T&F: UTA shows its strength at Texas State Invitational
April 6, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The UT Arlington men's and women's track and field teams had a number of standout performances Saturday at the Texas State Invitational, competing well head-to-head all day long against Western Athletic Conference for Texas State.
"Both teams fared very well today," head coach John Sauerhage said. "We had a few breakout performances that we really needed from both the men and the women."
DeAndrea Smith set a school record in the 400 meters by running a 54.05 to place third. She smashed the previous standard, which had stood for 12 years, by .21. She also ran the anchor leg for the women's 4x400 relay team (Ashley Burris, Breonna Baldwin, Ashly Wright and Smith) that notched a winning time of 3:42.35, the third-best clocking in school annals.
Wright also continued to shine, as she was victorious in the 800 meters (2:09.57). Courtney Mose was also strong in the event, taking fourth in 2:14.19.
Morgan Domingue was another woman who made a huge mark in the team's fourth meet of the year. She was the second-place finisher in the long jump with a career-best effort of 6.08m (19-11).
The women were tough in field events throughout the meet. Jennifer Brown won the triple jump with a mark of 11.84m, while teammate Khadijah Jackson placed third with a personal-best jump of 11.76m. Raquel Kilgore placed second in the javelin (34.20m).
Also, Samantha Little was the runner up in the shot put with a toss of 12.55m and also had a bronze-medal showing in the discus (45.29). Meanwhile, Whitley Ellison was the runner up in the discus with a throw of 46.66m.
Quentin Butler's day proved to be among the highlights for the men's squad. The sophomore placed fourth in the 200 meters with a personal-best time of 20.99 and also was the runner-up in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 24-05. In addition, he ran a strong leg on the victorious 4x400 relay team (3:15.02) that also featured Philip Critelli, Jonathan Todd and Sheldon Moss.
Once again, the men's distance crew showed why it won the cross country league title in the fall. Aaron Purser earned a win in the 5000m with a time of 15:31.64. In addition, Ryan Tilotta had a personal-best showing in the men's 1500 meters, finishing as the runner up in 3:53.83, while Virgilio Martinez took fourth (4:03.27).
UTA, which will take next weekend off, is next in action April 17-20 at the Mt. SAC Relays (Walnut, Calif.) and the Beach Invitational (Long Beach, Calif.).