Texans find success in long-awaited Division I Indoor Track and Field debut

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LUBBOCK – It was an historic indoor meet for the Texans as there were 11 athletes that made the All-Time top-10 indoor performances in school history, four top-3 performances and nine top-10 finishes. The first ever Division I indoor season for Tarleton track and field officially began Friday evening at the Texas Tech Corky Classic.

The freshmen led the way this evening for the Texans, six finished in the top-10 of their respective events. Allison Robling, Aimee Landers-Wilburn and Nyla Barlow were the top individual performers for the women’s teams. Robling made history by becoming second all time in school history in the indoor pole vault. Robling claimed this feat with height of 3.35 which is a personal record. Wilburn started her collegiate career with a personal record, she ran a 12:00.85 in the 3000-meter race to claim the third spot.

The Texans 200m team made history this evening, as there were three all-time indoor finishes in the event. Barlow led the way as she is now second all-time indoor for the event. Barlow claimed this record with a time of 25.34. Breonna Campbell who made her collegiate debut immediately reminded the world why she came to the Texans as the 34th ranked athlete in Texas. Campbell is ranked fourth all-time in school history in the event after her performance (25.63). Sophomore Summer Croxton finished the event with a time of 25.75, this put her sixth all time.

Kyndal Gladson who did not compete in the 2021 season made her collegiate debut this evening and she instantly made school history. Gladson is in the school record book for the long jump after her performance. Gladson officially holds the sixth best leap in Tarleton’s All-Time indoor record for the event. The Del Rio native notched this spot after she leapt for 17’1.50″ which is an early personal best.

For the men, it was a combination of upperclassmen and underclassmen that led the way. Joshua Hutchings, a sophomore is now ranked second all-time in indoor performances for the pole vault. Hutchings reached a height of 4.60.

Senior Dahmir Pearson reached eight all time in school indoor history for the 600y after a run of 1:15.94 which is his new personal best. Pearson is just now two seconds away from breaking the school record in the event.

Three members from the 200m team is now a part of the record books. Freshman Reid Vincent made his collegiate debut for the Texans and it sure was a performance. Vincent placed seventh in the event after a run of 22.04. This was the fifth best time in school indoor history. Alan Palmer, the All-WAC Champion began his senior season this evening by adding to his already impressive resume. Palmer ran a 22.22 in the event which placed him 11. This in turn put him seventh all-time in school performances for the indoor event. Ethan Hood, the sophomore from Boerne, TX also wanted to be a part of the fun. Hood finished in the 14th spot for the Texans after he ran for a time 22.39. Hood now stands eighth all time in school indoor history for his efforts.

Kevin Calvani made some history himself this evening for the purple and white. After finishing with a time of 2:57.38 that placed him 13th in the 1000m, Calvani is now in second place in the school indoor record for the event.

A pair of brothers concluded day one of the Texas Tech Corky Classic. Dominick Vastlik and younger brother Khristian Vastlik finished in the top-10 of the 3000m race. However, it was the younger Vastlik that got the better end this evening. Khristian concluded with a time of 9:10.68, which is personal record in his young collegiate career, this placed him third in the event. Meanwhile Dominick finished seventh after a run that ended at 9:17.01.

The Texans will begin day two tomorrow at the Texas Tech Corky Classic with the shot put at 11:00 a.m., followed by the long jump at 12:00 p.m.

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