Texas State track star Jaylen Allen dies in car crash

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Texas state senior sprinter Jaylen Allen died in a car crash Tuesday morning, the university said.

“Our Texas State University track team is deeply saddened by the passing of our team member and friend Jaylen Allen. I shared Jaylen’s news with the team, ”Athletics / Cross Country Director Jody Stewart said in a statement. “We will remain united and support each other during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Jaylen’s family and loved ones.

Allen was a letterter for four years with the Bobcats. He won five Sun Belt Championships in his 400-meter career, including a gold medal in the 2021 conference meet with a personal best 46.44 seconds. The win saw Allen advance to the NCAA Division I Western Preliminary Round at College Station, where he played his final race with the Bobcats on May 26.

The Allen, Texas native also received honorable mention at the 2018 NCAA Championships as a member of the Brown and Gold 4×100-meter relay team.

“Jaylen was an incredible person and his sudden death will be felt throughout the college community,” said Don Coryell, senior associate executive director of athletics. “Our deepest condolences go out to Jaylen’s family and loved ones, including his teammates and coaches. I know this is very difficult news. I would like to thank the professionals at our Texas State Counseling Center for making themselves available to our student-athletes. We hope our student-athletes find solace in their friends and family and take advantage of the counseling center resources we have in Texas State. “

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