Barmettler, Smotek break school records as Texans flash potential at Corky Classic


LUBBOCK – Tarleton track and field wrapped up two days of competition at the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center this weekend as two student-athletes broke school records with plenty of other impressive performances to go around at the Corky Classic.

“We had some athletes have a solid weekend,” said head coach Clay Holland. “However, we have a long way to go to meet our true potential as a team. We will get back on track these next two weeks to be mentally and physically prepared so we will be in position to meet the standards we set for this team.”

Day 1: Friday, January 13

In the first event for Tarleton on Friday, the women’s pole vault, true freshman Sage Barmettler cleared 3.53 meters and broke the Tarleton indoor women’s pole vault record. The Danbury, Texas, native surpassed Sarah Vann’s mark of 3.52 meters in 2014. The mark was good for third place at the Corky Classic as Barmettler was the lone Texan to medal at the meet.

That record was followed by Bailey Smotek’s impressive performance in the 600-yard run. The junior Holland, Texas, native ran a 1:10.32 to place second in his heat, fourth in the event and overtake Cameron Krc’s previous best of 1:13.90 in 2015.

On the women’s side of the 600-yard run, sophomore Kailey Sykora led her heat from start to finish on the way to a 13th place finish (1:30.04). The run placed her second all-time in Tarleton’s record books for the women’s indoor 600-yard run.

Brandon McKissick ended the day with a fifth-place finish in the 400m dash, running it in 49.06 seconds. The Liberty Hill native is no stranger to success in the 400m dash as he earned All-WAC second team recognition in the 4x400m relay at the 2022 WAC Indoor Championships.

Senior Gentrye Munden cleared 1.70m in the women’s high jump to earn a fifth-place finish and slide into third place on the Texans all time indoor high jump list.

Sophomore Brenna Lee and senior Alessa King took second and third in their heat of the women’s 400m dash. Lee ran 59.74, good for a personal record while King ran 1:00.34. The duo placed 11th and 13th respectively.

Junior Brady Sisneroz secured personal records in the 400m dash and the 60m hurdles. In the 400m dash he ran 49.95 and was able to win his heat, ultimately placing 11th overall. He had a time of 8.56 in the 60m hurdles.

Graduate student Alan Palmer tied for fourth in the men’s high jump, clearing 2.02m.

Justin Raines placed 16th overall in the 200m, running 21.84 to pace the Texan men and overtake his previous 200m best of 21.87.

Freshman Canyun Staton won his 200m heat with a time of 21.95. He continued his early success, as he medaled in the 400m dash at the Crimson and Gold Invitational in December, running 49.16.

Day 2: Saturday, January 14

Reid Vincent and Raines were able to move on to the 60m dash semi-final after both ran a 6.84 in the prelims. Both improved on their times in the semi-final, with Vincent running 6.83 and Raines 6.80.

Sophomore Rese Schoonover moved on to the semi-final of the women’s 60m hurdles after running a 9.33 in the prelim. She also ran a 9.33 in the semi-final.

James McIntyre placed seventh in the men’s long jump with a mark of 6.77m.

Juniors Jaden Hall and Jordan Flores impressed in the triple jump as Hall jumped 14.42 for a sixth-place finish. The jump was good for second all-time in Tarleton’s indoor triple jump. Flores placed eighth with a mark of 14.37 and fell behind Hall at third all-time on the indoor triple jump.

Tarleton is back in action on January 26 as they open the Texas Tech Open and Multis in Lubbock.

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