Southeastern sprints past competition

The men’s and women’s Southeastern track teams competed in two meets this past weekend, one of them hosted by Texas State in San Marcos, Texas, and the other was held in Austin for the Texas Relays.

The Texas Relays are one of the most prestigious meets to attend, and currently the second largest meet in the United States.  Up to 50,000 spectators attended the meets to watch, on average, 5,000 athletes compete over the course of three days. The meet includes both Divisions of high school, 1-A through 5-A, is open to Division one, two and three colleges, the junior college level and international colleges.

Starting off in the Texas Relays was junior Jonathan Kinchen, who placed second in the hammer throw and tied for his personal best at the relays; another junior, Alex Young, placed 14th with both athletes throwing the hammer 211 ft. 10 in. and 188 ft. 9 in. respectively.  

First timer at the Relays was junior Collin Rowland, who placed sixth in the men’s javelin. For his third attempt, he threw for 203 feet, 4 in.  

Junior Christian Chapman competed in the preliminary (first) round of the 400 meter hurdles and came out at 71st, running 56.48 seconds. 

Brett Olsen threw the discus for 174 meters to place 12th.  

In San Marcos, Kinchen and Young threw 210 ft. 0.07 in and 209 ft. 3.4 in respectively.

Not lacking her good consistency, Misha Frazier threw 157 ft. 5.3 in. for the women’s hammer throw and for the running events, Ashley Riley grabbed second in the men’s 400-meter dash running 47.89 seconds.

In jumps, Gennard Paul placed second in the high jump with two meters, while Kadarius Williams jumped a distance of 1.95 meters, putting himself in seventh place. Williams also ran a personal best in the 100 meter dash with a record of 10.97 seconds.  DJ Woodard and Andre Colbrook ran 53.75 seconds and 53.79 seconds placing fifth and sixth in the 400 meter hurdles.  

On the final day of the Bobcat invitational in San Marcos, the men’s 4×400 meter relay team claimed first place with runners Colbrook, Raheem Brown, Billy Minnifield and Riley; their merged time was 3:12.51. 

In the men’s 200-meter dash, Brown placed third with a season best of 21.21 while Ken Breland ran his personal best time of 21.92 seconds.

Colbrook also took a fourth place finish in the men’s 800.  He ran 1.53.48. All the while, Chapman made another top 10 finishes in the men’s 110-meter hurdles after running 15.91.

This weekend the teams will compete at Louisiana State University.

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