UST Track and Field gears up for the SCAC championships this weekend!
Install your spikes and hang your crossbars, UST Track and Field gears up for the SCAC championships this weekend! After a long season competing in various meets and setting numerous personal bests, the University of St. Thomas-Houston Celts are ready to make noise in the conference.
Men’s Track: Powered by Veteran Stars
At this point, Men’s Track has seen the vets take charge of the program. In their first year of NCAA Divison III, St. Thomas men have already ranked in both track and field.
In high jump, sophomore Matthew Hicks has cleared a height of 2.00m to lock in 3rd place currently. At just .02cm off from first place, Hicks will look to leap his way to the top. Then in the 400m dash, the Celts have two athletes in the top four. Bryce McIntyre is .11th of a second away from the first-place spot, and Eduardo Waller, at 49.22, is right behind him and is looking to secure his first medal as a Celt.
As for distance, two sophomore Celts are looking to lead. In the 3000 steeplechase, James Urbina ranks second in the SCAC with his time of 9:44.55. Then in the 5000m run both Urbina and Jhancarlos Carpio sit in the top five and are seconds within each other. Both of these runners will look to jump into the top three at the conference meet.
Women’s Track: Fueled by Freshman
This season, women’s track freshmen have made a splash, helping propel the team at various meets throughout the season. Leading the pack thus far has been Ebonee Nation, specifically for the 100m hurdles. Improving her time nearly every week, Nation has achieved SCAC Runner of the Week Honors twice. Her time of 14.92 sits atop the conference as she goes for the conference win this weekend. Also competing is freshman Trinity Provost in the 200m dash. Earning SCAC Runner of the Week Honors for the event, Provost’s time of 25.82 sits her atop the SCAC heading into the weekend. On the distance side, Karelann Skinner has improved her time every week in the 800m run. Currently at 2:26.87, Skinner and the Lady Celts look to jump into the ten at the conference.
Should the Celts perform and rank in the top 20 nationally for their event, an individual will be sent to the NCAA Meet. If a St. Thomas athlete qualifies, it would be the first time since the Celts officially joined the NCAA Division III this year.
For the full conference rankings prior to the meet, click here!
For more updates on the meet, be sure to follow ustcelts.com or head to Georgetown, Texas! Fans can also visit the championship website for more information.