After stellar performances launched them into national recognition, members from both Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams qualified, and will represent Texas A&M University-Kingsville at the 2016 Indoor Track & Field Championships from March 11-12 at the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Among the Men who qualified, were familiar faces Lutalo Boyce, Michal Idziak, Kenneth Jackson, Javier Lopez, Jeron Robinson and Jordan Yamoah.
For the Women, Plaserae Johnson, Kaina Martinez and Deana Richardson will look to add to their already impressive resumes.
Robinson, who has won a national title in the high jump, obtained his fourth consecutive LSC title on Feb. 21. He etched his name into the all-time record books, taking the second spot in the all-time high jumps list in Division II.
Robinson was also awarded the LSC Field Athlete of the Year for the second time in his career.
Joining Robinson with four LSC championships also, were Yamoah in the pole volt, and Idziak in the 800m run.
Yamoah has two national championships of his own from 2013 and 2014, and his 17-2.75 (5.25m) height is currently the fourth best in the nation.
Idziak is currently the ninth fastest runner in division II, with a time of 1:49.90.
Already with gold in the 200m and 60m runs, Jackson will seek to improve on his already eighth best time in the nation of 21.39 in the 200m dash; which he was able to achieve at the Lone Star Conference Championships.
Finally, Lopez who achieved second in the 60m dash, will look to hopefully become second to none going forward into the National Championships, with his best time of 7.73.
As for the women, all three women may be responsible for making history in pursuit of national gold.
Johnson and Richardson will be sprinting for gold in the 60m run, or hope to place one and two at the national stage as they did in the LSC Championships.
Both runners currently sit within the top ten of the nation in Division II.
Richardson’s best time of 7.53 (tied for tenth) came out of the LSC Championships, as Johnson’s 7.48 (seventh in the country) came from the earlier part of the season at the Pittsburg State Invitational.
The team will rejoin in Kingsville on the 19th as TAMUK hosts the Cactus Cup
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