After back-to-back weeks of traveling across the state of Texas, The West Texas A&M men’s and women’s track & field programs will host the WT Classic & Multi on Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, at the WTAMU Track & Field Complex. WT returns to action after competing in both the Texas Relays and Bobcat Invitational last weekend. The Buff and Lady Buffs combined for 13 provisional qualifiers, three school records and two victories.
The WT Classic & Multi is scheduled to start on Friday, April 8, at 3:00 p.m. with the men’s decathlon followed by the start of the women’s heptathlon at 3:30 p.m. Running events will start at 8:00 p.m. that evening. A full schedule of events can be found at Meet Central on both the men’s and women’s track & field pages on GoBuffsGo.com.
“We are excited to host a meet this weekend,” head coach Darren Flowers said. “It is another great opportunity for our athletes to go out and perform at a high level but this time it will be in front of friends and family. I encourage everyone to make an effort to come and see what WT track is all about.”
THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE
Rellie Kaputin likes to break things. Not her neighbor’s window. Nor the bones in her body but rather records on the track. She broke a school record for the second consecutive week, this time in the triple jump. Her mark of 12.63 meters is not only the top mark in WT history but also leads the nation by more than a foot. She also became the first person not named Libby Strickland to put her name on the top ten list in the high jump with a clearance of 1.66 meters at the Texas Relays. Entering last weekend, Strickland owned all ten marks in the high jump in both indoor and outdoor seasons.
THROWERS TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
WT throwers had an excellent weekend with four provisional marks and one school record. Zach Weatherly picked up a provisional mark in the shot put with his throw of 17.10 meters at the Bobcat Invitational. That is the ninth-best throw in the nation this season. He also picked up a provisional mark in the discus along with teammate Duke Kicinski. The mark of 54.13 meters from Kicinski was nearly an automatic qualifier and puts him eighth in the nation. The Lady Buffs wouldn’t be out done as both Norma Cunigan and Courtney Head had a great weekend. Cunigan’s toss of 14.02 meters in the shot put was a seasonal best and ranks her 12th in the nation. Head broke Holly Cunigan’s school record in the weight throw with her mark of 45.95 meters.
CAMERON EARNS LSC RECOGNITION
Shanice Cameron wants to be one of the best in the nation. The Bronx, NY native made a statement this weekend running 24.24 in the 200 meters and anchoring the 4×100 that ran 45.99. Her performance didn’t go unnoticed as she was named the Lone Star Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week on Wednesday afternoon. It is the first time in her career that she has received that honor and only second Lady Buff to earn LSC recognition during the outdoor season.
GOING UP IN A HURRY
The No. 7 Lady Buffs made one of the biggest leap of any team in that nation this past week moving up 12 spots in the latest USTFCCCA rankings. WT entered last weekend ranked 19th but improved on that ranking thanks to eight provisional qualifying marks including four in the top 10. This is the second year in a row that the Lady Buffs have garnered a top 10 ranking during the season after reaching as high as sixth last year. The Buffs enter the rankings for the first time this season at No. 19. The men’s team picked up five more provisional marks over the weekend to bring their total to nine for the season.
LONE STAR DOMINANCE
The Lone Star Conference could be considered one of the toughest conferences in all of Division II. The LSC is second in the nation with a combined eight teams in the latest USTFCCCA rankings including five in the top 10. The top four teams in the South Central Region according to the USTFCCCA Regional Team Index are from the LSC including WT coming in at second in the women’s and fourth in the men’s.
A LOOK AHEAD
WT will split up again next week with athletes competing in California and Lubbock, Texas. The Buffs and Lady Buffs will have athletes competing at the Mt. Sac Relays, Beach Invitational and Brian Clay Invitational starting on Thursday, April. 14. The other half of the team will compete at the Red Raider Outdoor Open on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16.