Nationally ranked Gabriele Tosti wins gold, Texans thrive at 2024 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Texans finished with multiple top-10 finishes at the 2024 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships that was hosted at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Gabriele Tosti continued to dominate the indoor season, this time taking gold in the Indoor Men’s Triple Jump and setting the school record. He secured the win with a jump of 16.03 meters beating out Southern Utah’s Astley Davis who fell just short at 16.02 meters. Tosti now ranks nationally in the Indoor Men’s Triple Jump sitting at 10th in the nation.

The Texans men’s team took sixth place as a team with 52 points, setting one school record. The women finished tied-seventh with 45 points and set four school records.

“I am so proud of both of these teams,” said interim head coach Chase Rathke. “We had a lot of good things happen the last two days and they battled their hearts out. Even though we are down some of our top athletes, the ones who competed made no excuses and left it all out there. This team came together so much these last few days and the support they showed one another was amazing to watch. There were so many highlights over the weekend from Hannah Cade almost winning the women’s Pole Vault as a true freshman, to both Distance Medley Relays finishing second [Men’s] and third [Women’s] both school records, Jordan Flores with an amazing last jump and PR in long jump, to our two shot putters Mason [Hill] and Ethan [Bratton] scoring big points we weren’t supposed to have. Then to end it, we had both 4x4s run season-best times, with the women shattering the school record by over four seconds and finishing third. I am excited to carry this momentum into outdoor and get back to work.”


Cade once again set the school record for the Indoor Women’s Pole Vault. She posted a vault of 3.88 meters beating her previous record of 3.85 meters and taking home silver from Albuquerque.

Sofia DeGroot took fourth place in the Indoor Women’s Triple Jump with a leap of 12.33 meters. She still holds second all-time in school history beating her previous mark of 12.10 meters. Only Euphemia Eden (2015) stands in front of her with the school record at 12.66 meters.

Rylee Henning tied the school record for the Indoor Women’s High Jump after jumping 1.74 meters. She tied current Texan and teammate Jordan Rae (2023). Jourdaine Cerenil moved to second all-time in school history behind Hennig and Rae posting a jump of 1.71 meters.

Flores moved to third all-time in school history in the Indoor Men’s Long Jump taking the spot from current long jumper Tosti. Flores jumped 7.19 meters winning fifth place in Albuquerque and now only sits behind Alan Palmer (2022, 7.44m) and Reid Vincent (2023, 7.29m).

Tosti finished eighth at the Indoor Championships and sits at fourth in school history. He turned in a jump of 7.03 meters.

DeGroot took fifth in the Indoor Women’s Long Jump with a jump of 5.78 meters beating her previous best of 5.77 meters. She still holds third all-time in school history for the event.

Davi Torres placed sixth in the Indoor Men’s High Jump with a mark of 1.95 meters.

A pair of Texans took back-to-back places in the Indoor Men’s Shot Put. Hill took sixth place with a throw of 15.61 meters moving him into third all-time in school history. Bratton followed closely behind with a toss of 15.56 meters and moved him to fourth all-time in school history.

Rounding out the field events is Jaden Hall and Flores who took sixth and seventh in the Indoor Men’s Triple Jump. Hall and Flores both leaped 14.84 meters with Hall taking sixth and Flores taking seventh.


The Indoor Men’s 4000 meter Distance Medley Relay team consisting of Kevin Baez, Brady Sisneroz, Bailey Smotek and Angel Contreas took home silver after posting a time of 10:03.18.

On the flip side, the Indoor Women’s 4000 meter Distance Medley Relay team consisting of Morgan Lamberson, Alessa King, Kailey Sykora and Sage Lancaster also took home to hardware earning bronze following the time of 12:12.36.

Sticking on the women’s relay side of things, the Texans once again took home bronze. Amandine Estival, Aaliyah Refort-Delem, King and Taylor McFarland set the school record for the Indoor Women’s 4×4 after posting their time of 3:44.47. The previous 4×4 record was 3:47.78 and was set in 2022.

Tarleton State had two student-athletes place in the Indoor Men’s 60 meter Hurdles in Konnor Hoerman and Catterin Cox. Hoerman ran an eight flat (8.00) taking fourth place while his teammate Cox turned in a time of 8.25, taking seventh. Hoerman is now tied for third in school history with Justin Raines (2023) after shaving off .03 that previously had him fourth all-time.

The winning pairs continued for the Texans as Refort-Delem and McFarland placed fourth and seventh in the Indoor Women’s 400 meter dash. Refort-Delem set the school record posting her time of 55.68. She took the record from Kylee Ponder (2020) whose mark was 55.93. McFarland placed seventh as she ran a 57.08.

David Mvundera placed fifth in the Indoor Men’s 200 meter dash following his 21.62 time. Mvundera already holds the school record with a time of 21.42.

The final relay team to place for the Texans was the Indoor Men’s 4×4 team consisting of Canyun Staton, Hugo Menin, Smotek and Vincent. They took home sixth place after turning in their time of 3:13.96. This moves the squad into second in school history behind the record mark of 3:13.03 that was set in 2020.

The final two Texans who took places in the 2024 WAC Indoor Championships was Vincent and Brya Davis.

Vincent turned in a time of 6.800 falling out of a top-five finish by just 0.002 in the Indoor Men’s 60 meter Dash.

Davis finished eighth in the Indoor Women’s 60 meter dash following her time of 7.61.

The 2024 WAC Indoor Championships wrapped up the indoor season for the Texans and they will open the outdoor season on March 7 at UT Arlington for the UTA Invite. The meet with be a one-day event at Maverick Stadium.

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