March 18, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The UT Arlington men's and women's track teams opened their 2016 seasons with some impressive performances in cold, windy conditions today at the TCU Invitational.
"We had some strong performances in tough conditions," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "It was a great chance for us to get back into competition against a very good field of teams."
The high-profile meet included host TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, SMU, Harvard, North Texas, Texas State, Arkansas State and Abilene Christian.
Alexus Henry was the star for the Mavericks, winning the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 10 inches. The clearance ties for the third-best mark in school history. It came just two days after she finished fifth in the heptathlon at the Shirley Crowe Multi Event in Houston with 4,662 points.
UTA's victory on the men's side came courtesy of its stout 4x400m relay squad. The quartet finished with a clocking of 3:16.21.
Back to the women, Tamerah Gorham was the runner up in the 400 meters with a time of 56.59, while teammate Brianna McClure gave the Mavericks two in the top five with a clocking of 57.26.
Ambria Tisdell also had a strong opening day, as she was the fifth-place finisher in the hammer throw with a heave of 167 feet, 4 inches.
For the men, Isaiah McBride finished third in the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 9 3/4 inches. He was joined in the top five by Tobi Fawehinmi (22-07.75).
The Mavericks proved their depth in the men's 400 meters, placing three among the top eight, led by Brenden Wallace, who took fifth in 48.67.
In the men's hurdles, Emeka Nwangu was fifth (14.60) in the 110m race, while Petter Gustafsson claimed the same position in the 400m event (55.64).
UTA will return to action on Saturday, March 26 when it hosts the Bobby Lane Invitational for the first time in three years.
"We can't wait to host our meet next Saturday," Sauerhage said. "We didn't realize how much we missed it, and are very excited to compete in front of our fans again."
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