SAN ANGELO – Tarleton’s immense short and long-term potential in the heptathlon was readily apparent on Thursday at the David Noble Relays.
Kyndal Gladson and Rese Schoonover combined to tally seven personal records across four events on the first day of the combined event.
Gladson sits in eighth place with 2,680 points. The sophomore is on pace to finish with 4,400 points, which would rank seventh in school history.
Schoonover, a freshman from Stratford, Texas, was every bit as impressive. She capped her afternoon in Concho City with 2,492 points and in possession of 11th place. Schoonover is on target for 4,000 points with the long jump, javelin and 800m in store for Friday’s conclusion. Should Schoonover reach the 4,000-point threshold, she would join Gladson on Tarleton’s all-time outdoor top-10 record book.
Schoonover earned lifetime personal records in all four events.
The duo got the day off in style in the 100m hurdles, as they each notched lifetime best times. Gladson crossed the finish line eighth overall behind a time of 15.33 seconds, surpassing her previous personal best by eight-tenths of a second. Schoonover was not far behind, as she placed ninth in 15.58 seconds. Gladson earned 802 points while Schoonover claimed 767 points, which was her largest sum of the afternoon.
Schoonover then proved her progression in the high jump. She cleared 4′ 11.25″ to post a lifetime personal record and earn 599 points. Gladson finished one spot back, leaping 4′ 7.35″ and garnering 534 points.
Gladson, originally from Del Rio, Texas, wasted little time picking up her second personal record of the outing in the shot put. She finished eighth and racked up 477 more points with a toss of 30′ 2.25″. Schoonover threw the implement 25′ 10″ and added 391 points to her cumulative total.
Both athletes then finished the day the way they began the competition, placing in the top-10 and registering a personal record on the track. Gladson finished third in the 200m with a time of 25.22 seconds and was awarded 867 points – her highest total of the competition. Schoonover followed suit by placing second in her heat and eighth overall in 26.72 seconds and to the tune of 735 points. She shaved one-and-a-half seconds off her collegiate personal record.
The competition resumes at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. The Texans will also begin the Baylor Invitational with the hammer throw, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Tarleton is then set to travel a full contingent of athletes to Waco on Saturday for the second-and-final day of the meet.