The 2010 track and field season started off with a bang for both the men and women, with various school records being set. The teams traveled to the Incarnate Word Invitational in San Antonio to face stiff competition against Division 2 schools Incarnate Word, Angelo State, and Tarleton State. Other schools that showed up to the meet included Trinity, Lon Morris, University of Dallas, Concordia, Sul Ross, and Texas Lutheran.
The day started off with the distance medley relay (DMR). The men took forth with a time of 10:56.43 behind a team that included Daniel Rudd, Avery Sheppard, Addison English, and Allen Smith. The women took fifth behind a team that included Tami Warner, Jillian Curran, Laura Kromann, and Christina Hadly. The DMR is not a common event in outdoor meets, but meet officials decided to include this event to “raise excitement in the stadium”. Since the team has never run this event before, school records were established for both the men and women.
Matt Wladyka set a school record in the shot put with a throw of 8.23m, finishing 15th. The men’s sprint medley relay (SMR) set a school record as well, taking fourth with a time of 1:44.53.
The men’s 5k proved to be an exciting race, with two runners breaking the previous school record of 16:06. Rudd and Sam Martinez ran 15:45 and 15:46, respectively, to finish 9th and 10th. Zach Freeland and transfer Stephen Fuentes ran 16:14 and 16:15, respectively. Both times were personal records.
“We all ran great times and we are really progressing as a group,” Freeland said. “I’m really excited to see what we can do this season.”
Both the men and women will next compete at the Tarleton Relays on March 11 in Stephenville.
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