Hugo Menin tabbed Men’s WAC Track Athlete of the Week


STEPHENVILLE – Hugo Menin earned Tarleton State’s first WAC weekly honor, being named the Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, the league office announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Menin broke the program record in the 400-meter hurdles at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas last weekend, a record that stood for 12 years.

Menin stole the show on Friday night shattering his old best time by over a second to set the new Tarleton program record in the 400-meter hurdles in 51.46 seconds. He placed fourth behind three non-collegiate athletes. He surpassed Jeff Smith who previously held the record for his best time of 51.82 which was set in 2012.

The France native bested his personal record in each of the first three outdoor meets this season. He posted a 52.84 time at the Littelfield Texas Relays, to push himself to sixth on the program bests list in the 400 hurdles at the end of March. Two weeks later he beat his time by .05 seconds at the Joe Gillespie Invitational to remain with the sixth best performance.

Last year at the France U-23 Championship, Menin took home the gold in the 400-meter hurdles. His lightning time of 50.20 would have ranked just outside the top 20 in the NCAA last season, the best of any athlete not competing in a Power Five Conference.

Both the men’s and women’s squads will be back in action this weekend heading to the Corky/Crofoot Shootout hosted by Texas Tech at Fuller Track and Field. The two-day event will be the Texans final regular season meet before the WAC Outdoor Championships on May 9-11 in Orem, UT.

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