T&F: Falda, Martinsson lead way at Texas A&M

Jan. 21, 2017

Final Results

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – For the second straight week, Helen Falda and Erik Martinsson led the way for the UTA women's and men's track teams, respectively, at the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational.

Falda established a new school record in the pole vault for the second time in her two collegiate meets. Last week, the freshman became the first Maverick female ever to top the 13-foot mark. On Saturday, she added four inches to her then-record height, clearing 13 feet, 8¼ inches (4.17m).

Falda earned second place in the event with her personal-best mark. Her clearance ranks tied for ninth nationally in 2017.

On the track, Martinsson was victorious in the 800 meters for the second time in as many weeks on the Texas A&M track. This time, the sophomore posted a clocking of 1:49.16, which is the third-fastest time in school history. The time ranks ninth in the NCAA so far this season.

Freshman Sara Lennman also had a stellar afternoon, as a two-event scorer in the throws for the Mavericks. She was fifth in the shot put (47 feet, 5¼ inches) and eighth in the weight throw (56 feet, 7½ inches). The shot put mark ranks third in school annals, while the weight throw is the second best in UTA history.



The Maverick men were strong again in the 60m hurdles, as Petter Gustafsson took the bronze in 8.06, while Victor Fincher claimed sixth (8.12). Gustaffson’s time ranks third all-time at UTA.

Additionally, two more women earned medal places in their respective events. Alexus Henry placed third in the high jump (5-8½), while Astrid Rosvall began her UTA career with a third-place showing in the mile (4:56.64).

A pair of men scored points in the 3000 meters, as Michael Guerrero crossed fifth (8:22.37), while Justin Domangue was eighth (8:37.37). In the women's event, Tori Shelton claimed eighth with a time of 10:08.29.

Other event scorers for the women were Tamerah Gorham in the 800 meters (6th, 2:16.17), Tricia Williams in the shot put (7th, 46-3½) and Valery Lavrusha in the high jump (5-5¼). For the men, Tarik Crear was seventh in the 200 meters with a clocking of 21.68. 

The women placed fifth among seven teams with 35 points, while placed seventh (29).

The Mavericks will return to action Friday and Saturday at the J.D. Martin Invitational in Norman, Okla.




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