T&F: Three Mavs take titles at Varsity Apartments Invitational
Feb. 1, 2014
WICHITA, Kan. - A trio of Mavericks picked up individual wins to highlight UT Arlington's stay at the Varsity Apartments Invitational on Saturday. The men (103 points) placed second among six teams, while the women (48) took fifth out of seven squads.
"We competed well," head coach John Sauerhage said. "We made more progress as we continue to get our teams ready for the Sun Belt Championships, and will get back to work again this week."
Ashly Wright, who had previously won the 800 meters at each of the team's first two meets, kept her individual victory streak alive with a triumph in the mile (5:08.97) on Saturday afternoon.
For the men, Brandon Waller enjoyed a standout meet. He won the long jump with a mark of 23 feet, 5 inches and also took third in the triple jump (46-11.75).
In addition, Clayton Vaughn claimed a win in the 60 meters for the second time in as many tries this year thanks to a time of 6.68 in the finals. He posted a season-best time of 6.66 in the prelims. It proved to be a 1-2 finish in the event for the Mavs, as Quentin Butler netted a personal-best 6.76 in his runner-up showing.
The Mavericks had three other runner-up finishers. On the men's side, Omar Barnes took second in the triple jump (47-05), while Christian Clark grabbed the silver spot in the 200 meters (22.23). For the women, Morgan Domingue placed second in the long jump (18-04.50).
Other field highlights from the weekend included: Roland Sales in the men's high jump (3rd, 6-11) and Charra Elliot in the women's high jump (4th, 5-6). On the track, Gabriela Alfonzo had a fourth-place effort in the 3000m (10:18.61), while Shae Johnson placed fourth in the pentathlon with a personal-best 3,364 points.
UTA is back in action next Saturday at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. It is the final meet of the year prior to the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 24-25 in Birmingham, Ala.