T&F: Track teams turn in top performances in Waco

Ashly Wright now owns the top 800m time in the Sun Belt.
April 19, 2015

By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com

WACO, Texas -- The UT Arlington Mavericks continued their impressive individual performances Saturday at the Michael Johnson Classic before inclement weather forced the cancellation of the remainder of the event.

Tobi Fawehimni broke his own world Paralympic record with a triple jump of 50 feet, 7 1/4 inches. He beat his previous mark by more than half a foot and now owns the fifth-best leap in UTA history.

Also in the field, Roland Sales placed fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 7 feet, 1/2 inch. It matched his personal best and ranks as the fourth-best mark in school history. The jump is tops in the Sun Belt Conference this year and ranks tied for 17th nationally.

On the women's side, Ashly Wright placed third in the 800 meters with a 2:07.99, a figure that ranks in the nation's top 50 (47th). She now leads the league in that event by more than 1.5 seconds.

Cameron Newson won the weather-shortened 200 meters with a time of 21.10. He now ranks 61st nationally in the 200m and third in the conference.



Quentin Butler grabbed fourth place in the 100 meters with a time of 10.17 to share the best mark in the Sun Belt this year. Clayton Vaughn, competing for the first time in 2015, ran a 10.20 to place sixth. Both men are now listed among the nation's top 12, as Butler is ranked ninth and Vaughn is 11th.

Bianca Finn posted a throw of 45 feet, 11 1/4 inches in the women's shot put, the fifth-best mark in UTA annals. Meanwhile, Heath Skelton continued his strong season by placing third in the men's contest (53-08.50).

In the women's running events, Taylor Davis notched a season-best 55.60 in the 400m to move into third on the conference list. Mikayla Williams ran a 24.41 in the 200 meters to post the No. 7 time in the Sun Belt this year.

Additionally, Chineme Obikudu snagged fifth place in the women's triple jump (40-02.25), while Tamerah Gorham was sixth in the 800m (2:09.85) to now rank third in the league.

UTA is next in action Saturday at the Bobcat Classic in San Marcos, Texas.


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