The track and field team put together a successful weekend at the David Noble Angelo State Relays and the Baylor Invitational, sneaking its way into 13 top-five finishes.
Junior Kai Schmidt headlined the weekend placing first in the shot put (17.59m) and discus (55.64m) in the Baylor Invitational.
Schmidt said the wins were a big confidence booster.
“Winning is always fun, no doubt. But the main reason we came to Baylor was to get that competition in to see if we can execute the changes we made,” Schmidt said. “For me personally the meet was meant to be to build up confidence in my technique and the win is just a nice little extra to it.”
Schmidt wasn’t the only Wildcat thrower that impressed as Junior Kayla Melgar took second in the discus (50.34m) and fourth in the shot put (13.97m). Her teammate Junior Lonnie Smith finished right behind her in the discus with a throw of 50.02m.
Junior Ryan Simmons set a personal best in the discus with a throw of 54.11m. He also finished third in the hammer throw at 48.29m and sixth in the javelin at 49.34m.
The Wildcats will next travel to San Antonio for the University of the Incarnate Word Invitational this upcoming Friday.
“It will be a good competition to see where everybody is at and where we need to be so that we can make improvements during the next few weeks in order to be ready for conference,” Schmidt said. “I am really thrilled to see what this team is capable of.”
The meet will last all day Friday and will last through Saturday.