SEATTLE – There’s not a bigger event than what Tarleton is participating in this weekend, and for some, the pressure has fueled top performances.
Several Texans put together some of their best efforts imaginable on Friday during the second day of the WAC Outdoor Championships at Husky Track in Seattle.
Look no further than the women’s 400m preliminaries, where Jordan Anglin turned in a personal record race of 55.83 seconds, the third fastest mark in Tarleton history. She bested her previous record mark of 55.88 seconds. Friday’s run put her eighth in the event, sending her to the finals on Saturday and locking up All-WAC honors for the senior.
One of Tarleton’s top freshman, Justin Raines, showed out once again in the 100m, finishing third in the preliminaries at 10.65 seconds. That’s the ninth fastest mark in program history, putting his name on Tarleton’s top-10 100m record times twice (10.23 is his personal best).
Tarleton’s day started in the men’s long jump, where Alan Palmer sets the tone early for the Texans. He claimed All-WAC Second Team credentials, becoming the first four-time recipient of postseason All-WAC accolades in school history, placing fourth in the event with a leap of 24′ 1.5″. Jaden Hall (20′ 2.5″, 14th) and Jamariyan Howlett (20′ 1.5″, 15th) also logged results in the long jump.
Joining Palmer on the All-WAC awards list Friday was Allison Robling, who placed eighth in the women’s pole vault at 10′ 11.75″. The freshman is the first athlete in Tarleton’s WAC and DI era to earn all-conference credentials in the pole vault, finding her way on the All-WAC Second Team.
In the track preliminaries on Friday, Tarleton had five athletes finish in the top-eight to advance to the finals on Saturday. Raines (100m), Anglin (400m), Brandon McKissick (400m), Jenna Brazeal (800m) and Sullivan Sanders (110m hurdles) each placed above the necessary threshold and will finish with All-WAC honors on Saturday, regardless how the day turns out.
McKissick logged a fifth-place finish in the 400m preliminaries at 47.71 seconds. It’s the eight fastest 400m run in Tarleton history, just short of his personal best of 47.41 seconds.
Brazeal took eighth in the 800m preliminaries at 2:13.96, etching her name once again in the Tarleton record books, this time taking the third fastest 800m time ever in the purple and white. She already owns the record at 2:12.86.
Sanders came in seventh in the 110m hurdles preliminaries at 14.55 seconds, the seventh fastest mark in Tarleton history, very close to his personal best run at 14.44 seconds.
Brady Sisneroz and Konnor Hoerman also competed in the 110m hurdles preliminaries. Sisneroz finished 11th at 15.20 seconds, Hoerman 13th at 15.69 seconds. In the 100m hurdles preliminaries for the women, Rese Schoonover raced to a 15th place finish at 16.73 seconds.
Competing alongside Anglin and McKissick in the 400m preliminaries were Alessa King (12th, 56.90 seconds), Macie Evans (14th, 57.97 seconds), Brenna Lee (17th, 58.46 seconds), Bailey Smotek (18th, 50.49 seconds) and Zachary Martinez (20th, 50.78 seconds).
In the women’s 100m preliminaries, Breonna Campbell led Tarleton with a 12th place finish at 11.97 seconds. Hanna Dudley took 16th at 12.17 seconds, Summer Croxton finished 23rd at 12.38 seconds, and Danielle Thomas came in 29th at 12.63 seconds.
In Tarleton’s other field events, Ethan Bratton threw 48′ 1.25″ in the shot put to take 13th. Nakia Dunn led Tarleton in the women’s long jump at 17′ 6.25″ to take 14th. Kyndal Gladson (18th, 17′ 0″), Brianna Arline (22nd, 16′ 3″) and Paige Boucher (24th, 15′ 9.75″) also competed.
Saturday marks the final day of the WAC Outdoor Championships and the final day of Tarleton’s 2021-22 track and field season. Tarleton will participate in the men’s triple jump, women’s triple jump, men’s high jump, women’s high jump, men’s discus, women’s discus, men’s javelin, men’s 4x100m relay, women’s 4x100m relay, men’s 4x400m relay, women’s 4x400m relay, men’s 5,000m, plus the finals in the men’s 110m hurdles, men’s 400m hurdles, men’s 100m, men’s 200m, women’s 200m, men’s 400m, women’s 400m, women’s 800m.
The day begins at 12 p.m. CT with the men’s triple jump. The last event, the women’s 1600m relay, is scheduled to begin at 8:45 p.m. CT. Following that, the WAC will honor all seniors and hold its award ceremony.
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