March 20, 2015
By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
FORT WORTH, Texas - Under adverse conditions Friday at the TCU Invitational, the UT Arlington men's and women's track teams kicked off the 2015 outdoor campaign by battling through a cool rain that fell steadily throughout the afternoon to register a number of strong performances.
Chief among them was a victory by Quentin Butler in the men's 100 meters. Butler ran a 10.36 to top a 24-person field that included a pair of professionals. It was just .11 off his personal best and was even more impressive considering it not only came during the first meet of the season, but also on a wet track.
On the women's side, Ambria Tisdell turned in a standout showing Thursday, shattering the school record in the women's hammer throw by 14 feet. Her toss of 184 feet, 1 inch was good for third place and was a personal record by 10 feet.
A pair of women were crowned champions at the TCU meet. On the track, Taylor Davis won the 400 meters with a time of 55.93. Meanwhile, Chineme Obikudu claimed the long jump with a mark of 18 feet, 6 inches. Obikudu also placed third in the triple jump, touching 38-08.75.
For the men, Grant Copeland also was victorious. He crossed the line first in the 800 meters in 1:56.19.
"We have a lot of work to do, but it was good to get a meet under our belts," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "The weather certainly impacted everyone and we had some kids really battle through that and do some very good things."
Other top three finishes for the men included Roland Sales in the high jump (2nd, 6-08.25), Omar Barnes in the triple jump (2nd, 43-10.50), Carlos Arias in the 3000 meters (3rd, 8:53.70) and Tobi Fawehinmi in the long jump (3rd, 21-11.00).
In addition, Beau Eggers finished sixth in the hammer throw in his outdoor UTA debut. His mark of 157-02 now places him second in school history.
UTA will return to action next week at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin and the Texas State Invitational in San Marcos.
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