Texans Take top honors at WAC Indoor Championship…
By: Sydnie Grossnickle
The Western Athletic Conference’s (WAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships were held in Albuquerque on Feb. 18-19.
The Texans claimed 11 sets of All-Conference nods. Men and women broke numerous school records while at the meet.
Tarleton State University’s men’s team made top 15 finishers in seven events.
According to Tarleton Sports, “Justin Raines placed first in the 60m dash in 6.71 seconds to become the first WAC Indoor Champion in school history and sixth overall in Tarleton’s Division I era.”
The Copperas Cove native also placed third in the 60-meter hurdles. He received All-Conference first team honors for both.
Brandon McKissick, Bailey Smotek, Reid Vincent and Zachary Martinez finished in sixth place in the 4×400 meter relay with 3:15:89.
Kevin Baez finished 14 in the 3000 meter with 8:44:92.
The women’s team also had a successful meet.
Three Texans competed in the high jump, with freshman Rylee Hennig finishing third. Gentrye Munden and Kylee Willis joined Hennig in the event, placing in the top 15.
According to Tarleton Sports, “She [Hennig] got the day started for Tarleton in style, breaking her indoor school record in the high jump with a leap of 5′ 7.75″ to place third en route to All-WAC first team honors.”
Nyla Barlow had a recording-breaking weekend of her own.
She broke the program indoor record in the 200-meter dash with 24.53, advancing her to the finals. She finished sixth with 24.60, landing her All-WAC second team honors.
Barlow also was a member of the 4×400 meter relay team with Jordan Anglin, Hanna Dudley and Alessa King. The quartet finished fourth with 3:47:78, earning All-WAC second team.
The Texans will start their outdoor season at their next meet. They will head to the ACU Wes Kittley Invitational in Abilene on March 17-19.
For combined results from the meet, check out https://www.wacsports.com/tournaments/track-ind/2021-22/files/compiled-final.pdf.