Texas State women win Sun Belt outdoor championship to complete triple crown

Photo by Donavan Jackson

Texas State Track & Field

With one event remaining, the Texas State women’s team had a Triple Crown within its grasp as the Bobcats got set into their block for the 4x400 meter-relay.

Texas State secured a first-place finish and edged out Arkansas State by one point, 139.5 to 138.5, with a 3:38.55 finish by Dawnshae Evans, Tramesha Hardy, Esther Oyetunde and Sydni Willis.

The Triple Crown includes championships in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field.

“(That finish) is one of those moments that you can’t explain,” said Jody Steward, director of track & field/cross country. “How hard it is to triple crown and to watch it happen. Those ladies wanted it and they fought hard. I give them so much credit. It was just a beautiful moment.”

The Bobcats also made a statement outside of the 4x400 with convincing performances in individual events. Hardy repeated as the 200 meter champion with a time of 22.95. Also on the podium was DeAijha Hicks-Boyce with a time of 23.79 to take home the bronze.

Hardy represented in the 100 meter as well and took the silver, posting a top-10 program time at 11.45. Hicks-Boyce picked up another bronze after crossing the finish line in 11.64.

Kylah Smith captured the gold in the 100 meter hurdles for Texas State when she crossed the finish line in 13.49, the fastest in the Sun Belt and fourth in program history. In the 400 meter hurdles, Willis added her name to the school record book with a time of 58.54. It was also the fastest in the finals to win the gold.

In total, the Texas State Women took home 11 medals - five gold, four silver and two bronze. The men finished as runner-ups for the second straight year with 131 points but had their share of medals as well. The Bobcat men ended the meet with 12 medals - four gold, four silver and four bronze.

“I told them coming outdoors that we wouldn’t be the frontrunners,” Stewart said. “We needed a lot of people to step up and we had people step up across the board. And that’s what it takes. I’m very proud everybody who’s a part of our program.”

Texas State moves onto the NCAA West Preliminary meet that takes place in Sacramento, California from May 24-26. Amid the celebration on Sunday, Stewart said the program is still hungry and looking to build on the success that has come from all the hard work.

“We’re just growing and getting better as a program,” Stewart said. “We still have work to do. This is year three for me and my staff. Year three with six championships but we’re still working across the board. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished but we know there’s still more left to do. We’re just going to keep working.”

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