Bearkats set four school records, qualify two for NCAA Regionals at Last Chance Meet in Arkansas

(SID) – The Sam Houston State track and field teams competed in two meets this weekend and came away with four school records and two NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

The Bearkats sent a group to the Arkansas Last Chance Meet in Fayetteville to attempt to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Nationals next weekend. The rest of the team started the outdoor season in Laredo at the Border Olympics.

At the indoor meet, the m en’s 4×400, women’s 4×400, men’s 200, men’s pole vault set school records. Matt Adkisson has an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the pole vault (17-2.25). The men’s 4×400 relay also had a qualifying mark and currently stand 34th on the NCAA descending order list.

Matt Adkisson is 25th in the pole vault, Jessica Fisher is tied for 41st in the 60, and Jennie Sewell is tied for 24th in the women’s pole vault.

Michael Courtney broke the school record in the indoor 200 running 21.51 to finish 10th in the event. Lane Dennis also broke the old school record of 21.68 by Joey Foster, running 21.55 to finish 11th. Chris Edison finished 12th in the race in 21.80.

Both 4×400 relays had outstanding outings in setting new school records. The men’s team of Lane Dennis (49.2), Michael Courtney (46.4), John Thomas (48.4), and Chris Edison (46.8) finished second to TCU and beat Nebraska.

Their time crushed the old school record of 3:16.75 set at the recent Southland Conference Indoor Championships.

The women’s 4×400 of Tiffany Singleton, Ashley Casalini, Jessica Fisher, and Desiree Taylor finished third in 3:45.82

Freshman Jessica Fisher won the 60-meter and finished 4th in the 200 meter at the meet, but did not improve upon her best marks from the Southland Conference Championships.

At the Border Olympics in Laredo, the men’s team won five events and, set one school record.

Sophomore Kevin Houston won the 100 meter and 200 meter and freshman Chris Cralle won the hammer with a new school record of 54.76 meters. Freshman Morten Munkholm won the 1500-meter run.

Also winning for the Bearkats was the men’s 4×100 relay team of Kevin Houston, Dexter Cole, Jon Harris and Chris Davis.

The women’s team won two events and had their first NCAA Region qualifier as Jasmine Wyatt won the shot put with an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 47-7.75.

Karen Klintoe won the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet 10 inches.

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