T&F: Jumpers lead way Saturday at Bobcat Invitational

Brandon Waller had a first- and second-place finish at the Bobcat Invitational.

March 29, 2014

SAN MARCOS, Texas – UT Arlington’s jumpers had strong performances at the Texas State Bobcat Invitational on Saturday, which also marked the final day of competition for the men’s and women’s track programs at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.

Brandon Waller led the Mavericks’ contingent, winning the long jump and posting a runner-up finish in the triple jump at the Bobcat Invitational. His leap of 7.60m (24-11.25) in the long jump was a personal best. He also had an effort of 14.69m (48-02.25) in the triple jump.

In the women’s triple jump, Shae Johnson placed second with a mark of 12.23m (40-01.50). In addition, Debra Johnson placed fourth (11.91m), while Ayofemi Ibrahim (11.37m) grabbed seventh.

The men’s triple jump crew also showed its depth, as Tobi Fawehinmi took fourth (14.46m), while David Brefo placed eighth (13.72m).

Morgan Domingue also had an impressive day in the long jump. She jumped 19-02.75 (5.86m) to finish third.

UTA had a pair of pole vaulters also perform well. Connor McGuire tied his outdoor personal-best effort in the pole vault, clearing 4.72m. That earned him a third-place finish. Meanwhile, Noemie Forget placed sixth on the women’s side (3.70m). 



Just two UTA representatives competed on Saturday at the Texas Relays. Hannah Nilsson placed 14th in the 1500m with a time of 4:42.36, while Whitley Ellison placed 14th in the discus (133-06, 40.69m). UTA elected to hold All-American Clayton Vaughn out of the 100m invitational.

“This weekend we accomplished a good deal and learned a lot,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “This was just one step in our season as we continue to make progress toward the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships.” 

UTA will return to action at the Crimson Tide Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala., next Saturday. 



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