Raines repeats as WAC 60m Champion, Texans have three student-athletes earn medals


SPOKANE, Wash. – Tarleton track and field wrapped up the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships at The Podium on Saturday.

The Texan men placed seventh and the women placed 10th.

Sophomore Justin Raines defended his title in the 60m dash, improving yet again as he ran 6.60 seconds to earn gold and become the 2023 WAC 60m champion. The time was Raines’ best yet as he improved on his time from the previous day in the prelims, a then school record 6.65 seconds.

Raines also competed in the 60m hurdles, placing fourth running the race in 8.00 seconds.

Freshman Gabriele Tosti earned silver in the men’s triple jump, jumping 15.42m. The Seriate, Italy, native was just behind the first-place finisher Astley Davis from Southern Utah who jumped 15.47m. Junior Jaden Hall followed right behind Tosti earning bronze and placing third as he jumped 14.76m.

Freshman Ca’terrin Cox medaled in the 60m hurdles, running it in 7.98 seconds to place second. He was just two hundredths behind the second-place finisher.

The men’s 4x400m relay team of Canyun Staton, Brandon McKissick, Bailey Smotek and Brady Sisneroz broke a school record, placing second out of 10 teams and running it in 3:11.54.

In the women’s high jump, sophomores Rylee Hennig and Dora van Doremalen placed fourth and fifth respectively. Hennig, who placed third a season ago in the high jump, cleared 1.71m. van Doremalen, a Louisville transfer, cleared 1.68m.

Hanna Dudley competed in two events, the 60m dash and 200m dash. She placed sixth in the 60m dash, running it in 7.58 seconds. She placed eighth in the 200m dash with a time of 24.93 seconds.

Kevin Baez broke a school record in the men’s 3000m, running it in 8:27.83 and placing 11th. Junior Angel Contreras followed behind placing 17th with a time of 8:34.28.

The women’s 4x400m relay team of Jordan Anglin, Alessa King, Macie Evans and Brenna Lee placed sixth out of 12 squads competing, running 3:49.02.

Reid Vincent placed sixth in the 60m dash as the other Texan that qualified for the finals aside from Raines. He ran it in 6.78 seconds.

Bonnie Clifton managed a school record in the women’s weight throw as she hurled it 15.90m, breaking her own school record throw of 15.77m she set earlier this season.

Rounding out the men’s results, Ethan Bratton placed 11th in the men’s weight throw as he had a mark of 16.14m, good for second all-time in the school record book. Jamariyan Howlett cleared 1.97m in the men’s high jump to place ninth.

Karleigh Hill jumped 11.53m in the women’s triple jump for a ninth-place finish. Nakia Dunn followed behind Hill, placing 11th with a mark of 11.47m.

2023 WAC Men’s ITF Championship Team Scores

1.Grand Canyon139.5
2.Stephen F. Austin100
3.Southern Utah99
4.Utah Valley93
5.UT Arlington72.5
6.Abilene Christian68
8.Sam Houston21
9.Seattle U10

2023 WAC Women’s ITF Championship Team Scores

1.Stephen F. Austin99.5
2.NM State83
Sam Houston83
4.Grand Canyon82
5.Utah Valley81.5
6.Abilene Christian59
Southern Utah59
8.UT Arlington47
11.Seattle U6
12.Utah Tech4

2023 WAC Indoor Track & Field Championships Individual Awards
WAC Men’s Outstanding Track Performer: Habtamu Cheney, Utah Valley
WAC Women’s Outstanding Track Performer: Everlyn Kemboi, Utah Valley
WAC Men’s Outstanding Field Performers: Astley Davis, Southern Utah, Jordan Okyere, Grand Canyon
WAC Women’s Outstanding Field Performer: Michelle Ogbemudia, Stephen F. Austin
WAC Men’s Freshman of the Year: Astley Davis, Southern Utah
WAC Women’s Freshman of the Year: Jade Johnson, Sam Houston
WAC Men’s High Point Award: Habtamu Cheney, Utah Valley, Jordan Okyere, Grand Canyon
WAC Women’s High Point Award: Jhana Downie, NM State, Everlyn Kemboi, Utah Valley
WAC Men’s Coach of the Year: Tom Flood, Grand Canyon
WAC Women’s Coach of the Year: Robert Hansen, Stephen F. Austin

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