Team gets off track at Relays

The track team ran into a brick wall last weekend at the Texas Relays, placing only four athletes in the top 10.”We picked a bad time to not have a particularly good meet,” said coach Greg Hinze. “Last year at this time, we were extremely pleased with our performance at Texas Relays, but that was last year.” The biggest feat of the meet was a record-breaking performance by the women’s Distance Medley runners Jennifer Engelbrink, Chenequa Parham, Kelli Alexander, and Casey Jones, who ran a 12:31.17, breaking the school record.”Jennifer Engelbrink ran a great lead-off leg for us on the women’s Distance Medley Relay and put us in great position,” Hinze said. Three women placed in field events, with Sharonda Haynes leading the group with a 45’8″ shot put throw that placed fifth. Erica Balderson followed her lead by accumulating 4,648 points in the heptathlon for eighth place, and Precious Madison went the distance in the long jump, hitting the 19’4″ mark to place ninth.Joe Amburn was the only member of the men’s track team to place. Amburn placed eighth in the1,500-meter with a 3:54.02.Adrian Ray’s 14.48 in the 110-meter hurdles was his season best.”Even though this is a big meet, I’d rather have a bad meet now than a month from now at the conference championship,” Hinze said.The team will head to the Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday for its next meet.

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