T&F: Track teams show well at first-ever December indoor meet

Roland Sales won the high jump in impressive fashion Saturday at Texas A&M.
Dec. 13, 2014



COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The UT Arlington men’s and women’s teams enjoyed some strong performances Saturday at the Texas A&M Reveille Invitational, the program’s first-ever appearance at a December indoor meet.

“It was a nice meet,” UTA coach John Sauerhage said. “We feel pretty good about our team. We’re looking forward to everybody having a good break and staying on track to be ready to go when we return in January.”

A pair of Mavericks won events for the men, who finished second in the four-team scored meet with 76 team points. The women placed fourth with 42 points.

Ryan Tilotta cruised to victory in the 5000 meters with a time of 14:46.19. His mark was less than half a second of his personal best, which is the second-fastest time in school history.

In the field, Roland Sales won the high jump by clearing 7 feet, ½ inch (2.15m). It is just half an inch off his school-record indoor mark (7-1) set during the 2014 indoor season.

In addition, Quentin Butler ran a fast 60m time (6.75) in a fifth-place showing. His clocking is just .01 off the No. 5 mark in school history. Meanwhile, Heath Skelton registered a personal-best mark in the shot put with a throw of 53 feet, 3 ½ inches (16.24m) to place third.

Victor Fincher made an impressive UTA debut by placing second in the 60m hurdles (8.15), while Brandon Blanchard was the runner up in the pentathlon (3,324 points).

Cameron Newson (8th, 21.76), Tarik Crear (10th, 21.81) and Styron Williams (11th, 21.87) all had good opening marks in the 200 meters, as UTA displayed its depth in the sprints.

On the women’s side, Ambria Tisdell (50 feet, 8 ¼ inches) and Chloe Lewis (49 feet, 4 ¼) moved into second and third place, respectively, on the school’s all-time list in the weight throw.

In her debut, Dasia Rolfe ran a 25.12 in the 200m to finish eighth, while Mikayla Williams was one spot behind (9th, 25.17).

Additionally, Porschea Wilson placed fourth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.89.

The Mavericks will return to College Station on Jan. 17 to kick off the spring indoor slate at the Texas A&M Invitational.


Men’s Team Results

1. Texas A&M 129

2. UT Arlington 76

3. Sam Houston State 59

4. Houston 56


Women’s Team Results

1. Texas A&M 158

2. Houston 70

3. Sam Houston State 48

4. UT Arlington 42


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