T&F: Mavericks perform well in return to action in Houston

Tamerah Gorham placed third in the 800 meters at the Houston Invitational.
Jan. 30, 2016

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By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

HOUSTON -- The UT Arlington men's and women's track teams continued their indoor seasons Saturday with strong performances against a large field of college and unattached athletes at the Houston Invitational.

"The competition was very good, so it was a really good opportunity for us," UTA coach John Sauerhage. "We got a lot of reps in. We'll take the good and the bad and be ready to roll. I think we're set up to take giant steps forward."

Newcomers led the way for the UTA men in Houston. D'Undre Mitchell claimed the lone individual title, winning the 200 meters with a clocking of 22.27. He also placed fifth in the 400m with a time of 50.16.

Meanwhile, Erik Martinsson was the runner up in the 400 meters (49.67) and Joel Duren was second in the mile (4:15.25).

The other first-place finish by the Mavericks came courtesy of the men's 4x400m relay team with a time of 3:18.85. Mitchell and Martinsson were members of the squad, along with De'Vion Simpson and Styron Williams.

Among the veterans, Roland Sales was the runner up in the high jump after he cleared 6 feet, 10 ¾ inches. Tobi Fawehinmi was third with a strong mark in the triple jump (49 feet, 11 ¾ inches). On the track, Michael Guerrero placed fourth in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:34.82.

For the women's mid-distance crew, Tamerah Gorham placed third in the 800 meters (2:16.05), while reammate Gabriela Alfonzo placed seventh in the mile with a run of 5:00.88.

Another highlight came from Poschea Wilson, who advanced through the prelims and semifinals to finish eighth in the finals of the 60m hurdles (8.74).

In the field, Alexus Henry took fourth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 7 inches. Tricia Williams came in fifth in the shot put with a mark of 45 feet, 4 ½ inches.

Second Time Out
UT Arlington was competing for the just second time this year after taking last week off from competition. It was a tough two weeks of training for the Mavericks. Including this weekend, it will be three straight weeks of meets for UTA to close out the regular season.

Life on the Flat Lanes
UT Arlington was competing on a flat 200m track for the first time in more than a year. Times on an indoor flat 200m track are typically slower than on a banked track.

What's Up Next
UTA will return to College Station, Texas, to compete in the Charlie Thomas Invitational on Friday and Saturday.




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