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The J-TAC/Summer Edition
Nationals proved tough for track team
By Roderick Richardson
On May 20th of this year, the
Tarleton State University track
and field team sent 18 of its men
and women to British Columbia,
Canada for the NAIA Outdoor
Track & Field Championships.
Of those 18 athletes, seven
were women and eleven were
men, and each represented
Tarleton to the best of their ablil-
In that three day event,
Tarleton celebrated several high-
lighting moments, but also suf-
fered some falls that may help
them in the long run.
"I knew this national meet
would be tough for our young
runners," said Carl Pleasent, head
coach of Tarleton track. "We had
our good and bad
moments...We're proud of our
kids. They've done a fantastic
job, and we're looking forward to
some great things to happen next
Pleasent himself represented
the school by being given the
honor to work as a meet referee.
Pleasent's actions ,in his position,
set the dark tone for his team
when his first disqualifications
were two of his runners.
Some of the highlights of the
meet were the women's 1800-me-
ter relay team of Cannon Colon,
Audra Bierman, Stephinie Bacon,
and Patrina Roy. They finished in
fifth place and were clocked in
their best time, this season,
Joey Green, Tarleton's first de-
cathlete ever to qualify for the na-
tionals, finished in sixth place.
Green competed in 10 events and
finished with 6274 total points.
Mario Barajas finished 10th in
the marathon event, and freshmen
pole vaulter Kieth Gibbs finished
in ninth place. Gibbs also holds
the Tarleton school record in that
event from clearing 16' 1".
On the down side, in the men's
missed the cut by two strokes.
Tarleton's number one player,
Kyle Burns, finshed the touna-
ment 81-81—162, while Aaron
Watley ended up 78-81—159.
"There's some good teams
here," Johnson said. "Before the
tournament started the directors
figured that a 620 over the two
days would get a team in the cut
We shoot 612 and it wasn't good
behind to make the score 118-112.
They later tied the game to 122
each with three seconds remaining
in the game.
With Dallas having the last
possesion, Newton threw a Hail-
Mary pass from half-court to
Harper. With a lay-up right on
the buzzer, the Dallas Cowboy
Hoopers won the game by two.
1800-meter relay competitition,
anchorman Keith Taylor pulled a
hamstring during the race. This
year was the first time Tarleton
was not in the top six in that
event. The other runners on the
team were Jerrod Lemmons, Matt
Segelski, Chad Jones, and Kirk
In the 400-meter hurdles,
Lemmons, last year's third place
finisher, fell in the semi-final run.
The Tarleton men's and
women's track team once again
had a spectacular year. Be ex-
pected for them to have more in
the years to come.
Women's rodeo takes six in Nationals
By Roderick Richardson
Tarleton State has always been
known nationally for great rodeo.
This year Tarleton keeps hold of
that reputation when the women's
team took sixth place in College
National Finals in Bozeman,
Five TexAnns competed in the
rodeo event all together, and they
kept the Tarleton tradition alive
with their extraordinary talents.
Highlights of the national
competition were Carter
Edmondson taking third place in
calf roping. Edmondson's best
time of 32,7 seconds secured her
position in the top three.
Another TexAnn that excelled
in her event was Jamie Bean.
Bean finished the barrel racing
competition in fourth place.
The Tarleton women's rodeo
team achieved a total of 150
points. They were a distance sixth
place finisher as California State-
Fresno, the fifth place finisher,
was ahead of them a comfortable
48 point margin. Nonetheless,
Tarleton made an impressive per-
formance all around.
Other TexAnns representing
Tarleton were Schelli Walls, and
"We are very proud of them,"
said Randy Magers, director of
Rodeo Activities. "We expect to
be a lot better next year."
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Newsome talks sports from page 6
Wisdom Gymnasium was the site
of the inaugural NAIA Division II
Men's National Basketball
Tarleton's athletic future is
poised for possible great changes
beginning in January, 1994. TSU
has applied for membership in the
NCAA, the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (division II).
The vote on Tarleton's member-
ship will occur at the association's
annual convention in January in
San Antonio. If accepted for
membership in the NCAA, the
Tarleton Athletic Program will be
guaranteed a "step up" in level of
competition and of more wide
spread exposure for the athletic
teams and for the university.
A part of Tarleton's success in
athletics has been and will con-
tinue to be founded in the fact that
a large number of athletes repre-
sent the university in its various
sports. This concept will not
change with NCAA membership,
Tarleton coaches will continue to
"turn over huge numbers of rocks"
to find athletes who can and will
contribute positively to a winning
program. Students interested in
pursuing a college athletic career
in addition to their academic
careers should contact the head
coach of the particular sport or
sports in which they are
A large part of Tarleton's suc-
cess is also founded in the fact
that the program has had wide
spread acceptance by other
Tarleton students. The athletic
program provides members of the
student body an outlet for in-
volvement...a key to success in
college. In short, one does not
have to be an active participant in
athletics to enjoy the worthwhile
benefits of Tarleton's varied ath-
letic program, With those con-
cepts in mind, as director of
athletics I hope to see many of
you on the fields or courts as
participants in TSU's athletic
program or in the stands as
supporters of our athletic teams.
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