March 26, 2016
2016 Bobby Lane Results
By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Bobby Lane Invitational returned to Arlington after a two-year hiatus with beautiful March weather and solid performances from UT Arlington's track and field athletes at Maverick Stadium.
"Overall we had a good meet," UTA coach John Sauerhage said. "We made a lot of progress today. I think we're going to find our stride and really get it going in the next few weeks."
UTA's individual win came courtesy of Roland Sales in the men's high jump. He shared first place after clearing 7 feet, 1/2 inch (2.15 meters).
Madison Pecot claimed runner-up honors in the women's pole vault with a personal-best clearance of 12 feet, 5 ½ inches. It was the third-best mark in school history.
Also in the field, Tricia Williams grabbed bronze in the women's shot put (47 feet, ¼ inches). It was a personal best and the No. 4 mark in UTA annals.
Kaitlyn Miller (18-10 ¾) and Valery Lavrusha (18-4 ¾) finished third and fourth, first and second among collegians, in the women's long jump. Emeka Nwangwu also had a top-4 finish in the men's 110m hurdles with a time of 14.57.
Fun in the Sun
The 37th Bobby Lane Invitational returned for the first time since 2013 with sunny skies and temperatures of 76 degrees. Winds were out of the south at 11 miles per hour, but well below the NCAA wind rate required for national marks.
A Blast from the Past
The men's 100-meter event featured the three fastest 100m runners in school history with Clayton Vaughn (9.93), Quentin Butler (9.99) and Cordero Gray (10.12). The trio finished 1-2-3 in the event with Vaughn posting the winning time of 10.20. Gray was second (10.22) and Butler was third (10.32).
UTA held an alumni reception inside the Gilstrap Building during the meet. More than 50 former Mavericks attended and were introduced on the infield prior to the 4x400m relays.
"That was a lot of fun," Sauerhage said. "It was great to be around some outstanding people. We had a really good time and look forward to making it an annual tradition."
Five seniors were competing at a home meet for the final time as UTA Mavericks. The women's seniors include Gabriela Alfonzo, Latrice Brooks and Porschea Wilson, while the two men's seniors are Eric Ojeda and Roland Sales. Alfonzo finished fifth in the women's 1500 meters (4:42.04), while Brooks grabbed the same spot in the 800 meters (2:16.02). Meanwhile, Ojeda was fifth in the 5000m (14:53.27), while Sales won the high jump (2.15m).
UTA will send athletes to compete in the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Thursday through Saturday. In addition, the Mavericks will also participate in Texas State's Bobcat Classic over the same three-day period.
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