Feb. 6, 2016
By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - UT Arlington senior Roland Sales smashed the school record and posted a top-5 national mark while winning the men's high jump title at the Charlie Thomas Invitational on Saturday.
Sales cleared 7 feet, 2 1/2 inches, to topple the previous mark, which he shared with Marcus Swiat, by 1 1/2 inches. It is the highest clearance, indoor or outdoor, in the event in school history. In addition, his mark is tied for the fourth best in the nation this year.
It was the second straight day that the Mavericks set a school high jump record. On Friday, as part of the pentathlon, freshman Alexus Henry broke the women's mark by clearing 5 feet, 10 inches. The previous standard (5 feet 9 1/2 inches) had stood since 1988, and was the Mavericks' second-oldest record.
As a team, the men placed fifth among 11 teams with 52.5 points, while the women took ninth out of 12 teams (30.2 points). The field consisted of some of the nation's elite programs, including two top-10 men's teams and three top-20 women's teams.
"We competed well at a very challenging meet," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We had a number of individuals rise to the occasion against tremendous competition in every event."
Christian Schiemann placed fifth among 15 contenders in the heptathlon with 5,157 points. His total ranks as the third-best sum in school history. It was more than 100 points higher than his personal best set last year (5,039).
Showing Their Medal
Craig Lautenslager claimed second in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:12.34. It was just .03 off the school record mark held by Emil Blomberg. In addition, Tobi Fawehinmi was the runner up in the men's triple jump (49 feet, 2 1/4 inches).
For the women, Chineme Obikudu took the bronze in the triple jump with a mark of 40 feet, 8 1/4 inches. Tricia Williams brought home third place in the shot put (45 feet, 8 inches). Chloe Lewis posted the third-best mark in school history in the weight throw with a personal-best heave of 52 feet, 7 1/2 inches.
Going the Extra Mile
Joel Duren landed the Sun Belt Conference's top time in the men's mile this year with a 4:10.92. On the women's side, Katelyn Hayward (4:59.87) became the second SBC runner this year to break the 5:00 mark, joining Alfonzo.
UTA will head to Wichita, Kan., to take part in the Herm Wilson Invitational on Friday and Saturday. It is the final meet for the Mavericks prior to the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships held Feb. 22-23 in Birmingham, Ala.
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