STEPHENVILLE, Texas – Tarleton track and field has one indoor meet under its belt thus far in the season, but to the student athletes and head coach Clay Holland, the Corky Classic is where it all begins.
The Texans will travel to Lubbock to compete in the Corky Classic on Friday and Saturday, hosted by Texas Tech in the Texas Tech Sports Performance Center. The meet will be streamed on ESPN+ and is named after former Texas Tech head men’s track and field coach Corky Oglesby.
“We performed well in December at Pittsburg State, but we are together fully as a team now and this meet will show how committed the student-athletes were to their craft over the holiday break,” said Holland. “We are heading into this meet rather quickly as we have only been together as a team for this week, so this meet will give us a good look on where we stand and what we need to work on.”
The Texans ran at the Corky Classic last season on January 14 and 15 and had plenty of success. Then freshman Rylee Hennig cleared 5’7″ (1.70m) in the high jump for a third-place finish and at the time the best indoor jump in school history. Alan Palmer secured a third-place finish in the long jump with a jump of 23’10.25″ while Kevin Baez placed third in the mile with a time of 4:20.63.
“The facility they have is top notch,” said Holland. “It provides the student-athletes with plenty of warmup area to be fully prepared for their events and the surface is great.”
Texan fans can expect to see the reigning 2022 WAC indoor 60-meter champion and All-WAC first team member Justin Raines race in the 60 and 200-meter dash.
Hennig will compete in the high jump at the Corky Classic. She jumped 5′ 7.75″ in the same event to place third and garner All-WAC first team honors at the 2022 WAC Indoor Championships.
Nyla Barlow will race in the 200-meter, 60-meter and 4×4 relay. Last season Barlow broke Tarleton’s indoor school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.53 at the 2022 WAC Indoor Championships.
The meet will be the first of three straight the Texans will compete at that are hosted by Texas Tech. They follow up the Corky Classic with the Texas Tech Open & Multis on Jan. 26-28 and then will return to Lubbock for the Jarvis Scott Open on Feb. 10-11.
Updates can be found on @TarletonXCTrack Twitter and Instagram pages. Fans can also watch the meet live on ESPN+.
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