Texans awarded 22 All-WAC honors across WAC Outdoor Championships

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SEATTLE – If the WAC Outdoor Championships were any indication on what to expect from the Tarleton track and field team in the future, everyone surrounding the program should be very excited.

The Texans capped off the third day of the largest meet, held on campus of the University of Washington at Husky Track in Seattle Thursday through Saturday. Tarleton competed in 21 events alone on the final day, much of them track finals after showing out in the preliminaries the first two days.

For their efforts over the biggest event put on inside the WAC’s outdoor season, Tarleton collected 22 total All-WAC awards, two All-WAC First Team and 20 All-WAC Second Team honors.

Jaden Hall took bronze in the men’s triple jump, on his way to one of two All-WAC First Team awards, by leaping 47′ 1.5″. It was his best jump of the season, and helped a 4-for-4 start to the day for the purple and white in making one of the All-WAC Teams.

Oscar Rodriguez followed up Hall’s performance with a bronze medal himself in the men’s discus, slinging it 170′ 6″. That’s the fifth longest toss in program history, and a season-best throw for the junior out of Del Rio, Texas. Ethan Bratton also participated in the event, earning a new personal record and placing 10th overall with a throw of 155′ 4″.  

Elena Reagan had the first event of the day for Tarleton and promptly took All-WAC Second Team honors in the women’s discus with a throw of 139′ 3″. It’s the fifth best throw in program history, plus a season-best attempt for the graduate student.

Next to set the tone for Tarleton on Saturday was Gentrye Munden, who placed seventh and earned All-WAC Second Team recognition in the women’s high jump by leaping 5′ 5.75″. It was a season-best attempt by the senior out of Cleburne.

Both of Tarleton’s 4x100m relay teams had themselves a day. The women’s team of Hanna Dudley, Breonna Campbell, Nyla Barlow and Summer Croxton took third after posting the third fastest time in program history at 46.12 seconds. The men’s team had the fastest time by the Texans in 20 years, the second fastest time in school history, racing to a 40.61-second finish, good for fourth place. The team consisted of Justin Raines, Reid Vincent, Mikel Stone and Brandon McKissick.

Raines, one of Tarleton’s most talented freshmen, not only helped the strong relay performance, but he also garnered two All-WAC Second Team appearances. His first was in the men’s 100m finals, taking seventh at 10.54 seconds. He had the same finish in the men’s 200m finals, finishing in 21.45 seconds.

Like Raines, Barlow, Campbell, Dudley, McKissick and Jordan Anglin showed out in multiple events. Campbell earned herself three All-WAC Second Team appearances, two individually. She took sixth in the women’s 100m finals with an 11.83-second run, the second fastest run in school history and a new personal record. She followed that up with a seventh place result in the women’s 200m finals at 24.49 seconds, the fourth fastest time by a Texan.

In that same race, Barlow turned in the third fastest time in program history at 24.34 seconds, good for fifth place and her own individual All-WAC Second Team honor. Barlow was also part of the 4x400m women’s relay team with Dudley, Anglin and Alessa King, setting a season-best time in the event at 3:48.74, good for sixth place.

Earlier, Anglin took All-WAC Second Team recognition in the women’s 400m finals with a run of 56.78 seconds, placing eighth.

McKissick was part of both relay teams on the men’s side, helping the Texans take fourth in the 4x400m with a time of 3:15.94 alongside Vincent, Bailey Smotek and Zachary Martinez. McKissick also earned All-WAC Second Team individual recognition in the men’s 400m finals, taking sixth place at 47.67 seconds.

Texan senior Sullivan Sanders posted the fifth fastest run in program history in the 110m hurdles at 14.39 seconds, 0.16 second better than his preliminary run, earning him sixth place and All-WAC Second Team honors.

Jenna Brazeal capped off her impressive season with All-WAC Second Team honors in the women’s 800m finals, taking eighth place at 2:17.27.

In the men’s 400m hurdles, a pair of Texans took All-WAC Second Team ranks, going back-to-back on the leaderboard. Brady Sisneroz took fifth at 54.19 seconds, while Joey Ortiz-Martinez finished sixth at 54.78 seconds.

To wrap up the track events, Kevin Baez competed in the men’s 5000m, taking 16th with a time of 14:57.83.

In the field events, Tarleton had two more All-WAC Second Team honorees on Saturday. Jamariyan Howlett tied for sixth in the men’s high jump with his leap of 6′ 6.75″, while Nakia Dunn finished seventh in the women’s triple jump at 38′ 2.25″, her second longest leap of the season.

In men’s javelin, Ben Presley led the Texans with a 10th-place finish, slinging the spear 164′ 5″.

Other field participants for Tarleton were Karleigh Hill in the women’s triple jump (35′ 7.75″, 16th), Maxon Newell in the men’s high jump (6′ 4.75″, 11th), Alan Palmer in the men’s high jump (6′ 4.75″, 12th) Kyler Seymore in the men’s high jump (6′ 0.75″, 13th), Aneudy Pimentel in the men’s javelin (153′ 0″, 12th) and Seymore in the men’s javelin (124′ 4″, 14th).

During the first two days, All-WAC Second Team awards went to Allison Robling (women’s pole vault, 10′ 11.75″, eighth), Palmer (men’s long jump, 24′ 1.5″, fourth), Elise Smith (women’s javelin, 143′ 0″, fourth) and Rodriguez (men’s hammer throw, 179′ 1″, fifth).

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