T&F: UTA performs well at adidas Classic

Quentin Butler won a pair of events at the adidas Classic.
Jan. 31, 2015



FORT WORTH, Texas – The UT Arlington men’s and women’s track teams turned in some outstanding individual performances, some of which were among the best marks in school history, Saturday afternoon at Nebraska’s adidas Classic.

Among the highlights, Emil Blomberg had a runner-up finish in the mile with a time of 4:07.33. It was the second fastest clocking in program annals, just .31 off the school record set nearly 30 years ago. It also is the best in the Sun Belt by seven seconds.

For the men, Quentin Butler was a two-event winner for the Mavericks. He won the 200 meters in 21.39 after taking the long jump with a mark of 23 feet, 9 inches. His 200m time ranks third in the Sun Belt Conference this year, while the long jump mark is the league’s sixth best.

On the women’s side, UTA had an incredible three athletes top 12 feet in the pole vault. Noemie Forget, Madison Pecot and Julianne Burch all finished among the top five with clearances of 12-01.25. Pecot’s mark now puts her alongside Forget and Burch, who were already among the school’s all-time top five.

In addition, Ambria Tisdell set a school record in the weight throw with a mark of 54-08.25. The previous record of 53-03.50 had been held for nine years. She placed fourth in the event.

Eric Ojeda also made his mark after coming in third in the 3000 meters with a clocking of 8:23.25. It was the fifth fastest time in school annals.

In the women’s 4x400 meters, the group of Dasia Rolfe, Tamerah Gorham, Ashly Wright and Taylor Davis crossed in 3:46.32. It was the third fastest run ever at UTA and placed the squad third in the race.

Ashly Wright won the women’s 800 meters (2:12.39), while Tobi Fawehinmi won the men’s triple jump with a mark of 48 feet, 6 inches.

The women’s team showed its strength in the mile as Katelyn Hayward won the event in 4:58.45, ahead of teammate Gabriela Alfonzo, who was second (5:04.69).

Other top performances came in the men’s 200m as Tarik Crear finished third (21.84), while Cameron Newson snagged fourth (21.87). In addition, Hannah Nilsson claimed third in the 800m (2:15.88).

“We had some great performances from some athletes on both sides,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “We are still a ways from being ready, so it’s back to work Monday.”

The Mavericks are next in action Feb. 14 at Wichita State’s Varsity Apartments Invitational. It will be the final event prior to the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships (Feb. 23-24) in Birmingham, Ala. 


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