FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- The Wichita State Track & Field team continued to make history on day two of the Arkansas Spring Invitational.
Competing in her first meet as a Shocker, freshman, Mariah Garcia, shattered the Wichita State discus record with a throw of 175-7 to win the event.
Garcia beat her closest competition by nearly 13 feet and eclipsed the old Shocker record by nine feet. This throw ranks Garcia ninth in the nation in the discus throw.
Freshman, Tyson Holmes made his Shocker debut by placing third in the javelin throw by launching a 210-8 toss. Holmes’ throw ranks second in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2013. Teammate, Jon Rizzo took fifth in the event.
After competing at Arkansas just three weeks ago for the NCAA Indoor Championships, Tanya Friesen returned to the track and claimed second place in the women’s long jump with a leap of 19-11 ¾. The jump marked a new outdoor PR for the senior.
Friesen also cleared the bar at 5-5 in the high jump to earn a tie for second place. Newcomer, Ashley Petersen finished tied for fourth.
Returning All-MVC athlete, Courtney Reinke placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 39-4 ½. Reinke finished second in the event at the 2013 MVC Indoor Championships.
An All-conference 800m runner a year ago, Samantha Shukla started her 2013 outdoor season with a second place finish. Her time of 2:16.16 is less than a second off of her career best.
Natalie Morerod, won the 400m hurdles race with a time 1:00.07. Morerod won a MVC Championship and was an NCAA Second-Team All-American in the outdoor only event in 2012.
MVC Indoor 800m Champion, Ryan Hocker set a personal record in the seeded 800m at Arkansas with a time of 1:52.17. This performance earned Hocker fourth place.
Tomas Cotter finished second in the men’s seeded 1,500m run. The senior’s time of 3:50.78 bested all other college competitors in the event.
In two weeks, the Shockers will host their first home meet of the outdoor season, the K.T. Woodman Classic. The college portion of this meet takes place on April 12-13 at Cessna Stadium.
For tickets to this, and other Shocker home meets, contact the Shocker Ticket Office online here, by phone at 316-978-FANS (3267, or visit them in person at the southwest corner of Charles Koch Arena.