T&F: UTA wins 10 events at Bobby Lane Invitational

The women's 4x100 relay team placed first at the Bobby Lane Invitational.

March 23, 2013

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ARLINGTON, Texas - The UT Arlington track and field programs picked up 10 victories, five by each team, to highlight a chilly, damp day at the 37th annual running of the Bobby Lane Invitational held at Maverick Stadium.

On the women's side, Jennifer Brown shined for the Mavericks, winning a pair of events in impressive fashion. She claimed victory in the triple jump with a mark of 12.53m (41-01.50), which ranks as a personal best and the third-best jump in school history. Brown then added a long jump title with a mark of 5.96m (19-06.75).

UTA's women finished 1-2-3 in the 1500m, with Sydney Hampton taking the race in 4:32.77. Katelyn Hayward (4:35.02) and Hannah Nilsson(4:35.67) made it a sweep of the medal places for the Mavericks.

In addition, the 4x100 relay team of LaDoreal Thompson, Keondra Mallard, Kailey Bostic and Shannon Reynoldscruised to victory with a season-best time of 45.78.

The Mavericks' other women's win came courtesy of Julianne Burch, who claimed the pole vault with a clearance of 3.20m (10-06.00).

Another highlight came courtesy of Ashly Wright, who notched a personal best in a third-place finish in the 800m (2:07.94). Her clocking ranks as the third-fastest time in school history. Unattached runner Dana Mecke won with a Bobby Lane Invitational record time of 2:05.98.

The Mavs finished 2-3 in the 100-meter hurdles with DeOna Stafford (14.41) and Porschea Wilson(14.55).

In the 5000m, Hannah Nilsson was the runner up with a clocking of 17:35.75, while Gabriela Alfonzowas fifth (17:48.14).

Other top-three finishes included: Ashley Burris in the 400m hurdles (2nd, 1:03.10), Morgan Domingue in the long jump (3rd, 5.72m) and Shae Johnson in the triple jump (3rd, 11.90m). Whitley Ellisonclaimed fourth in the discus (47.06m).

Rounding out the women's highlights, Hampton finished fifth in the 800m (2:18.38), while DeAndrea Smith came in fifth in the 200 meters (24.57). Smith also ran a strong anchor leg in the Mavs' runner-up showing in the 4x400 relay (3:43.72). Her push gave the team of Burris, Breonna Baldwin, Wright and Smith the third-fastest clocking in UTA annals.

For the men, a pair of freshman grabbed crowns in the field events. Roland Sales won the high jump, clearing 2.05 meters (6-08.75), while Blake White soared over the 4.70m height (15-05.00) to win the pole vault.

UTA continued to display its dominance in field events, as Quentin Butler was victorious in the long jump with a leap of 7.33m (24-00.75), while Romain Martin won the javelin with a throw of 58.70m (192-07). Martin also placed third in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.54.

In the 5000m, the men earned the top two spots. Ryan Tilotta picked up the win in 14:49.93, while Emil Blomberg (14:57.26) snared runner-up status.

In the 3000m steeplechase, Aaron Purser grabbed a runner-up finish (9:25.82), while teammate Hance Loyd placed fifth (9:52.69).

The Mavs also had four bronze medal placements: Craig Lautenslager in the 1500m (4:00.96), Jonathan Todd in the 400m hurdles (54.93), Brandon Waller in the long jump (6.94m) and Omar Barnes in the triple jump (14.00m).

Waller added a fifth-place effort in the triple jump (13.78m), while Heath Skelton took fifth in the hammer throw (47.06m).

Select UTA athletes will be in action Wednesday through Saturday at the Texas Relays.





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