Track breaks two school records

Two school records were broken by the men’s track team on the way to a ninth place finish last weekend at the Southwest Indoor Invitational, the final meet before the Southland Conference (SLC) Championships next weekend.Adrian Ray ran the 60-meter high hurdles in 8.10 seconds, breaking the school record he previously set by a tenth of a second, earning a fourth place finish.”Adrian Ray had the performance of the meet smashing his own school record in the 60 meter hurdles by a full tenth of a second,” said coach Greg Hinze.Brad Buegeler ran the 400- meter dash in 50.02 seconds, another school record.Courtney Boston finished strong for the Bearkats, claiming sixth place in the 200-meter dash and seventh in the 60-meter dash.”Courtney Boston had another good meet placing in both dashes, although he was a little disappointed because he wanted the school record in the 200-meter dash,” Hinze said.SHSU finished ahead of Northwestern State (10th), one of two SLC teams at the meet. Stephen F. Austin State placed eighth as a team at the event.The women placed ninth among a field of 15 teams, with the shot putters leading the Bearkats.Sharonda Haynes took second place with a throw of 46-11 1/4. Tenika Powell followed up with a 45-1 throw for fourth place, and Stacey Nicholson finished with an eighth place throw of 41-6 1/2.”Once again, the shot putters just keep getting better,” Hinze said. “I don’t know how many other ways to say this, but right now they are the strength of the women’s team.”While Precious Madison did not hit the mark in the long jump, she was able to recover in her sprints, claiming fourth place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.56 seconds and a season best 200-meter time of 25.78 seconds.”(She) fouled all three of her attempts in the long jump, but better this week than next,” Hinze said. “However, she came back and ran very well in the 60-meter and much better in the 200-meter dash.”The team finished behind SFA, which placed fourth, and Northwestern, which placed seventh, at the meet.Hinze said the teams’ finishes were deceiving because some athletes were not entered in their best events. Instead they competed in events that allowed them to do a little work and build speed without any injuries before conference.”But we got more than a little work in with two school records and plenty of season bests,” he said. This week the track and field teams are focusing on the conference championships, which will be held at the BLANK Complex in Houston, Texas, Feb. 15-16.Hinze said while he likes the quality of the team, it need more depth to compete in the conference championships.”If we have a good meet, people take care of their business and we don’t have a lot of things go wrong, we can be a factor,” Hinze said.

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