

The Tarleton State University track teams traveled to Abilene on Saturday, March 21-22, to compete in the Warhawk Classic at McMurry University.

Randall Kadlacek stole the show on day two by hitting an NCAA provisional mark in the 110m hurdles.

The two teams had 40 top-10 finishes on the final day. 26 of the 40 were able to place in the top 5 of their individual events, and seven of the 26 won the event.

First up were the field events. All-American Nikki McNorton competed in the women’s high jump and finished first with a height of 1.60m (5’ 3”) and Katie Sikes cleared 1.45m (4’ 9”) to take seventh. In the men’s high jump, Travis Allison cleared 2.03m (6’ 8”) and finished third while Patrick McHale cleared 1.95m (6’ 4”) to finish fifth.

For the sprints and hurdles, Kadlacek was able to hit his second career outdoor provisional mark. Kadlacek took second in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.66, beating the NCAA provisional mark of 14.69. He also placed third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 56.26. Kyle Johnson (56.51) and Michael Eschback (58.38) finished fifth and 10th, respectively.

Johnson was also able to finish fifth in the 110m hurdles with 14.96.

For the women, Kara Bickham took a career-high second place in the 400m hurdles in 1:05.64 and Deylinn Garrett (15.26) finished fifth in the 100m hurdles. Stephanie Kornegay finished ninth in the 110m hurdles in 1:10.20.

Garrett (25.90) and Shelby Greenwalt (26.16) finished fourth and ninth, respectively, in the 200m dash. LaDaria Nelson (58.06), Jasmine Owens (59.17), and Greenwalt (59.95) placed fourth, seventh, and ninth, respectively, in the 400m dash.

For the men, Cameron Krc (48.24) and Gilson Umunnakwe (48.72) finished first and second, respectively, in the 400m dash. Marquis Thompson (49.64), Clarencio Guerrero (49.84), and Aaron Donohue (50.20) placed fifth, eigth, and 10th, respectively. Brendan Williams finished out the top 10 Texan sprinters with a sixth place finish in the 200m with a time of 22.27 and a seventh place finish in the 100m with a time of 10.83.

For distance and relay, Lindsey Hinton got her second straight first place win in the 1500m run in 4:40.02. Also competing in the race were Aly Coughlin (4:43.41), Katelin Huckabee (4:52.59), and Tylo Farrar (5:07.51) who finished fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.

Nelson, Greenwalt, Bickham, and Owens dominated the women’s 4×4 relay with a time of 4:00.21.

Lauren Finley completed the distance for the women with a fifth-place finish in the 5000m dash in 20:26.59.

Dylan Willett finished first in the 1500m run with a time of 3:57.41, and not too far behind were Tye Doty (4:01.40) and Thorne Pettigrew (4:14.58) for third and ninth place respectively.

Mason Wrobel won the 10K with a time of 35:16.35 and teammate Andrew Clark finished second in 35:41.90.

The men’s primary mile relay team of Donahue, Blake Eschback, Krc, and Umunnakwe finished first with a time of 3:16.41. The secondary mile relay team of Thompson, Kadlacek, Steven Foster, and Cooper finished fourth in 3:20.77. The sprint relay team of Robert Atkinson, Brendon Williams, Ronald Sanchez, and Jordan Jones finished fifth in 41.90.

Stefan Campos (2:00.81), Brian Cooper (2:01.56), and Robert Pereira (2:05.17) finished third, sixth, and 10th in the 800m run. James Polasek (15:55.89) and Luke Scribner (16:04.46) finished second and fourth in the 5K.

Runners who qualify for the Texas Relays in Austin will compete on March 26, and the rest of the Tarleton track and field team will travel to San Marcos to run at Texas State.