COLLEGE STATION, Texas – A trio of Mavericks were crowned individual champions at the Texas A&M Team Invitational, highlighting the first meet of the 2015 calendar year for UT Arlington’s men’s and women’s track teams.
The men placed fourth out of nine teams with 76 points, while the women finished fifth among the same number of schools with 53 points. Texas A&M won the men’s team title, while Baylor claimed the women’s crown.
On the women’s side, Gabriela Alfonzo was victorious in the 3000 meters with a clocking of 9:57.26. It was a personal best by nearly half a second, and ranks as the fourth-fastest time in school annals.
For the men, Michael Guerrero won the 5000 meters in a Friday night event with a time of 14:56.67. He edged runner-up teammate Eric Ojeda (15:02.76) in the race.
In the field, Roland Sales tied for first in the high jump (2.07m, 6-09.50 inches). It was his second win in as many competitions this season.
Another impressive performance came from Quentin Butler in the 60 meters. His time of 6.71, which was good for fourth place, is the fourth-best clocking in school history.
Also cracking the school’s all-time top five was Noemie Forget, who finished sixth in the women’s pole vault (3.80m, 12-05.50). Her indoor personal best was the second-best jump in school history.
Also for the women, Chineme Obikudu grabbed third in the triple jump (12.04m, 39-06.00). She narrowly missed out on a top-5 all-time school mark.
In addition to Alfonzo’s win, UTA’s women’s distance crew showed its depth. In the mile run, Hannah Nilsson was the runner up with a time of 5:01.43, while Ashly Wright was fourth (5:02.69). Meanwhile, Katelyn Hayward finished third in the 3000m (10:04.65).
The men’s distance runners also performed well. Emil Blomberg finished third in the 800 meters (1:52.97), while Craig Lautenslager took the bronze in the 3000m (8:30.98).
In the jumps, Kailey Bostic placed fourth in the women’s long jump (5.64m, 18-06.00), while Tobi Fawehinmi was the runner up in the men’s triple jump (14.70m, 48-02.75).
"It was an eye-opening experience," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We have a lot of work to do, but we got some of our rust off today. We're looking forward to getting back to practice, and we will be ready to go again in two weeks."
UTA is next in action at the Mark Colligan Memorial on Saturday, Jan. 31, in Lincoln, Neb.
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