Sprint to the top: Track ranked Nationally

Sprint to the top: Track ranked Nationally

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The Texas A&M University-Kingsville track and field team, both men and women, has recently jumped a few spots in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.

The women’s team jumped from No.31 to break the top 25 at No.22, while the men cracked the top 10 by going from No.15 to No.9 overall.

The Javelinas have come off with success in their most recent meet, which was held last week in Pennsylvania at the Pittsburgh State Invitational, at the Robert W. Plaster Center. Two Javelinas automatically qualified for NCAA nationals: Javier Lopez and Jordan Yamoah.

Lopez’s 7.79 minute time in the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries cinched his second consecutive automatic qualifying time. Yamoah, the former national champion, performed a vault of 16-11.5 (5.17m), giving the senior an automatic qualification to nationals.

Almost qualifying for another automatic bid to nationals was Jeron Robinson, who won the high jump with a jump of 7-0.5 (2.15m). Plasarae Johnson finished third in the women’s 60m dash with a time of (7.52), with her teammate Deana Richardson coming in sixth with a time of (7.62). Kaina Martinez also placed third in the 400m dash with a time of (56.01). Jamey Malvern finished fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of (8.16), and the defending national champion Lutalo Boyce in long jump finished sixth a jump of 22-11.20(6.99m). Valerie Vrana finished amongst the top 20 in shot put with the throw of 40-7.01 (12.37m).

The Javelinas will work to continue moving up in the polls and to remain surrounded by success when they return to the track on Feb. 12 at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information on the Javelina track and field teams, follow

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