Texas State University sprinter Jaylen Allen dies in car crash

Sierra Martin | Managing Editor

SAN MARCOS — A senior sprinter for the Texas State track and field team, Jaylen Allen, died Tuesday morning after a car crash, Texas State Athletics announced.

“I have shared the news about Jaylen with the team. We will stand together and support one another during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and condolences are with Jaylen’s family and loved ones,” said Jody Stewart, Director of Track and Field & Cross Country at Texas Statet in a release.

Allen had a successful career in athletics at Texas State, and was one of the top seven 200-meter sprinters in Texas. Allen had just posted a career-best time at the 2021 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships of 46.44 seconds in the 400-meter dash. Allen had won the Sun Belt Conference championship five times overall. 

“Our deepest sympathies go to Jaylen’s family and loved ones, including his teammates and coaches. I know that this is very difficult news,” Texas State Senior Associate Athletics Director Don Coryell said in a statement. “I want to thank the professionals in our Texas State Counseling Center for making themselves available to our student-athletes. We hope our student-athletes will find comfort in their friends and family and take advantage of the counseling that we have at Texas State.” 

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