This past weekend the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Track & Field Team competed at the 2015 Lone Star Conference Indoor Championship Meet in Lubbock going up against a strong conference.
Both men and women were able to capture a third place finish from both sides with the men recording a total of 124 points and the women with a total of 102 points.
“I think we had a very good conference championship meet. We were third for both (men and women). Obviously we want to win every time , but I don’t know if we could have done any better. We were still third which has been the highest our women have ever been,” said head coach Ryan Dall.
Qualifying for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championship Meet for the men are Michal Idziak in the 800-meter run, Lutalo Boyce for the long jump, Jeron Robinson in the high jump, Jordan Yamoah for the pole vault and Francisco Javier Lopez in the 60-meter hurdles.
“We’re excited to get the seven people to nationals indoor and it is always tough for us because we don’t do many meets and we are kind of at a disadvantage there in terms of trying to get to nationals because you qualify by performance,” Dall said.
400-meter specialist Amber Perry recorded a school record at the LSC meet finishing with a time of 54.95 to take the gold medal and is now headed to nationals for the second time in the event.
“It’s the same for Amber as it is for Michal, just try to get into the finals, become an All-American. Amber missed it last year as she finished in ninth place so she was upset about that and I’m sure she is gunning to get into the finals this year and earn the certificate to become an All-American in the 400,” Dall said.
A transfer from New York, Boyce set the LSC record with a jump of 25’7.25” which is ranked among the best in the NCAA. She expects to be a tough competitor for a national title.
“He is a great competitor, he always wants to win so I know the competition will spur him on.
Definitely expect a great performance from and I’m sure he is excited for this meet.,” Dall said. I think he is ready to go to Alabama and have a strong meet.”
Robinson and Yamoah are expected to repeat as national champions with Robinson who became national champion his freshman year and finished runner-up as a sophomore. He is looking for redemption as a junior. He took the gold at the LSC meet but his best jump leads the LSC with a height of 7’2.5”.
“When Jeron goes out there to compete, he always gives it his best and that is what I like to see from all of our athletes but I’m glad he was able to repeat as the LSC champion and is definitely ready for nationals,” Dall said.
The indoor season is coming to a close.
Once the national meet is complete they have to continue to get prepared for a long, tough outdoor season where the coach has added a couple of meets that were not on the schedule of last year.
“We just want to be healthy through the season, keep everybody training consistently.
That’s the most important thing; we do go up against a very high level of competition and we just got to be prepared to perform to the best of our abilities when the meets come up and take it one meet at a time,” Dall said.
“We always look forward to the conference and national outdoor because those are the most important, I know we will definitely have a shot to finish at the top and be a strong competitive team come conference and nationals.”
The Javelinas are getting set for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championship Meet that will be taking place in Birmingham, Alabama on March 14 and March 15.
The outdoor season will be underway as well with their first meet to be held in Corpus Christi on March 14.